But Remember, Good Fences Always Make for Good Neighbors

June 26, 2002

President Bush has offered a fine plant that, at best, will take years to implement. For now, a fence will make all the difference.

Mideast: Focus on the Possible

June 17, 2002

“Mideast: Focus on the Possible” The Christian Science Monitor (June 17, 2002) p 9. By Amitai Etzioni and Shibley Telhami.
As violence in the Middle East continues, hopes for a settlement have been further dimmed by an alarming polarization. Palestinians and Israelis have returned to the language of maximal demands, and to pointing fingers at all that has gone before. This trend can only make peace more elusive.

Ein Amerikaner in Europa wundert sich

June 13, 2002

“Ein Amerikaner in Europa wundert sich” Die Presse (June 13, 2002)

Internet Can Be a Safe Place for Kids and for Free Speech

June 06, 2002

“Internet Can Be a Safe Place for Kids and for Free Speech” Los Angeles Times (June 6, 2002) p 15.

Unfortunately, when Congress set out to protect children from the media and the internet, it used a sledgehammer instead of a surgical scapel.

Thickening the Soup

June 06, 2002

“Thickening the Soup,” Times Literary Supplement, June 6, 2002.
The editors provided a systematic list of questions and concepts for the authors to respond to, which gives the book more unity than such collections often have.

Engaging Iran, Slowly

June 04, 2002

Iran now tops the State Department's list of seven terrorist-sponsoring states. After 10 days in Iran - four cities, 60 interviews - I have little doubt that the United States is better off engaging Iran, as it does China, rather than trying to isolate it, as it does Iraq.

Student Visa Crackdown Won’t Keep America Safe

May 22, 2002

“Student Visa Crackdown Won’t Keep America Safe” USA Today (May 22, 2002) p 12A.
If the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) thinks it can largely curtail the nation's terrorism problems by focusing on college students, we should all worry.

Pedophilia Not Curable, Data Show

May 21, 2002

Many of the responses by the Catholic Church to pedophilia among its ranks implicitly assume that it is a curable disease.

Diversity within Unity

May 14, 2002

“Diversity within Unity.” 21st Century Opportunities and Challenges: An Age of Destruction or An Age or Transformation, Howard F. Didsbury, Jr., Ed.

The Good Society

May 14, 2002

This essay explores some of the elements of what makes for a good society--or--community--from a communitarian viewpoint, with consideration from a combination of social facts as seen by sociologist. Additionally, ethical considerations, with special attention paid to exclusivity and to equality, are addressed.

Die Entdeckung des Gemeinwesens im Kultur-und Sozialbereich

May 14, 2002

“Die Entdeckung des Gemeinwesens im Kultur-und Sozialbereich. Effektivitatsvorteile von Non-profit Organisationen.” Ehre oder Amt?

A Communitarian Approach on Character Education

May 14, 2002

America’s moral and social fabric is weakening. Too often we demand rights without assuming responsibilities, pursue entitlements while shying away from obligations. More broadly, as the increase in antisocial behavior over the last decades indicates, we have lost our commitment to values we all share and next to no new ones have arisen to replace those that were lost.

Individualism – Within History

May 11, 2002

Individualism-The "-ism" indicates a doctrine, dogmatic, overboard commitment-has been so soundly and repeatedly defeated that one must ask: Why is it standing at all? It is a concept so intellectually defective and morally misguided, that one cannot but wonder: Why do people still hold onto this fool's gold?

Implications of the American Anti-Terrorism Coalition for Global Architectures

May 05, 2002

Given the rise in transnational problems and the inadequacy of the old, intergovernmental system, scholars are searching for a new, post-cold war global architecture. The 2001 anti-terrorism coalition presents a new architecture -the semi-empire -which is dominated by one nation (or a small group of nations) that
pressures other nations to follow the course it sets, and has a limited number of missions. The article explores the possibility that the coalition could expand to tackle other transnational problems besides terrorism. Given the coalition's lack of scope and legitimacy, other options are explored that might be more effective and legitimate.