There are some specific words that are not particularly popular with the European Commission: “hi-tech,” “anti-competitive,” and “bundling” to name a few. Throw “U.S. firms”...
Drug Resistant Diseases Proliferating
We were told not to do it but we did it anyway. For decades the medical and biological sciences have been warning us about the... Read more
‘Poor Doors’ Highlight Social Costs of Growing Up in the Shadow of Wealth
One of New York City’s newest luxury apartment buildings recently started accepting applications for low-income renters who will use a controversial “poor door”—a separate entrance... Read more
Why Most of Us Procrastinate in Filing Our Taxes—and Why It Doesn’t Make Any Sense
April 15, a day most of us dread, is here. Have you filed your taxes yet? Economists believe most people are rational calculating machines, but... Read more
Four Ways to Lessen Campus Rapes
Campus rapes and sexual assaults can be reduced. It will take multiple approaches. One key is for victims to feel willing to report the crime... Read more
Kenya’s Garissa Attack Wasn’t Just a Tragedy. It Was Blowback
The old anti-war song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” has the refrain “When will they ever learn?” That’s what came to mind after al-Shabab’s... Read more
Sexual Terror and Impunity in Somalia
Two summers ago, a Somali mother publicly recounted a harrowing experience of sexual abuse and humiliation at the hands of African Union troops in Mogadishu... Read more
China–Pakistan: A Strategic Relationship in the Shadows
The China–Pakistan relationship has inspired plenty of florid language, invoking “iron brothers” whose “all-weather friendship” is “higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the oceans.”... Read more
Confronting Tradition in the Classroom
It’s April, and those of us residing in the northeastern United States continue to shelter our bodies in sweatpants and hide away under blankets, waiting... Read more
Who Says a Better World Is Impossible?
Cars, air travel, space exploration, television, nuclear power, high-speed computers, telephones, organ transplants, prosthetic body parts… At various times these were all deemed impossible. I’ve... Read more
Want Worker Wages to Rise? End the Corporate Income Tax
Workers’ wages have stagnated, even as the unemployment rate has plunged to a seven-year low and the economy is bounding ahead. Some people propose raising... Read more
Saving Coal Country
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell recently took the extraordinary step of calling on governors to ignore Washington’s Clean Power Plan, an EPA mandate to curb carbon... Read more
It’s Too Late to Debate Metadata
What has been so frustrating throughout the metadata “debate” is that we have been kept in ignorance as to what it was that the law... Read more
Unlike a Rolling Stone: Is Science Really Better Than Journalism at Self-Correction?
Rolling Stone’s retraction of an incendiary article about an alleged gang rape on the campus of the University of Virginia certainly deserves a place in... Read more
Water Is Life; We Can’t Afford to Waste It
How long can you go without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking. If you stopped washing, the threat to... Read more
The Colossus of Existence: Why the Elephant Is Invaluable
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts... Read more
W(h)ither the Liberal Arts?
In 1828, a faculty committee at Yale declared that the aim of a liberal education “was not to teach that which is peculiar to any... Read more