Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Cliff-Top Monastery by A.B. Jackson

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9If you want a 20-line respite from the fascinating train wreck of American politics (on which my eyes are riveted, like everyone else’s), I recommend A.B. Jackson’s “The Cliff-Top Monastery” in the May issue of Poetry Magazine. … Continue reading

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Habermas on the French election

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16Here are Jürgen Habermas’ recent remarks on “the future of Europe” at an event with President-elect Emmanuel Macron and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. They spoke in March, before the election, but Habermas credits Macron with courage in “a … Continue reading

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when social advantage persists for millennia

Facebook95 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 95Consider: In Florence, many of the wealthiest taxpaying families in 1421 are still the wealthiest families today. The very top earner in 2011 is descended from a guild member who was in the 97th percentile in 1421. In … Continue reading

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two cheers for the West

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9The defeat of Marianne Le Pen is a victory for the European Union; and the EU is one of the structures built in the wake of World War II either directly or indirectly by the Western Allies in … Continue reading

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White racial resentment and the 2016 election

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10 Yesterday, I got to hear Michael Tesler present about his forthcoming book with John Sides and Lynn Vavreck: Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. I don’t want to give away … Continue reading

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the remarkable budget deal

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9Many have been rightly alarmed by the Trump Administration’s commitments to terminate programs related to scholarship and science, aspects of k-16 education, environmental and climate research, and national and community service. The critical response from citizens has been … Continue reading

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Mozart illustrates the importance of “bids” in romantic relationships

Facebook17 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 17The psychologist John Gottman discovered a fundamental condition of successful romantic relationships (which is consistent with my experience of 21 happy years of marriage). Partners frequently make “bids” for positive attention. Emily Esfahani Smith illustrates with an … Continue reading

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was the Civil Rights Movement successful because of the Cold War?

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19It’s widely argued that the federal government made concessions on civil rights between 1945 and 1970 because blatant racial oppression was embarrassing during the global struggle against communism. Doug McAdam illustrates this argument by noting the “stark contrast” between FDR and … Continue reading

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