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Innovation in China: Promise or Pipedream?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.17.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

If China fails to turbocharge its capacity to innovate, the country will experience a hard economic landing and social stability will be threatened. But can China evolve into an innovation powerhouse? The jury is out.

"Women's Viagra"--Why Should Government Decide?

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Each of us should be allowed to decide whether or not to accept the agency's opinions. Those who want to categorically trust the government would still be able do so. But those who want to rely on other sources would be given the freedom to choose.

Why We Should Stop Calling Women 'Guys'

Michael Jascz | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women
Michael Jascz

If Women are 'Guys', are Men 'Gals'? Around five years ago, it struck me that the term 'guys' had become commonplace in referring to both men and wom...

Is Sexism In Science Actually Paternalism?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Because of improvements in medical ethics over the past thirty years, we tend to think that this paternalistic attitude no longer or minimally exists. However paternalism in science is all too alive and healthy.

When Paternalism Doesn't Work for Patients

Ravi Parikh | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Ravi Parikh

Paula detested the sitter. And, by extension, she detested the medical team that ordered the sitter. "It's like you guys don't trust me to take care of myself!" she exclaimed, tears running down her face. The fact was, we didn't.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part I

Mark Baer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On April 23, 2015, I read an article titled "Solid negotiation skills crucial for family lawyers," which I felt was an important read for both the public and my colleagues. I therefore shared the article over the social media and with the members of the listserv for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Lawyer Paternalism Is A Very Serious Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 03.20.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The "temporary incompetence" of clients due to their emotional state and the attorneys' paternalistic attitude toward clients create a lack of understanding on the part of both the attorney and the client. This is the legal equivalent of a ship that hits rocks, runs aground, veers off course, and possibly sinks.

Banning Burqas and Niqabs in Europe: The Politics of Full-Face Veiling

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Nancy Graham Holm

Progressive Muslims of both genders oppose a ban but most agree that it is a women's issue that relates to empowerment and agency.

Secrecy, Surveillance, and Public Safety

David Bromwich | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

Three scandals have converged in the past week to preoccupy Congress and the press. Benghazi was the first to come, and it has surprised by its staying power. The abuse of power by the IRS may be, in the long run, the most damaging of these cases for the Obama presidency, but its outlines are only beginning to emerge. But the ugliest of the scandals has come from the revelation of the justice department's seizure of two months of phone calls by 100 AP reporters. This was done to investigate the leak of a thwarted terrorist plot which the government itself had already decided to disclose in public. Different as they are, the scandals all point to a single disorder that afflicts the Obama White House and the Holder justice department. The name of the disorder is paternalism, and its leading symptoms are suppression and secrecy.

Bloomberg vs. Big Soda: Portion Size, Paternalism and Politics

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 08.01.2012 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Forbidding people outright to buy the size of soda they desire strikes me as paternalistic, intrusive and likely to fuel resentment. There may also be problems implementing the ban.

Skins: What Do We Do Next?

Tina Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tina Wells

If Skins is canceled, I want it to happen because we the people decided it wasn't a good show, not because the government got involved and canceled it.

From Whom Do Students (and the Rest of Us) Need Protection?

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Marty Robins

There is nothing dishonest about a card issuer entering into a contract with a school, sports team or otherwise for joint marketing efforts, as long as such efforts do not involve misrepresentation .

A Tale of Phrenologists and Predatory Lenders

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leah Anthony Libresco

The question comes up again and again for regulators and lawmakers: when is a product so harmful that it ought not be sold at all?

The Permanent Forced Childhood Of A "Kept" People

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Nations that develop under the guidance of a paternalistic state run the risk of leaving their people in a kind of stagnated adolescence. The case of Cuba is one of the paradigmatic examples.

Should We Want Movies Like Sandra Bullock's The Blind Side?

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

In the manipulated world of movie trailers, Oher's story is a disturbing revival of the "benevolent white master" trope.