Archive: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Top 10 most destructive government actions

Martin L. Gross has a beef with the way Washington works, or rather, the way Washington has of mucking things up. In "National Suicide: How Washington Is Destroying the American Dream from A to Z," Gross lays out how tax dollars are wasted, government programs fail and scams are perpetrated....

By Steven E. Levingston | November 13, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (16)

The new Cold War: the War on Terror

An Afghan mobile vender pushes his cart through war damaged buildings in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP) Some policies die hard. In "America's Cold War: the Politics of Insecurity," published by Harvard University Press in October, authors Campbell Craig and Fredrik Logevall argue that American policy formed during...

By Steven E. Levingston | November 12, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Racial reconciliation: Mississippi leading the way?

In "The Past Is Never Dead: The Trial of James Ford Seale and Mississippi's Struggle for Redemption," Harry N. MacLean explores the issue of racial reconciliation. The book wonders whether the conviction of former Klansman Seale can atone for an era of racially motivated sins. We asked MacLean to reflect...

By Steven E. Levingston | November 11, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Animal empathy and its political implications

Primatologist Frans de Waal has some surprising news about human empathy: among the beasts of the animal kingdom, we are not alone in this emotion. De Waal says research shows that both lab rats and elephants, among other creatures, have an instinctual tendency toward empathetic behavior. We asked de Waal,...

By Steven E. Levingston | November 10, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Evangelicals' political clout: real or imagined?

Every election cycle the political power of evangelicals and the Christian Right seems to come under fresh scrutiny. But what is the actual impact of the group's excellent mobilization efforts. Steven Brint, professor of sociology and associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University...

By Steven E. Levingston | November 9, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)


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