Examining the lessons of the Harvard Political Union debate.
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It is time for divisiveness in Washington to end; the deficit must be reduced, and both Republicans and Democrats in Washington must work together to implement the cuts necessary and keep the government operating.
America is the richest country in the world. Karl Smith suggests three reasons why: I am going to go pretty conventional on this one and say a combination of three big factors The Common Law Massive Immigration The Great Scientific Exodus during WWII You’ll notice that four of the top five countries in the Human Development Indexhave the Common Law and the ... Read More
Last week, Danny Wilson, our environment columnist, posted a very thorough analysis of a very thorough Yale report about climate change. He notes that Only 39% [of respondents] believe that “most scientists think global warming is happening.” This statistic is by far the most damning, and the most revealing. I agree that this is the most damning of the findings ... Read More
On June 14th of this year, President Obama appointed a commission of seven men and women to evaluate the events that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon spill. The commission, organized less than two months after the spill began but a full month before the oil stopped flowing, released its initial reports this week. In one report, a working paper titled ... Read More
In Federalist No. 63, James Madison wrote that the defining principle of American democracy, as compared to Athenian democracy, “lies in the total exclusion of the people in their collective capacity.” But since Madison wrote those words, several direct-democratic institutions have been introduced into American politics. California became the first state to adopt a ballot-initiative process in 1911, enabling citizens ... Read More
We’ve just posted lots of great online only content as part of our summer issue cycle. It includes: When Science Meets State, an article by John Prince about the future of stem cell research in the United States Is Godless Great?, an article by Sarah Harland-Logan about American secularism and part of our forthcoming Religion in America cover Interviews of ... Read More
Until now I’ve resisted commenting on the controversy that was created last week when Harvard 3L Stephanie Grace’s private email saying she “does not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent” came to light. But now I see that Andrew Sullivan is having a related conversation about race and intelligence, and ... Read More
This week’s big environmental news, namely that President Obama has authorized major offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska, may not be popular with the left but it’s hardly a surprising move, or a necessarily wrong decision. Although he long opposed (and still does oppose) drilling for oil in Alaska’s spectacular Bristol Bay, Obama has consistently been ... Read More