The group blog of The New Republic
March 12, 2007
So is neo-liberalism really dead, as David Brooks suggested in his column on Sunday? Insofar as he's referring to the very specific sensibility that grew out of the Washington Monthly and, later, the pages of this magazine, I think he's right. And, as readers of my work might guess, I don't greet its passing with the same lament that Brooks does.
Looks like Pete Stark is now the "first open nontheist in the history of the Congress."
"So if the White House wants to minimize opportunities for fresh speculation about how the Libby case is part of some broader conspiracy, the president should act now [and pardon Libby]."
We've been shilling pretty relentlessly for our print relaunch and we're not stopping now. Check out this piece on the magazine in this morning's Times. It does a nice job describing our new look. And then there's this bloggingheads.tv segment, where Franklin Foer chews over the future of print publication with Washington Monthly editor Paul Glastris.
Michael Specter has an important piece in the New Yorker (only an abstract is available online) on AIDS denialists. These are the people who, like those who thought the earth was flat, claim that HIV does not cause AIDS (indeed, some of them allege that contracting the virus can be beneficial to your health).
Violent crime is up by double digits in the last two years, according to a new report by the Police Executive Research Forum. The study looked at dozens of large U.S. cities and found that murder was up by 10 percent and robberies up by 12 percent across the nation. In some cities--like Charleston, Cleveland, Cinncinati, Hartford, New Haven, Rochester, and Orlando--murders are up an astonishing 30 percent or much more.
Helen Benedict has a chilling story in Salon about the prevalence of rape, sexual assault, and harassment within the military. In Iraq, things have gotten so bad that officers routinely tell female soldiers "not to go to the latrines or showers without another woman for protection." This stuff is neither universal nor inevitable--several soldiers told Benedict that commanders can stop the mistreatment of women in their units if they so choose--but it is rampant.
DePauw University severed ties today with the Delta Zeta sorority after its national leaders summarily kicked out every woman who was overweight or a minority:
"We at DePauw do not like the way our students were treated," the president of the university, Robert G. Bottoms, said in a letter to the sorority, Delta Zeta. "We at DePauw believe that the values of our university and those of the national Delta Zeta sorority are incompatible."