“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; Continue reading
“Presidential Leadership & The Separation of Powers”
Eric A. Posner
Daedalus, Summer 2016
Binary thinking irks me.
Just consider the state of political discourse in the US. One side advocates for restricting unwelcome speech and, at times, seems to think that only wholesale rebuilding of the American system into a parliamentary one will result in the desired, I’m tempted to say proper, Continue reading
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics
My empathic capacity, evidently, is bigger than I thought because in addition to philosophers and historians I’m beginning to feel sorry for liberals.
I’d be less than honest, though, if I didn’t admit thoroughly enjoying this brief, well-reasoned skewering of current leftish pieties. Although it never quite reaches the level of Stalinist/Trotskyite rancor, Lilla’s book is Continue reading
Roy Moore and the Persistence of Regional Folkways
Every once in a while all the weirdness converges at once. When it does I reach for my social science toolkit. After all, outrage, too, is a social construct.
This week, the Republican candidate in a special election for US Senator from the state of Alabama, ran into a firestorm. Three women, on the record, attested to dating Judge Roy S. Moore when they were in their late teens. A fourth offered a Continue reading
“Leadership–It’s a System Not a Person”
Daedalus, Summer 2016
By now it should be apparent I rarely seek information where everyone else does. I don’t even really look for it. I just tend to stumble across things and find a use for them later.
That’s certainly the case with the Summer 2016 issue of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. In what has to be one of the more fortuitous Continue reading
American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus
As a young social science student I took a class sure to be easy. A 200-level course, it promised to use popular culture to illustrate major concepts in sociology.
Piece of cake, I thought. I like to read, it’s popular culture. How hard can it be?
Sixteen weeks later I was dead from the punishing pace of reading 600-page novels, such as Thomas Mann‘s Continue reading