Monthly Archives: October 2008

“How to Be Alone” by Jonathan Franzen

by Joshua H. Liberatore In this age of media-sponsored super-bestsellers, Jonathan Franzen’s name is familiar even to those who read neither The Corrections nor his previous two novels. His famous dismissal by that lovable Queen Bee of correct opinion, Oprah … Continue reading

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“Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” by Jimmy Carter

by Joshua H. Liberatore It may be that the most provocative feature of Jimmy Carter’s Palestine Peace Not Apartheid (2006) is the title, but if this aspect alone incites more Americans to read it with fresh enthusiasm for the issues … Continue reading

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“High Noon” by J. F. Rischard

by Joshua H. Liberatore If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, plainly written, and superbly functional primer for the top global issues facing our planet’s stewards, J. F. Rischard’s High Noon (2003) is obligatory reading. For anyone who cares about the … Continue reading

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Democracy in the Age of Television

Al Gore’s “Assault on Reason” and the Fate of the Liberal Tradition in America by Patrick Baker One of the greatest testaments to the character of modern democracy is Alexis de Tocqueville’s mammoth rumination on the great American experiment. Yet … Continue reading

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Beer: America’s Sacred Necessity

by Joshua H. Liberatore In Beer in America: The Early Years, 1587-1840, Gregg Smith delights historians and beer enthusiasts alike with a compelling account of beer’s critical function in the early life of the United States. Through nearly two hundred … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Provinces: On Hate Speech in the Presidential Campaign

by Patrick Baker                                                                 October 11, 2008 The news has reached us in the provinces that hate speech is creeping into the presidential campaign. The press and the pundits are salivating over recent incidents of stump-speech frenzied zealots screaming out “kill … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Provinces: On the Ownership Society

by Patrick Baker                                                                 October 6, 2008 The recent economic meltdown has made us in the provinces familiar with a phrase we had never actually heard before: the ownership society. After years of assuming that George Bush had as little an … Continue reading

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