An earful on the war from America’s ‘allies’

May 01, 2002

If you want to get a feeling for why America's allies are rapidly peeling off from supporting the war on terrorism, the following presonal account may help.

Mideast Needs A ‘Wall’ to Cool off Violence

April 09, 2002

Now that President Bush has sent Secretary of State Colin Powell to stop the bloodshed in the Middle East, my advice to him and all of us -- based on the 21 years that I lived in Isreas - is that we stop asking who is in the right.

For Now, the Saudi Plan is Just a Mirage

April 01, 2002

Every time you believe the mindless bloodshed in the Middle East has reached an incredible height, you wake up to find that the horror escalated some more.

An All Inclusive Marriage Initiative

March 01, 2002

“An All Inclusive Marriage Initiative” The Christian Science Monitor (March 1, 2002).
If you've been divorced, or had trouble in your marriage or any other lasting relationship - did I leave anyone out? - you many want to send an e-mail to the White House, saying something like "right on" and "me too".

The Presidency Needs Privacy

February 14, 2002

“The Presidency Needs Privacy” The Christian Science Monitor (February 14, 2002) p 9.
Based on my experience as a White House staff member, I hope Congress will respect the government's position that conversations Vice President Cheney had about energy policy are "privileged." The ability of the president and his senior staff to hold consultations without fearing that every thought aired could become public is so important for the well- being of the republic that I favor respecting "executive privilege" - even if it sets back the Enron investigation.

Give Wrongdoers a Chance to Repent

February 09, 2002

“Give Wrongdoers a Chance to Repent” Boston Globe (February 9, 2002) p A15.
We are now on a witch-hunt. We are discovering "plagiarists" at the rate of one every two weeks or so.

Towards a Socio-Economic Paradigm

February 02, 2002

This paper contains three parts. The first outlines the reasons I believe the time has come to develop a shared disciplinary core for socio-economics. It then turns to the principles that ought to guide us in developing such a core, and finally, suggests several specific elements for such a discipline. While my discussion benefits from a document formulated when SASE, a society founded to advance socio-economics, was first founded, all that follows reflected my current views as to on what is to be done and to feed into a dialogue on this subject.

Critics of ‘Boutique’ Doctor Care Miss the Point

January 24, 2002

“Critics of ‘Boutique’ Doctor Care Miss the Point” USA Today (January 24, 2002) p 15A.
For $600 to $5,000 a year above what their insurance already pays, patients at these "boutique" practices receive a battery of extra services from their doctors: 24/7 availability (some even given their cellphone numbers); hand-holding during major consultations with specialists; leisurely office visits free from the usual rush.

You'll Love Those ID Cards

January 14, 2002

“You’ll Love Those ID Cards” Christian Science Monitor (January 14, 2002) p 11.
Today, we learn the conclusions of a special task force examining the merits of a national, tamper-proof ID card.

Professors Balance Duty to Students, Public Lives

January 14, 2002

“Professors Balance Duty to Students, Public Lives” USA Today (January 14, 2002) p 13A.
If you are a college student, plan to go to college or know anyone who is about to enroll, you may with to send a message of support to the beleaguered president of Harvard, Lawrence Summers.

Can There be a Global Society?

January 01, 2002

“Can There be a Global Society?” Perspectives (January, 2002) v 25, no. 1 p 1.
Theory develops in many ways, including through quests for internal consistency, codification, and formalization.

USA May be One Nation After All

December 31, 2001

“USA May be One Nation After All” USA Today (December 31, 2001) p 12A.
Despite Sept. 11, despite massive job layoffs that added another layer of grief for many American families, 2001 was quite a stellar year, which augurs well for the future.

America’s Battle of Extremes on Safety and Rights

December 18, 2001

“America’s Battle of Extremes on Safety and Rights” The Boston Globe (December 18, 2001) p A23.
The escalating confrontations between the champions of public safety and civil rights prevent us from seeing numerous middle-of-the-road public policies whos merits any reasonable person would recognize in a heartbeat.

Homeland Defense Offers Best Option for Volunteerism

December 12, 2001

“Homeland Defense Offers Best Option for Volunteerism” USA Today (December 12, 2001) p 15A.
We shall soon find out what President Bush meant when he called on Americans to do more than fly, shop and "get down to Disney World in Florida."