The Truth About Stanford's Coal Divestment
May 22, 2014
It's not as groundbreaking as they made it sound
MOOCs of Hazard
March 31, 2013
Will online education dampen the college experience? Yes. Will it be worth it? Well...
Meet John Lott, the Man Who Wants to Arm America's Teachers
December 19, 2012
He claims to be a rigorous academic. He's not.
Keep Rooting for Lance Armstrong!
October 17, 2012
Don’t cry for Lance Armstrong. That bully can take care of himself. Watch out for the righteous, wrong-headed anti-dopers.
October 05, 2012
From Lena Dunham to "FUCK! I'm in My Twenties," inside the cultural fixation with the worries of privileged twentysomethings.
A Blog Hopes Its New Online Course Will Be More Than Marginal
October 01, 2012
Economist Tyler Cowen's blog, Marginal Revolution, offers an online course in Development Economics.
America’s Scandalous Drone War Goes Unmentioned in the Campaign
September 26, 2012
A new study released this week by researchers at Stanford and NYU has found that American drone strikes in Pakistan are killing far more civilians than advertised, taking out few high value targets, and have become the primary recruiting tool for the terrorist groups the policy is aimed at combating.
The Man Who Took on the Wall Street Blob
September 10, 2012
In a new book, a former Senate insider and lobbying kingpin spills the beans on how Wall Street throws its weight around Washington.
Keeping Our Heads
August 24, 2012
The Mauthausen Trial: American Military Justice in Germany By Tomaz Jardim (Harvard University Press, 276 pp., $29.95) Conscience on Trial: The Fate of Fourteen Pacifists in Stalin’s Ukraine, 1952–1953 By Hiroaki Kuromiya (University of Toronto Press, 212 pp., $60) All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals By David Scheffer (Princeton University Press, 533 pp., $35) Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed By William Shawcross (PublicAffairs, 257 pp., $26.99) IN 1952, FOURTEEN peasants, owning little more than a few religio
The Syrian ‘Civil War’: Discuss
June 14, 2012
A front page story in yesterday’s New York Times quoted Hervé Ladsous, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, opining that the violence in Syria had descended into “civil war.” The same story, however, points out that “opposition leaders are wary of the term civil war because it suggests that the conflict is somehow an even match”; meanwhile, the Assad regime is still holding fast to its story that the violence is nothing more than the product of terrorists. So, which is it? Is Syria in a civil war or not? The answer, it turns out, is maybe.