Questionable Motives

Have you noticed that, since George Soros and his pals have been spending some of their cash to save America, the Democrats have lost interest in the wicked role of big money in our politics? Now, let me concede a point from the start: Soros did a lot to build up the infrastructure of freedom in communist Eastern Europe, and after. That alone may get him past the gates of heaven. But, frankly, he's been quite goofy about other matters. And, since the press rarely probes the minds of zillionaires, his every thought is treated like heavy thought.


Depaul's Disgrace

Please, I don't mean to offend anyone. But the Catholic college and university is not one of the faith's big achievements in America. Look at any one of the ratings charts (there are many) and see how low these institutions fare on the competitive scales and how few of them rate at all. It's true that there are two or three Catholic law schools in the middle range. But that's it. Catholic institutions certainly haven't made a mark in the life or physical sciences, or, for that matter, the social sciences either.


by Jeffrey Herf In October 2005 at an "Anti-Zionism" conference in Tehran, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad famously quoted a remark from Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran's Islamic revolution, who said that Israel "must be wiped out from the map of the world." According to Iran's official news agency, Ahmadinejad then said: "And God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism." As Iran now gives clear evidence of seeking to build a nuclear bomb, the statement has taken on ominous implications.


Lippmann And Progressivism

by Casey N. Blake Eric Rauchway makes a not altogether convincing distinction between the pragmatist, experimental progressivism of Walter Lippmann's Drift and Mastery (1914) and the "reality-based, center left technocracy" he identifies with liberal politics after the exhaustion of the New Deal's early reformism. Lippmann's book does contain long passages indebted to the pragmatist tradition of James and Dewey, but these coexist (often on the same page) with calls for an openly technocratic politics of expertise.



Captain Ty Wiltz normally oversees the narcotics division of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office. But, since Katrina hit, he has been leading a search and rescue team deep into the parish bayou, which begins just south of New Orleans and runs nearly 100 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.


by Sanford LevinsonWith regard to Richard John Neuhaus, I warmly commend an article in which he addresses the question whether Mormons are really Christians. It's interesting not only in itself, but also, of course, with regard to the likelihood of right-wing (and traditional) Christians to support Mitt Romney. Giving up polygamy does not begin to bring the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints into the Christian camp, according to Neuhaus.


Kennedy And Khatami

by Daniel DreznerFormer Iranian president Mohammad Khatami is scheduled to speak at the Kennedy School of Government on September 10th. Marcella Bombardieri and Maria Sacchetti have a front-pager in the Boston Globe on the minor controversy this is causing in the state of Massachusetts: The dean of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government yesterday defended the decision to invite Mohammad Khatami to speak on the eve of Sept. 11, saying the United States needs dialogue with its enemies.


More On Khatami

by Alan WolfeNancy Kaufman, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston is "offended" by Harvard's decision to let Mohammad Khatami, Iran's former president, speak there. Dan Drezner, in my opinion, is right to believe that Khatami should not be barred from speaking. For me, though, Kaufman's position raises another issue. I am always disappointed when public figures do not realize the importance of free speech and open debate, especially at universities.


The Quiet Americans

In late July, news surfaced that Iran had executed two gay teenagers--ostensibly for sexual assault, but most likely for the crime of being gay.


My Son, The Doctor

The saga of Jews and medicine.