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Why Women Are the Moralist's Favorite Scapegoat

Diane Ducret | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Diane Ducret

Today, in France, whenever I hear certain right-wing moralists denounce the "feminization" of our society, I realize that we are once again going through one of these periods of instability when the female sex becomes an object of political tension.

The 'Why College?' Question

Gloria Yu | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Gloria Yu

Two questions presently dominate the public discourse on education: whether college students should major in the humanities and whether a six-year Brooklyn high school should be the new model for secondary education in the United States.

A Conversation With Director Robert Stone of Pandora's Promise

Govindini Murty | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

Nothing symbolizes this more in the modern age than nuclear power. Robert Stone's provocative new documentary Pandora's Promise takes a surprising look at this most controversial of energy technologies.

The "Politics" of Business

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Zachary K. Pearce

Thinking about both democratic and authoritarian regimes, including the dire circumstances surrounding them throughout history, and even in the contemporary world, how do these ideas connect to business? The answer may be more obvious than you think.

Who's Got It Right About the European Union: David Cameron or Alfred Nobel?

Tad Daley | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Tad Daley

Since everything else -- our economies, our communications, our single planetary environment -- succumbs more completely to globalization every day, shouldn't we eventually bring about a complete globalization of our structures of governance as well?

Dog Time

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 03.06.2013 | Parents
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

I am not claiming that owning a dog will teach your child something noble, like responsibility, although perhaps it will. But, for those of us who are prone to observe the fleeting nature of our lives, owning a dog places you firmly in the present. Call it "dog time."

Voice of the Hidden Waterfall

Tamsin Smith | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Tamsin Smith

When I hear Morten Lauridsen's choral composition, I sense a boundless beauty and tenderness within the nature of humankind. Here, there is no place for evil. Perhaps his music is even the wind that would bend us to be better.

"Occupy Rousseau" and Challenge Inequality in America

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

Jean-Jacques Rousseau proclaimed in his Social Contract that men, though born free, were everywhere in chains. Astonishingly, three centuries later, inequality continues to dog capitalism and taint democracy's legitimacy -- worse now even than back then.

Why does Rousseau matter today?

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.07.2012 | New York
The New York Public Library

This year, Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau turns 300. To celebrate, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and the City of Geneva ha...

Ethiopia: Broken Contract, Broken Faith, Broken Country

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

It isn't clear what Zenawi means in his repeated use of the word "contract" to describe the relationship between the people of Ethiopia and his party.

What Is the Arab Third Estate?

Uriel Abulof | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Uriel Abulof

For two long centuries, the Arab Middle East has struggled to meet the challenge of modernity, a task exacerbated by the lingering, and increasing, dissonance between the glorious past and the shameful present.

Turning to the Enlightenment to Get Out of the Tiger Mother Dark Ages

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nina Sankovitch

I don't care how you raise your kids. But for the sake of your kids' friends, teachers, and anyone with whom they come in contact now, can you just try to raise kids who are kind?

Bush and Memoirs

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

Former President Bush has written his recollections and there have been conflicting accounts of what, exactly, they are. Let me try and clarify the distinctions between the various genres of autobiography.

What the BP Oil Spill Tells Us About Human Nature

Andrew Belonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Belonsky

We have seen ecological disasters before, yet we continue to ignore experience and foresight, instead preferring to expand profits.