Varieties of American Patriotism — Part I

An interactive chart which the New York Times put up soon after the successful operation of the US Navy Seals showed that responses among the American reading public to Osama Bin Laden’s death were literally all over the map. Even comments logged into the “significant” and “positive” quadrant – which were the majority – expressed […]

Time to the End the Nuclear Power Delusion

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 has once again cast nuclear power in a negative light. Fukushima Dai-Ichi has now joined Three-Mile Island and Chernobyl as warnings of an even-more devastating nuclear disaster that could lie in our future. In each instance, the public received assurance that the accident was […]

Back to the Shores of Tripoli

One of the most overused clichés in the English language is “history repeats itself.”  Yet the events of the past several months seem to prove the point.  Trouble with pirates in the Mediterranean?  Conflict between the west and Islam?  The aftereffects of nuclear power in Japan?  We’ve seen all of these before.  But most recently, […]