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ICYMI: Why We Love Amateurs in the White Ho...

ICYMI: Why We Love Amateurs in the White House

Jonathan Rauch’s late 2015 piece on this subject is worth a read (or re-read). Here are a few highlights: “The presidency, it’s often said, is a job for which everyone arrives unprepared. But just how unprepared is unprepared enough?” “It is well known that to be elected president, you pretty much have to have been […]

Interesting Read: Joshua D. Clinton and Ted Enamorado, “The National News Media’s Effect on Congress: How Fox News Affected Elites in CongressR...

Interesting Read: Joshua D. Clinton and Ted Enamorado, “The National News Media’s Effect on Congress: How Fox News Affected Elites in Congress”

Too often, political science journals publish articles focused on questions too distantly connected to real world political phenomena. It is a modern sort of scholasticism, as my friend Professor Lawrence Mead terms it, that heavily utilizes mathematical models to ponder the existent literature on a topic. So it was with great pleasure to find this article in […]

Georges Vigarello, The Metamporphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity (Columbia University Press, 20...

Georges Vigarello, The Metamporphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity (Columbia University Press, 2013)

My review of Georges Vigarello’s The Metamorphoses of Fat appears in June 23, 2014 issue of the Weekly Standard magazine. Read it at http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/flesh-weak_794942.html

Nathan Heller, “Laptop U” The New Yorker, May 20, 2...

Nathan Heller, “Laptop U” The New Yorker, May 20, 2013

Professors may rue them, but MOOCs (massive online open courses) are here to stay. They are one more example of how the Internet is disrupting nearly everything. A particularly thorny question is the matter of copyright: when a professor creates an online course, whose property is it? Can a university refuse to take it offline […]

Michael Joseph Gross, “Silent War,” Vanity Fair July 2...

Michael Joseph Gross, “Silent War,” Vanity Fair July 2013

Michael Joseph Gross has written an eye-opening article on the battle amongst nations and non-state actors in cyber space. The battle is raging with major implications, but 99.9% of us are utterly unaware. Their eyeballs felt it first. A wall of 104-degree air hit the cyber-security analysts as they descended from the jets that had […]

Paulina Neuding, “How to Explain the Swedish Riots,” The Weekly Standard, June 10, 2...

Paulina Neuding, “How to Explain the Swedish Riots,” The Weekly Standard, June 10, 2013

Neuding writes, On May 13, Swedish police shot and killed an elderly man armed with a knife in Husby, a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm with high unemployment. After that, riots raged around Stockholm for a week and spread to other parts of the country, seemingly sparked by the killing in Husby. Angry young men […]

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