Paul Greenberg

Posted July 02, 2015

The movie "The Talented Mr. Ripley" tends to stay with anyone fascinated by how we acquire and maintain and sometimes switch our personal identity, and how slippery it can be. F

Posted July 01, 2015

How little things change -- and how a lot does. It may all depend on leaders -- their quality, their vision, their temperament. The scenes in Greece would be familiar to any American caught in the low ebb of the Depression, like the panicky lines of depositors trying to get what's left of their money out of shuttered banks. It could be the United States in March of 1933 complete with a bank holiday in effect, and all wondering what happens next.

Posted June 30, 2015

The hopes and fears of all the years met last week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the narrow but sweeping decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that proclaims homosexual couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country. Congratulations to them. At first glance, they've scored a significant victory, even if the score was just 5 to 4.

Posted June 29, 2015

A great history is both complete and to be continued, like a great house with many wings, door after door opened to the light at last. A great historian not only explores history, but his work makes history.

Posted June 26, 2015

The colorful banner that waves above South Carolina's state Capitol -- who knows for how much longer? -- represents the many virtues and values of this our South, only beginning with valor and pride.

Posted June 25, 2015

Nothing is clear yet -- this is, after all, your federal government in ever ham-handed operation -- but as of this writing Alexander Hamilton's portrait is to be airbrushed off the $10 bill. Maybe.

Posted June 15, 2015

There he goes again: According to Bill Clinton in an interview with Bloomberg TV, all that criticism of his and Mrs. Clinton's interlocking foundations, aka Clinton Cash, is just a lot of partisan politics because she's running for president

Posted June 15, 2015

"When I was in college, there were certain words you couldn't say in front of a girl. Now you can say them, but you can't say 'girl.' "

Posted June 12, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to accuse a slew of Republicans of "systematically and deliberately" trying to deny millions of Americans their right to vote.

Posted June 10, 2015

The Fed has earned our sympathy, but not our trust.

Posted June 09, 2015

"My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will, every man can follow his own conscience provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow men." --Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Posted June 09, 2015

It is no surprise that there should be so much corruption in politics. Politics is the art of power, and no one ever came way from exercising it with clean hands, however pure his motives or intentions. The man now at the center of this slowly unraveling, never ceasing, always present scandal became speaker of the House himself only because of a series of scandals that culminated in the resignation of a House majority leader who had led the drive to impeach a president -- before his own extra-marital adventures were revealed.

Posted June 08, 2015

With the exception of Wisconsin's fighting governor, Scott Walker, my favorite underdog in the already overcrowded race for next year's Republican presidential nomination has got to be Lindsey Graham, who's now declared his candidacy. Sen. Graham chose his home town in South Carolina -- indeed, his home neighborhood -- to make his first appearance as a formal presidential candidate.

Posted June 04, 2015

LITTLE ROCK -- The news story was big in these parts and should have been. It came with a full cast of characters, details a-plenty, illustrations galore and historical resonance.

Posted June 04, 2015

You can count on the United States Senate to seriously weaken our national security without seriously strengthening our civil liberties, and call the whole mishmash a compromise. Then go back to sleep until the next disaster strikes.

Posted May 28, 2015

Thank you, William D. Downs Jr.

Posted May 26, 2015

Think of a glorious, leaf-strewn fall afternoon on a football weekend in what was then a small university town in the Midwest, and how you could hear the roar of the crowd in Tiger Stadium clear across little Columbia, Mo., as it echoed and re-echoed.

Posted May 26, 2015

Call her Hillary Rodham Nixon, for there are times when she seems to have learned the old master's routines line by line, evasion by evasion.

Posted May 22, 2015

Alan Turing was a mathematical genius, persecuted homosexual, suicide, someone who went through all the motions of being typical and inwardly was anything but, with so hyper-rational a mind he would strike the rest of us as irrational, a prescient explorer of the mind-machine symbiosis who not only foresaw but played a formative role in the computational future we now live in....

Posted May 18, 2015

What a difference a border can make. Sometimes it marks a difference not just in altitude but attitude.