Category Archives: Politics

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Past Imperfect”


Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud—American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin. By Peter Charles Hoffer. New York: Public Affairs, 2004. In many ways this is a fascinating work. Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud—American History from … Continue reading

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Might We Renew the Promise of American Life?


I was struck while rereading Herbert Croly’s 1909 political manifesto, The Promise of American Life, about its continually important message. Croly was a leading figure in the Progressive Movement of the first two decades of the twentieth century, a political philosopher, … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “America’s Right Turn”


America’s Right Turn: From Nixon to Clinton. By William C. Berman. Second Edition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. Why has the political environment in the United States veered away from the New Deal liberalism of the middle third … Continue reading

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Key Developments in USA/USSR Space Cooperation During the Cold War


The post-Cold War era has seen the United States and Russia undertake fundamentally significant cooperative ventures in space. This was an enormously significant development for the pursuit of aggressive human space activities, no doubt, but it tends to overshadow a … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering, Safe Districts, and Political Extremism


We are in another election season, one of the strangest in modern American history, and there is much speculation about the race for both the Presidency and Congressional elections. It seems appropriate, therefore, to say something about the Congress, safe … Continue reading

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A Brief on the Apollo 1 (Capsule 204) Fire, January 27, 1967


What happened? The Apollo 1 (204) Command Module was on the ground at the Kennedy Space Center on January 27, 1967 when a fire broke out in the capsule.  The three crew members (Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and Edward … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Baseball in 1889”


Baseball in 1889: Players vs. Owners. By Daniel M. Pearson. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1993. This book is not a bad book, but it is a far cry from being a really good one. Daniel M. … Continue reading

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A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto


Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a truly fascinating–as well as undeniably scary–time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos in 1945 and concluding … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Unintelligent Design”


Unintelligent Design. By Mark Perakh. Amherst, MA: Prometheus Books, 2003. This fine book offers a powerful and sustained critique of the creationism argument versus evolutionary theory, especially the most recent iteration of “intelligent design” which has been politically but not … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy”


Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy: A Guide to America’s Censorship Wars. By Marjorie Heins. New York: The New Press, 1998 second edition. This author served as the director of the Arts Censorship Project for the American Civil Liberties Union between 1991 … Continue reading

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