Monthly Archives: May 2004

exploiting the war dead for “politics”?

Beth Gillin wrote Saturday’s lead story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about peace activists who commemorate slain American soldiers in public ceremonies. She also discussed Ted Koppel’s decision to read the names of the American dead on “Nightline,” and Gary Trudeau’s … Continue reading

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“media literacy” means believing some things

I’m back from a conference on the reliability of information on the Internet. The motivation for the meeting was a concern about false information and people’s excessive credulity. There was a lot of talk about the need to educate young … Continue reading

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on the road

I’m enjoying Chicago–which is exquisite on a cool, clear May day–but I’m so fully booked that I don’t expect to be able to post anything until Friday. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share … Continue reading

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a varied life

I am fortunate to enjoy a lot of variety in my professional life. Yesterday was a nice example. On my way to work, I thought about a seminar from the previous day when several senior colleagues had discussed a philosophical … Continue reading

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Stanley Fish vs. civic engagement

Last Friday, Stanley Fish wrote an essay in the New York Times attacking the “Civic Responsibility of Higher Education” and everything that document stands for. Fish is a brilliant Milton critic, controversialist, and builder of academic empires. It’s said that … Continue reading

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intellectual roots of liberalism (continued)

Yesterday, I responded to a comment by Jacob T. Levy. He has since posted more (including a response to me)–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For a month now, influential bloggers have been discussing why liberals don’t seem … Continue reading

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liberalism’s great texts

Although I don’t usually blog on weekends, I can’t resist responding to Jacob Levy’s comments about why liberals don’t seem to understand–or care about–the intellectual tradition of their own movement. I see modern liberalism as an eclectic mix of institutions … Continue reading

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why you should read the newspaper

We’re told that the President of the United States doesn’t read beyond the front page because he detects a hostile ideological bias in most reporting. He says: My antennae are finely attuned …. I can figure out what so-called ‘news’ … Continue reading

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the Nuremberg defense

I have long supported the Nuremberg Doctrine: soldiers are individually responsible for war crimes, and following orders is no excuse. Nor is it an excuse to say that an action seemed acceptable and triggered no feelings of bad conscience. War … Continue reading

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charter schools and democracy

I’m enthusiastic about charter schools, but not for the standard reasons. A charter school is a public institution that operates independently, free from most of the usual bureaucratic tangles, with a direct “charter” from some higher authority such as the … Continue reading

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