Herb London is the president of the London Center for Policy Research. He is the former president of the Hudson Institute and professor emeritus at New York University. He created the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1972 and was its dean until 1992. London is coauthor of “The Sunni Vanguard.”
To cite a cliché, the more things change the more they remain the same. This applies to many areas of life, but arguably it is the essence of educational reform.
Jake Witzenfeld, president of Cambridge University’s Israel Society cancelled a talk by Benny Morris, a distinguished Israeli historian, for fear the Israel Society would be portrayed as a mouthpiece for Islamophobia.
Denial is a powerful influence in public life. It is obviously a major influence in the Obama administration, which may explain why a Republican party and conservatism which were declared dead institutions and philosophies have risen as a phoenix with life and vitality.
Based on hints, feints, public pronouncements, and off the record commentary, the administration’s stance toward Iran is coming into focus.
The results are in and my candidate lost the presidency. Since I love this country, I wish the newly named President Barack Obama every success. But this was an election unlike any other.
The belief that if Iran obtains nuclear weapons it can be deterred, just as the Soviet Union was deterred during the Cold War, is neither safe nor responsible.
If the United Kingdom embraces European Union (E.U.) legislation, how will the average person be affected or, put more directly, will the average person be affected?
While the United States and many European nations have recognized Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia, China has indicated it will avoid any precedent that could be applied to Taiwan.
Russell Jacoby author of The Last Intellectuals contends on the pages of The Chronicle Review 1/11/08 that “the fate of public intellectuals today allows no neat and certain answers.”
More than a decade ago Ben Wattenberg wrote a book with the marvelous title, The Good News Is The Bad News Is Wrong. If that book were republished today I would change the title to The Bad News Is The Good News Is Ignored.
The subprime mortgage market has caused a convulsion on Wall Street with several analysts insisting it foreshadows a deep recession. There is little question that a sharp increase in delinquent mortgage payments has been due to loans made to borrowers with weak credit.
While trade sanctions against China are being discussed on Capital Hill, the Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States in a game called “Who will blink first?”
In George Orwell’s novel 1984, the protagonists in the totalitarian society employed “newspeak,” the inversion of words to create false meaning. “War is peace,” “good is bad,” “moral is immoral” are merely a few of the possible inversions. While Orwell passed this mortal coil years ago, his notion of false meaning is alive and well and residing in the United Nations.
Ben Franklin when asked to describe the goal of the Constitutional Convention said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” The last five words are critical. For in the succeeding two hundred years the Republic has undergone shifts and dramatic changes.
Europeans invariably challenge President Bush by saying reflexively the president doesn’t listen.
Having just returned from a sojourn to Hawaii, I can testify that America is dripping in affluence. The luxury hotels where thousands are spent each day are filled to capacity. Occupants range from the very young to octogenarians, but all are there to luxuriate in the sun and sand without any apparent regard for the cost.
Who is George Soros and why is he saying such awful things? Most Americans do not know this billionaire investor, but he, using his vast wealth, has become a force in left wing political circles. In some ways, he is the litmus test for Democratic politics.
It is axiomatic to contend that when Congress passes a law it is almost impossible to reverse it. The influence of the law may be malevolent, but its boosters will use a metaphorical bullhorn to drown out detractors.