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The Right Side of History

The end is now at hand for the government of Hosni Mubarak, ruler of Egypt for the last thirty years. Two outstanding questions face us now: What will the army do? And how should the United States react? Called into the streets by President Mubarak in an eleventh-hour attempt to secure his rule, the army […]

Mad Meat Making Scientist Proves Climate Doomsayers Wrong

Here at my rural retreat in the rolling Dutchess County hunt country in scenic upstate New York, I’m facing a dilemma.  I need to get back to New York City for a meeting tomorrow, but the series of monstrous winter snowstorms has made parking scarce in the purlieus of the stately Mead manor in glamorous […]

Will Charter Schools Cure America’s Blues?

As the blue social model gradually falls apart and American society casts restlessly about for something to replace it, charter schools may be on the cutting edge of the social transformation about to take place. This isn’t because they are a magic bullet solution to our education problems.  The research surrounding the effectiveness of charter […]

Do extraterrestrial aliens have original sin?

In its issue of January 7, 2011, the National Catholic Reporter had an interview with Douglas Vakoch, a psychologist who is “director of interstellar message composition” at the SETI Institute (a job description prone to produce ecstasy in any teenage consumer of science-fiction). SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and is located in Mountain […]

The Birth of the Blues

In music, as everybody knows, the blues were born in the Mississippi Delta and traveled up the river and the railroads from New Orleans to Memphis, St. Louis and on to Chicago. In politics, the blues were born farther north: in the Puritan commonwealth of 17th century New England centered around Boston.  For the Puritans, the […]

Black and Blue

When we talk about American social models and the need to go beyond what I’m calling the blue social model and on to liberalism 5.0, race needs to be discussed.  The collapse of the blue social model, a shift from federal to local power and a shift from government to the private sector are not […]

Virginity, Polyamory and the Limits of Pluralism

The German news magazine Der Spiegel, in its issue of January 3, 2011, has two separate stories that become more intriguing if one reads them together. (In a recent post I noted that I have finally discovered my mission in life—to perform this synthesizing operation on stories in The New York Times. I am now […]

The Next American Upgrade

Social reform, asserted Confucius, begins with the rectification of names. I can think of one case where he’s unquestionably right: the use of the word ‘developed’ as applied to certain wealthy and industrialized countries mostly found in western Europe and North America, but sprinkled elsewhere throughout the world.  The widespread and unchallenged use of that […]

Light Blogging

As attentive readers have noticed, blogging has been slow here at Via Meadia since the end of the Christmas season.  Other commitments have pulled me away from posting as regularly here as I like.  This is about to change and I hope to return to my normal pace in the next week. Thanks to all […]

Sadr’s Return

Radical anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr returned to Iraq from three years of exile in Iran last week to a rapturous welcome, riding a wave of popularity and adulation attributable not only to his storied family history and his closeness to the poor urban Shi‘a masses but also to his role as kingmaker in Iraq’s new […]

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A Green Dream

A major British investor recently warned that online shopping could unseat “brick and motor” supermarket chains. The sooner, the better.

MIA for DoD

Two potential candidates to succeed Chuck Hagel have publicly withdrawn themselves from consideration. It’s not surprising given how dysfunctional the President’s National Security Team appears.

Ukraine's Future

With Monday’s deal between Russia and the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, Putin has managed to take over a Russian-speaking piece of a neighboring country’s sovereign territory. Sound familiar?

De Facto Coalition?

The surprise aerial attack will be seen as a sign of a tacit alignment between the U.S. and the Butcher President of Syria.

Omnis Divisa in Partes Tres

As competing governments square off, Libya increasingly looks like it may have broken into pieces that won’t be reassembled.

ACA Revisionism

The Senate’s third-ranking Democrat now thinks Democrats made a mistake in pushing Obamacare through when and how they did. But his reason is odd: that rising health care costs didn’t affect Americans.

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