October 11, 1999
Government-appointed bipartisan commissions have played an important role in recent American politics. The social security commission in the early '80s and the commission on closing military bases in the early '90s both helped resolve thorny issues that legislators, beholden to special interests, couldn't settle on their own.
June 05, 1999
CINCINNATI In a dark basement somewhere beneath downtown Cincinnati, Rick Segal presents the attack plan. "The fact of the matter is it's war," he is telling a group of followers, who scribble notes. "It's a black-and-white world of wins and losses." He flashes war-movie clips on the screen and discusses the techniques of today's smartest warriors: Hamas, the Mexican Zapatistas, Asian triads, and other amorphous, stealthy networks. "Bastions, redoubts, and empires are subject to implosive attacks and ambush," Comrade Segal tells his men.
March 31, 1997
Spring fever is in the air at the Supreme Court as the justices prepare to hear arguments about the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act on March 19. To familiarize themselves with the technological obstacles to finding pornography in cyberspace, some law clerks have obtained lists of especially salacious addresses on the World Wide Web and diligently browsed at their leisure.
Where Politics Ends
August 03, 1992
The fine line between "law" and "politics."
The Spirit Of The Laws
March 11, 1991
How should the courts interpret the Constitution?
January 01, 1990
East Germany struggles with the future.
The Afghan Ayatollah
November 21, 1988
Meet America's new fundamentalist allies.
Why I Left
April 11, 1988
How Washington, D.C., is better than New York City.
Chip of Fools
August 20, 1984
Before rushing blindly into the computer age, we need to remind ourselves that events have already falsified most of the predictions about “postindust