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How America's Puritan Roots Helped Create Its Unforgiving Prison Culture

John Carl | Posted 07.27.2016 | World
John Carl

America's penal system is grounded in a Protestant fundamentalist religious history, with a strong sense of right and wrong and a penchant for justifying abuse.

The Protestant Ethic And The Spirit Of Inhibition

Francis Levy | Posted 07.08.2016 | Books
Francis Levy

Is a side effect of capitalism inhibition? If you remember Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, the habits of blooming capit...

Philippines' Duterte: Neither Trump, Nor A Lee Kuan Yew

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

MANILA, Philippines -- Similar to Lee Kuan Yew, Duterte can become a good leader by not only inspiring discipline and diligence but also investing in a meritocratic, clean and effective state that fulfills its basic functions in an efficient and sustainable manner.

A Night's Ascension Into Enchantment

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization, and, above all, by the 'disenchantment of the world.' Precisely the...

Understanding the Core Mechanisms Behind Growth: A Shift in Emphasis

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

By Tim Robert Schleicher, member of the St. Gallen Symposium's global Leaders of Tomorrow community In debating growth, we usually focus on its desir...

Fritz Stern on Jurgen Osterhammel

Francis Levy | Posted 10.16.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

In his essay/review on Jurgen Osterhammel's The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century ("How We Got to Where We Are,"...

'American Gigolo'

Francis Levy | Posted 08.28.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

Let's say you were transported into a parallel universe where instead of being a neurotic middle aged New York man or woman you were transported to being a sexy young Parisian vamp or say the Richard Gere character or one of the stars of the Showtime series Gigolos.


Kerry Walters | Posted 07.10.2016 | Religion
Kerry Walters

No one believes that zombies actually exist. But our fascination with them points to the latest recurrence of the very same archetype that for earlier generations was communicated in explicitly religious language.

On Idleness, or How to Have your Coffee

Yara Zgheib | Posted 06.19.2016 | Travel
Yara Zgheib

There are two broad philosophies on how to have one's coffee, and two broad philosophies on how to live one's life. Both questions are inextricably linked.

Philippines' Economic Development and the 'Pacquiao Paradox': Shining Individually, Whimpering Collectively

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.08.2016 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Sustained economic development doesn't take place in a vacuum. For the Philippines to become a true "tiger economy" in the coming decades, it has to also experience some changes in its cultural foundations.

Max Weber Didn't Plow the Field

Francis Levy | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

In a review of Peter Ghosh's Max Weber and 'The Protestant Ethic'; Twin Histories (TLS, 2/13/15) Duncan Kelly quotes Weber as saying "I am not a donkey and do not have a field" on the subject of academia.

Feast or Famine?

Francis Levy | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Isn't that precisely how all of life is? There are literally and metaphorically always the rush hours when it's raining and you can't get a cab and then the sunny days, when the city has been vacated, and cabs are everywhere.

Robin Williams' Suicide Tells America What It Doesn't Want to Know

Creston Davis | Posted 10.19.2014 | Denver
Creston Davis

I think of Williams and many of the characters he has "acted" throughout his extraordinary career, and how they found a place for me to feel at home in a culture whose history is most basically about the up-rooting of the very concept of "home."


Francis Levy | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

If MetLife is an insurance company than metalife is condition in which humanity is buried by its own gift of self-reflexive consciousness.

Datafication Redux II: Evgeny Morosov

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Francis Levy

Evgeny Morosov is a Luddite with a Luddite's true nostalgia for a way of life that has passed. The way of life is what is known as the mitteleuropaish...

Fascinating Jews

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

With over three thousand years of history, there is no question that the Jewish people have had their share of fascinating individuals. Here are snapshots of nine fascinating figures featured in NJOP's new eBook: Jewish Treats: 99 Fascinating Jewish Personalities.

The Return of Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 06.11.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Now that his months of behind-the-scenes talks on solving the state's chronic budget crisis have come up short, the Jerry Brown we've known is mostly back. He's speaking out again.