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Hubris

The (Provisional) Truth About Emotions

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.13.2014 | Media
Paula Gordon

I am not a fan of the New York Times. I rarely use my quota of free-to-the-internet articles. My view is that, institutionally, they are not nearly so...

New Year's Tar Pits

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

The writing exercise taught me what I can do when I feel stuck in the metaphorical tar pits. When the quicksand threatens, I need to embrace those writing dreams -- to mold my experience into words that can rise above the muck.

The Power of Pride

David DeSteno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David DeSteno

So is pride a sin or a virtue? If one's pride stems from true ability and is expressed in moderation, it will be quite valuable. But if the pride is misplaced -- if it's not reflective of one's true abilities or competence -- then it is hubris and can only end in ruin.

Mexicans Ain't White: The Gus Garcia Story

Tony_Diaz | Posted 09.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

What evidence did he present, which metaphors did he use, which rhetorical strategies did he utilize for his legal argument that swayed the United States Supreme Court to finally recognize us and ensure that we would be granted all the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Constitution?

Hallelujah! The World's Sleaziest Politician Goes to Jail!

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Here in the USA, we're all used to the downfall of sleazy, ethics-free politicians. But they have all met their match in terms of plumbing the depths of human sludge compared to the loathsome British politician who has just been sentenced to jail for "perverting the course of justice."

The War of the Image Managers

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Just what are we to make of the decade of military hagiography we've just passed through? What did it mean for two generals to soar to media glory while the wars they commanded landed in the nearest ditch?

Sucking Up to the Military Brass

William Astore | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
William Astore

America's military is astonishingly top heavy, with 945 generals and admirals on active duty as of March 2012. Such a dynamic leads to mediocrity rather than excellence.

David Petraeus Stars In Morality Play Beyond Hollywood

Howard Fineman | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

The story teaches an old lesson: It's virtually impossible to overstate the comical hypocrisy of our leaders, especially those lionized to the point of canonization by a credulous media in search of uplift.

Olympic Lessons for an Imperial America

David Coates | Posted 07.30.2012 | Home
David Coates

As American eyes turn to London, it will be worth remembering that this will be London's second post-World War II Olympic Games, not the first, and that there are also medals to be won by comparing the condition of the UK during the last time the Games were held in London with its condition now.

Humility and Hubris in Science and Technology

Terry Newell | Posted 07.21.2012 | Science
Terry Newell

In April, researchers discovered that the dysbindin-1 gene may be linked to general cognitive ability. This was reported in scientific journals but its potential impacts were not seriously discussed.

DSK - Faux Spin Doctor

Christopher Strong | Posted 11.26.2011 | World
Christopher Strong

Life's Like That One of the many interesting positions that life can twist you into is that of being wrong and right on the same subject. Such has b...

Let's Cancel 9/11

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The uses of 9/11 in the decade since have added up to a profile in cowardice, not courage, and if we let it be used that way in the next decade, we will go down in history as a nation of cowards.

Bush At War

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

What happens when a great nation -- and this is a great nation -- elects a ruler who is not up to the task of being president? The answer is to be found in George W. Bush's memoirs, Decision Points.

Hillary Rebuts the Declinists

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Among foreign policy mandarins here and abroad, it's become axiomatic that America must radically downsize its global ambitions to avoid hubris and to match our straitened economic circumstances. Hillary Clinton is having none of it.

Defending Michael Steele From War-Hungry RNC Members & Pentagon-Hugging Dems

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

This knee-jerk criticism of Michael Steele is wrong-headed by the Dems -- and all too predictable from neoconservatives like Bill Kristol. The recklessness is Kristol's -- and the hubris the DNC's.

Obama, Woods, Racism and Me

Lisa Solod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Solod

In the past few weeks, the two most famous and arguably most successful black men in America have taken a huge fall.

Obviously Obama

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael DeJong

With a smart president now at the helm, we'll be entering a new era that'll offer decency over hubris, peace over war, intelligence over beliefs, openness over secrecy, and creativity over the status quo.