Controlled Maintenance

March 01, 2007

Iran has a strong case when it maintains that it has an internationally recognized right to develop dual-use nuclear technologies, enrich uranium, and keep all the plutonium it wants.

Security First: Ours, Theirs and the Global Order's

March 01, 2007

Both neosconservatives and liberals have overestimated the extend to which one nation, even a superpower with United Nations support, can re-engineer regimes. 

Reconstruction: An Agenda

March 01, 2007

This essay discusses several issues involving the theory of post-conflict reconstruction, and suggests that the concepts of reconstruction and of economic development be carefully kept apart. It explores the question of what moral and legal obligations to reconstruction the occupiers incur.

Do We Want a Market in Organs?

February 25, 2007

Virginia Postrel, a renowned libertarian, draws on ''Last Best Gifts,'' by an economic sociologist, Kieran Healy (Jan.

Community Deficit

February 08, 2007

The European Union is suffering not just from a democratic deficit, but a community deficit. The level and scope of its integration activities far exceed the degree of community that it sustains. The article explains why community, particularly normative-affective community, is needed and how it can be built in the EU.

Foreword: Civic Service Analysis Has Come of Age

December 15, 2006

Local, national, and international civic service is again a hot topic in the wake of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq (Dionne, Drogosz, and Litan 2003; Schulman 2002: Wilheml and Williams 2002; Dionne and Drogosz 2003; Galston 2001). Questions are raised about the distribution of the burden of military service among various social groups, the need for a draft, and the need for alternative services.

The Moral Limits of Economic Growth

December 01, 2006

“The Moral Limits of Economic Growth,” Sociological Forum 21, No. 4 (December 2006), pp.175-179.
In an erudite book, Harvard economist Benjamin Friedman argues that economic growth does not mearly shower its beneficiaries with material goods but it also a moral blessing.

The Global Importance of Illiberal Moderates

November 03, 2006

In contrast to the claim that the most significant fault line in contemporary global affairs is between the civilisation of the West and all others, this essay argues that the schism between those who advance their values through violence and those who rely on persuasion, both of which are present in all civilisations, is the greatest source of conflict in the post-Cold-War era.

Sovereignty as Responsibility

November 01, 2006

The 1990s saw numerous humanitarian crises around the world. The international community intervened in some of these, such as Kosovo, but did not in others, Rwanda being the prominent example.

Good Grief

October 07, 2006

Soon after my wife died - her car slid off an icy road in 1985 - a school physchologist warned me that my children and I were not mourning in the right way. 

Self-Evident Truth (Beyond Relativism)

August 15, 2006

Making light of relativism, of the old-fashioned personal variety, or of the "postmodern" cultural, politically correct one, is like shooting fish in a barrel. it has been done often and well, but the barrel is still full, at least in part because no other, more compelling, content has been provided.

Don't 'Brown' the Hispanics

August 01, 2006

Consider the following headline: "Reading score of blacks and Hispanics improve: Scores of whites show little change." 

A Neo-Communitarian Approach to International Relations

July 01, 2006

New communitarianism is important even to those who care little about academic disputes.

Values and the Future of American Politics

July 01, 2006

“Values and the Future of American Politics,” Contemporary Sociology 35, No. 4 (July 2006): pp.337-340.
If the American public swinging back and forth between liberal and conservative-or are liberal eras short episodes in a conservative society?

A Communitarian Approach: A Viewpoint on the Study of the Legal, Ethical and Policy Considerations Raised by DNA Tests and Databases

June 16, 2006

This article seeks to outline a viewpoint on the study of the legal, ethical and policy considerations raised by DNA tests and databases (from here on, DNA usages). It does not delve into the specifics involved. It outlines a way of thinking that has proven productive elsewhere and seems promising in dealing with DNA usages in the United States, but little more. Given that this essay is about a communitarian approach that draws on specific communitarian values, I turn next to briefly present the approach here followed.