Morality in the Marketplace

December 01, 1990

A point of contention between two groups of social scientists has surprisingly significant ramifications for the moral quality of our economic life.

Short Rations

October 21, 1990

The state of Oregon is proposing to lead the nation in rationing health care - by denying services to the poor.

Mean judge

Is Corporate Crime Worth the Time?

September 03, 1990

Soon a corporation could be sentenced to do community work, be put on probation, and pay fines.

Policy Implications of Socio-Economics

September 01, 1990

A fair number of social scientists are attempting to develop a new paradigm that will expand the range of sociological, psychological, and institutional factors included in the analyeis of economic behavior, above and beyond the variables typically covered by the neoclassical economic paradigm.

Is Poland Getting Bad Advice?

June 17, 1990

Poland is the only country in Eastern Europe that is attempting to rush from a command-and-control economy to a free-market economy. All the other countries have chosen a gradual transition. My prediction is that Poland will not make it. I base my prediction on sociological, psychological and political factors as well as economics. This broader perspective is a long way from American neoclassical economic theory, on which the “jump now” advice to Poland is based.

Education Begins at Home

May 21, 1990

A major employer reports that about half of its recent job applicants did not meet any of the corporation’s low-level qualifications, including “light typing.”

Getting Down to Business on Corporate Crime

May 21, 1990

The business community is up in arms about attempts to toughen the penalties for corporations that violate the law. In April, business leaders successfully pressured the White House and, through it, the Department of Justice to hold back the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which was about to recommend guidelines that would have required stiff fines - up to hundreds of millions of dollars per offense - for convicted corporations.

Feeding a Fantasy. NASA Out of Orbit

April 16, 1990

No government agency is more adept at public relations that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Going Soft on Corporate Crime

April 01, 1990

This week, sociologist Amitai Etzioni looks at the U.S. sentencing Commission's attempts to develop guidelines for punishing organizations that commit crimes.

A Dubious Solution

March 05, 1990

“A Dubious Solution,” New Leader, March 5, 1990, p. 20. (Daniel Callahan, What Kind of Life: The Limits of Medical Progress.)

Liberals and Communitarians

March 01, 1990

Communitarians charge contemporary liberal philosophers (CLP) with an excessive focus on individual rights and with neglect of obligations to the community, to shared virtues and common purposes.

As the party ends, East Europe faces tough times

January 19, 1990

It is essential to prepare ourselves for the fact hat the good news from Eastern Europe is more or less over. The Soviet Union’s southern republics are not the only trouble spots in a crumbling communist empire. America’s new democratic comrades in East Europe and our relationship with them are also about to face turbulent, testy times.

Fixing the Schools Is Not Enough

December 19, 1989

Plans to reform our schools tend to overlook the fact that about half of our youngsters grow up in families that are not viable from an educational viewpoint. Frequent divorces, a bewildering rotation of boyfriends and parents who come home from work exhausted both physically and mentally, have left many homes with a tremendous parenting deficit. Instead of providing a stable home environment and the kind of close, loving supervision good character formation requires, many child care facilities, grannies, and baby sitters simply insure that children will stay out of harm’s way.

Today We Elect a President-Monarch

November 08, 1989

Many of my colleagues on campus and in the media scoff at the American people. Even those who are neither liberal nor Democratic sneer at Americans’ excessive preoccupation with appearances rather than substance, with symbols rather than issues. Actually, the people have spoken clearly in favor of a constitutional reform: They want a system like Britain’s.

A Lifelong Democrat Packs His Bags

October 08, 1989

After a lifelong affiliation with the Democratic Party and its ideals, I am packing. And I am not alone.