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Essays

Jul 21st 2015

O.K., I admit it: I have resumed a love affair begun more than four decades ago. The object of my affection -- and I should add, also of my wife's -- is Finland, a country where we once lived when I was researching my doctoral dissertation.

Jul 19th 2015

What would Voltaire make of his uncertain place in the collective American consciousness today?

Jul 13th 2015

Greece is in desperate trouble, but at least its survival as a nation is assured. In contrast, the UK might very well cease to exist within the next decade or so. In its place, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could emerge as completely independent nations.

Jul 9th 2015

NEW YORK – Vidkun Quisling, Norway’s wartime fascist leader whose name has become synonymous with collaboration with evil, lived with his wife in a rather grandiose villa outside of Oslo.

Jul 7th 2015

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is this summer's campaign phenomenon. Consider the crowds he is drawing. In Madison, Wisconsin, he recently attracted a crowd of nearly 10,000 raucous, enthusiastic supporters.

Jul 2nd 2015

Racially Motivated Murder

Jun 29th 2015

Beginning with my book Moral Politics in 1996 (Ch. 12), I have been arguing that environmental issues are moral issues.

Jun 27th 2015

You care about literature. You might even want to get published. Maybe you’ve got the short story done. You’re working on the novel. You don’t have an agent, a big publishing house.

Jun 25th 2015

This week in a televised press conference, Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.

Jun 24th 2015

"The idea of nullification in its own way is equally odious......... It is frightening that such an idea has captured the imagination of so many Republican legislators. It is an idea that the national GOP leadership should repudiate, and soon.

Jun 23rd 2015

"I told you so" just seems so inadequate.

Jun 22nd 2015

The sex lives of older people have received a lot of attention recently.

Jun 21st 2015

Importing the “Divine Past” into the Present

Jun 19th 2015

The Pope now recognizes the obvious: our climate is changing as a consequence of human activity.

Jun 19th 2015
What makes Pope Francis and his 183-page encyclical so radical isn’t just his call to urgently tackle climate change.
Jun 16th 2015

Domestic violence tends to be considered as a younger persons’ problem. The majority of adverts and campaigns focus on issues affecting younger people – and they often use younger models to increase awareness of domestic violence.

Jun 15th 2015
It might seem too simplistic to equate old people with old cars, but the comparison is a valid one. Everything ages. It is the accumulation of damage that we incur simply by being here. As with cars, our bodies break down with time, not because of any manufacturing defect, but due to wear and tear.
Jun 14th 2015

It is a line repeated with tiresome regularity in right-wing circles: Pope Francis has no business proposing solutions to the crisis of global climate change. He is not a scientist, they say. He should stick to morals and to matters of faith and doctrine.

Jun 12th 2015

Northern Ireland recently changed the law to criminalise the act of paying for sex. This follows a trend set in Sweden, where selling sex is legal but buying it is criminalised.

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