Archive: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

A call to conservative pessimism

Look no further than John Derbyshire's photo on the book jacket to know what's in his mind. The National Review contributing editor scowls above his bow-tie, his eyebrows narrowed in cartoonish dyspepsia. The countenance suits the mood of his humorous but deadly serious blast at Republicans: "We Are Doomed: Reclaiming...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 22, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Exaggerating the alarm over a nuclear attack

How much should the prospect of a nuclear attack frighten us? In the view of John Meuller, a professor of political science at Ohio State University, our worries about nuclear weapons and their use by sovereign states and stateless terrorists border on obsession. Fact is, he points out in "Atomic...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 21, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

How to build a grassroots movement

Stephen Noble Smith is a young grassroots organizer educated at Harvard and trained in political action on campus, in Bostwana and Chicago. In "Stoking the Fire of Democracy: Our Generation's Introduction to Grassroots Organizing," Smith lays out the steps to effective political action for his generation. The book describes how...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 20, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wacky world of political predictions: Everything you ever feared - and desired - never happened

By Steven Levingston For as long as we've been blessed with imagination, we sorry dreamers have turned it to faulty prediction. Besides the obvious goofy expectations - flying cars, moon bases and plankton as our main source of sustenance - we've dished out scores of ridiculous forecasts on the political...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 19, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)


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