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Thomas M. Franck: The Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of Individualism

December 01, 2001

“Thomas M. Franck: The Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of Individualism,”Journal of Law and Society 28, No. 4 (December 2001), pp. 606-609.
This is the liberal (in the political theory sense of the term) guide to the future of the planet.

Consider a New Mideast Option

November 15, 2001

President Bush, in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly this past weekend, said for this first time that the USA was "working toward the day when two states -- Israel and Palestine -- live peacefully together within secure and recognized borders.

How Not to Win the War

November 07, 2001

The United States has been scaling back its bombing on Fridays, the Muslim Sabbath. And only of after much public agonizing has the Bush administration decided to continue bombing during the Muslims' holy month of Ramadan.

Inventing Hispanics

November 01, 2001

“Inventing Hispanics” The Brookings Review (Winter 2001, vol. 20, no. 1) p 10.
Thirty years ago immigrants from Latin America who settled in the United States were perceived in terms of their home nation--as, for example, Cuban Americans or Mexican Americans, just as Europeans newcomers were seen as Italian Americans or Polish Americans. Today the immigrant flow from Central and South American has grown substantially, and the newcomers are known as Hispanics.

Let’s Send Katz Packing

October 29, 2001

“Let’s Send Katz Packing” The National Law Journal (October 29, 2001) p A24.
The U.S Supreme Court ruled last term, by the thinnest possible majority, that a bizarre concept once used to define privacy will also be projected into the new age of advanced law enforcement technologies.

Censorship of War News Undermines Public Trust

October 23, 2001

A friend who works as a high-ranking public-information (that is, publicity) officer for the U.S. Army told me that he does not expect to be sent any place near Afghanistan, because "we plan to release as little information as possible, or less."

A Proud American Moment

October 11, 2001

“A Proud American Moment” The Christian Science Monitor (October 11, 2001) p 9.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, only one day after the assault on America, newspapers caried extensive reports about attacks on Muslim Americans.

Beyond Transnational Governance

October 10, 2001

References to world government have long been treated as utopian notions held by a few visionaries. This much-dismissed vision is re-examined here in light of the fact that self-determination based on national governments, to the extent that it existed a generation ago, is increasingly curtailed by transnational developments.

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USA Can’t Impose Democracy on Afghans

October 10, 2001

“USA Can’t Impose Democracy on Afghans” USA Today (October 10, 2001) p 15A.

With the best of intentions, numerous U.S. public officials are busy plotting the future of the Afghan government and society.

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Should U.S. Forces Strike Back? Yes

September 18, 2001

“Should U.S. Forces Strike Back? Yes” USA Today (September 18, 2001) p 25A

If we try to deal with terrorist attacks mainly by heightening our defenses, we will need to curb even more our freedom of movement, of assembly, of commerce.

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A New Cold War

September 18, 2001

“A New Cold War” The Boston Globe (September 27, 2001) p A15.
(Reprinted in The Jerusalem Post, October 5, 2001.)

International terrorism will not be greatly diminished until we help open the societies that sponsor terrorists and that terrorize their own people.

The Myth of Privacy Invasion

September 10, 2001

“The Myth of Privacy Invasion” The Christian Science Monitor (September 10, 2001) p 9.
Members of Congress are returning to Capital Hill, having assessed what's on voters' minds.

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Economists Fail as Forecasters

August 13, 2001

The checks are in the mail. That's the message the Bush administration has been happily promoting about the tax-rebate checks now being sent out. But if you believe President Bush when he tells you that the billions of dollars involved "will help our economy," you have been fooled.

Bush’s community-based plan faces bumpy road

August 13, 2001

“Bush’s community-based plan faces bumpy road” USA Today (August 30, 2001) p 13A
This fall, President Bush plans to roll out a whole new slew of initiatives aimed at shoring up the moral foundations of the country.

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It’s a Crime, the Way Politicians Go at It

August 05, 2001

I feel as though I've been watching a new show in Washington lately: I call it "Everyone's a Criminal." Here are the highlights of the latest episodes: Democrats, in full outcry, demand that White House senior adviser Karl Rove be investigated for possible violations of conflict of interest laws for meeting with representatives of a large computer corporation in which he owns substantial shares, and with lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry, in which he has some modest holdings.