Snowden

The Debate Over Snowden's Asylum in Germany Comes to Brooklyn
November 18, 2013

German director Thomas Ostermeier offers one of the most thorough indictments yet seen of the culture of the American whistleblower.

Ed Markey May Finally Have Found His Calling
September 13, 2013

In 2007, then-Congressman Edward Markey couldn't make it to Bali, Indonesia to speak at a conference on climate change, so he created an avatar on Second Life to deliver his remarks instead.

Why Do Whistleblowers Make Good Characters?
July 03, 2013

The video released on YouTube several days ago by a group of amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong is the first of what will surely be many dramatizations of the Snowden saga.

Happy Birthday, ‘Catch-22’: Reading the Novel in a Time of War
July 06, 2011

I initially read Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 while squirreled away in a Toronto hotel room during the 1997 Modern Language Association (MLA) convention. It was December, and I had just finished my first semester teaching English at West Point. Heller’s novel was a revelation—an outrageous fiction opening a window onto the various paradoxes and pathologies that characterize institutional cultures everywhere. More important, it helped me to make sense of my recent introduction to military culture. Heller’s glorious caricatures—ex-P.F.C.

Liberalism and Labor in England
March 03, 1926

The case for a coalition against the Tories.

Retribution
July 03, 1915

No one can be more tired than the reformer of the perpetual cry that disaster is the price of competitive anarchy. For at least a generation radicals in England have been arguing that industry conducted as a scramble for profits was a menace to the country. They pointed to the normal horrors of peace, they painted pictures of what might be, and were put down as theorists who did not comprehend the sacred mysteries of business. They were treated as the trustees of Pennsylvania’s university or the New York Times would like them to be treated.