Don’t Let Government Give Up on Family

January 28, 1992

We have become so insensitive to what it takes to sustain families that when our policy-makers finally come up with a proposal that they claim is “pro-family,” it actually undermines the foundations of the family.

The Perils of American Tribalism

January 01, 1992

“The Perils of American Tribalism,” Washington Post Book World, September 8, 1991, p. 4. (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Disuniting of America, Reflections on a Multicultural Society.) Also published: International Herald Tribune, 25.IX.91. “Tribalism in America,” Bureaucrat 20, No. 4 (Winter 1991-1992): pp. 63-64.

Making Amends in Public Life

January 01, 1992

Before the press gobbles up the next public figure in what is aptly called a "feeding frenzy," before we throw another individual into the lions' den- a.k.a. the Senate confirmation process--we need to consider the idea of a popularly accepted statute of limitations for moral transgressions.

Coming In Out Of the Cold War

November 11, 1991

At first I did not have any inkling that Bogdan Walewski wanted to involve me in an international intrigue. He introduced himself over the phone as the second secretary of the Polish Mission to the United Nations.

Social Science as a Multicultural Canon

November 01, 1991

The current debate over educational canons largely involves the humanities disciplines of history and literature.

A New Community of Thinkers, Both Liberal and Conservative

October 08, 1991

A sociological prize ought to be awarded to the member of a TV audience who, during a show about the S&L mess, exclaimed: “The taxpayers shouldn’t pay for this; the government should!” He expressed well a major theme of contemporary American civic culture: a strong sense of entitlement and a weak sense of obligation to the community. Americans hold dear the right to be tried by a jury of their peers; but when asked to serve on such juries, most do their damnedest to evade the call. Most Americans cheered our show of force in the Gulf, but very few wish to serve in the armed forces or have their children sign up.

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Reflections on Teaching Business Ethics

October 07, 1991

“Reflections on Teaching Business Ethics,” Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4, (October 1991), pp. 355-365.

American Competitiveness: The Moral Dimension

October 01, 1991

At first glance, America's loss of competitiveness seems a simple matter. The litany is all too familiar.

Beyond 'Political Correctness,' Left or Right

October 01, 1991

A liberal friend scratched me off his cock-tail party guest list. 


The Slings and Errors of a New Publication

September 11, 1991

If you are thinking of starting a quarterly publication, lie down until the urge goes away. I did not; I am still standing, but barely. The economic, social, and intellectual curve balls that I have had to field in the past I would not wish on my least favorite people.

Standing Tall Invites Knocking Down

July 07, 1991

Americans are so anxious to protect their populist, republican, anti-monarchy tradition that whenever a leader or public figure so much as approximates a venerable status, we shred his or her public persona. Lately we have knocked down a peg or two the public servant par excellence Clark Clifford and the super-scientist David Baltimore, and we’ve given Nancy Reagan one more public trashing (adding some swipes at her husband), and the Kennedy clan another working-over (our populism is quite bipartisan).

Eastern Europe: The Wealth of Lessons

July 01, 1991

Frictions-psychological, sociological, political-is a major social science variable. During changes, friction is high. The post-communist transition from command economics to freer ones vividly highlights the perils of ignoring this basic factor.

A New Plea for the Public’s Interest

May 07, 1991

Americans have recently called for more government services, but showed greater opposition to new taxes; the express their willingness to show the flag anywhere from Central America to the Gulf, but many are reluctant to serve in the armed forces; and they have a firm sense that one ought to have the right to be tried before a jury of one’s peers, but evade serving on such juries.

Socio-Economics: The Next Steps

May 07, 1991

Socioeconomists should not act like shoemakers who have no time to make shoes for themselves.

Health Care Rationing: A Critical Evaluation

May 07, 1991

 “Health Care Rationing: A Critical Evaluation,” Health Affairs, Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer (1991). pp. 88-95.