The Wilson Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 4, Autumn

As the Dial Turns
It was a defining moment in American history, albeit one run over and over, like an episode of "Star Trek." Into the tidy living room of a young family's suburban home, usually just days before Christmas, came the electronic marvel. The old mahogany...
Confucius
Confucianism, once thought to be a dead doctrine, has made an astonishing comeback during the past 20 years. Cited as a major force behind East Asia's economic "miracles," it is now finding a renewed following among mainland Chinese grown disillusioned...
Flat and Happy
Today, there is no getting away from the electronic hearthland. Commentators may routinely misinterpret one of the more widely circulated statistics about television--that the average household has a set on more than seven hours per day--to mean that...
In the Name of Religions
Several worldwide interfaith organizations, including the World Conference on Religion and Peace, have named 1993 the "Year of Interreligious Understanding and Cooperation." The occasion is the centennial of the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions,...
Seeing through the Tube
I begin with a true story. In 1974 I was having coffee in the English department lounge at Northwestern University when two of my colleagues--a younger, untenured man and an older, tenured woman--entered in mid-conversation. "Oh, no," the woman was...
Sextus Propertius
Very little is known about Sextus Propertius except that he was born circa 54 B.C. at Assisi in Umbria and died, most likely in Rome, circa 16 B.C. That adds up to too many circas for anyone's liking. Nevertheless, from this uncertain chronology we learn...
Spain in Search of Itself
most crucial to the democratic transition of the late 1970s, but it was not the only necessary factor. In The Return of Civil Society (Harvard, 1993), Complutense University of Madrid sociologist Victor M. Perez-Diaz relates that liberal tendencies among...
Vox Populi
The same-sex married couple, one of whom has achieved sameness through surgery, are denouncing the biological mother of the child they have adopted. She is fighting them for custody because she has now found steady and responsible work as a topless dancer...
When Women Pirates Sailed the Seas
In late 1720 Jamaica's most powerful men gathered at a court of admiralty in St. Jago de la Vega for a series of show trials. Governor Nicholas Lawes, members of his Executive Council, the chief justice of the Grand Court, and a throng of minor officials...