The Wilson Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 3, Summer

A Cinderella Story. (Arts & Letters)
"For Whom the Shoe Fits: Cinderella in the 1-lands of Victorian Illustrators and Writers" by Bonnie Cullen, in The Lion and the Unicorn (Jan. 2003), Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, Journals Division, 2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218-4363. As...
America's Blind Spot. (Foreign Policy & Defense)
"The Paradoxes of American Nationalism by Minxin Pei, in Foreign Policy (May-June 2003), 1779 Massachusetts Ave., N. W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Though Americans are among the most patriotic people on earth, they have a hard time acknowledging and...
Brave New Brains. (Science, Technology & Environment)
"The Battle for Your Brain" by Ronald Bailey, in Reason (Feb. 2003), Reason Foundation, 3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 400, Los Angeles, Calif. 90034-6064. If drugs were available not only to repair defective brains but to "enhance" normal ones,...
Breeding a Better America. (Society)
"Race Cleansing in America" by Peter Quinn, in American Heritage (Feb.-Mar. 2003), 28 W. 23rd St., New York, N.Y. 10010. "Three generations of imbeciles are enough," declared Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, writing for the 8 to 1 majority of the...
Bright Lights, Broken Dreams. (Arts & Letters)
"An Empirical Study of Factors Relating to the Success of Broadway Shows" by Jeffrey S. Simonoff and Lan Ma, in The Journal of Business (Jan. 2003), Graduate School of Business, Univ. of Chicago, 1101 E. 58th St., Chicago, III. 60637. The business...
Cardiology in Crisis. (Science, Technology & Environment)
"When Doctors Slam the Door" by Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., in The New York Times Magazine (Mar. 16, 2003), 229 W. 43rd St., New York, N.Y. 10036. It must have seemed an obviously good thing to do more than a decade ago when the federal Health Care Financing...
Cheap Eats
Throughout history and across disparate cultures, humanity's many conceptions of paradise seem to have a single characteristic in common: free food. This goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Nobody had a smaller grocery bill than Adam and...
Do Ideas Matter in America?
In his classic study, Childhood and Society (1950), the psychologist Erik Erikson observed that "whatever one may come to consider a truly American trait can be shown to have its equally characteristic opposite." Though a similar ambivalence can be...
Double Helix Double Cross? (Science, Technology & Environment)
A Survey of Recent Articles The observance this year of the 50th anniversary of the momentous discovery of the double helix structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has been marked by reflections on an alleged scientific injustice almost as much...
Editor's Comment
Some years ago, I invented a fanciful social indicator I called the Haagen-Dazs Index. The idea was simple: To gauge the socioeconomic status of a neighborhood, simply count up the number of shops per square mile run by Haagen-Dazs, which was then...
Eliot's Dangerous Art. (Arts & Letters)
"Burbank with a Baedeker, Eliot with a Cigar: American Intellectuals, Anti-Semitism, and the Idea of Culture" by Ronald Sehuchard, with responses by David Bromwich and others, in Modemism/Modemib,' (Jan. 2003), The Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2715 N....
Findings
Competence and Complexity From "benign neglect" to "defining deviancy down," the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan had a singular skill for distilling complex ideas to their essence. For all his catchy phrases, though, the scholar and statesman (and...
For Better and for Worse. (Society)
"Reexamining Adaptation and the Set Point Model of Happiness: Reactions to Changes in Marital Status" by Richard E. Lucas, Andrew E. Clark, Yannis Georgellis, and Ed Diener, in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Mar. 2003), American Psychological...
From the Center
In mid-June, as news reports from the Middle East spread gloom about the prospects for the "road map" to peace, a very different perspective was offered by speakers at a Wilson Center conference on the post-raq Middle East. While some struck a pessimistic...
Future Food
Starving people mass in front of an African warehouse, desperate for food. Ignoring their pleas, a guard stands before the doors, behind which are hundreds of bags of corn. The doors are locked, and the food inside, donated by the United States, is...
Germany and Japan-And Iraq. (Foreign Policy & Defense)
"Occupational Hazards" by Douglas Porch, in The National Interest (Summer 2003), 1615 L St., N.W., Ste. 1230, Washington, D.C. 20036. Some proponents of preventive war in Iraq suggested that postwar nation-building after the war would be a snap....
How Labor Can Be Big Again. (the Periodical Observer)
"Organizing Power: The Prospects for an American Labor Movement" by Margaret Levi, in Perspectives on Politics (Mar. 2003), American Political Science Assn., 1527 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1206. Can organized labor recover...
How to Get Lucky. (Society)
"The Luck Factor" by Richard Wiseman, in Skeptical Inquirer (May-June 2003), P.O. Box 703, Amherst, N.Y. 14226-9973. Some people seem to be born lucky, while others never catch a break. Ten years ago, Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of...
Is Good Luck Unfair? (Religion & Philosophy)
"What is Egalitarianism?" by Samuel Scheffler, in Philosophy & Public Affairs (Winter 2003), and "Equality, Luck and Hierarchy" by Ronald Dworkin, in Philosophy & Public Affairs (Spring 2003), 41 Williams St., Princeton, N.J. 08540. "Life...
Is the Revolution over? (Economics, Labor & Business)
"IT Doesn't Matter" by Nicholas G. Carr, in Harvard Business Review (May 2003), 60 Harvard Way, Boston, Mass. 02163. Information technology (IT) was once thought a vital strategic tool for gaining an edge on competitors. But these days, argues Carr,...
Muslim Europe. (Other Nations)
"Europe's Muslim Street" by Omer Taspinar, in Foreign Policy (Mar-Apr. 2003), 1779 Massachusetts Ave., N.W, Washington, DC 20036. Europe's reluctance to join the U.S.-led war against Iraq reflected more than a different orientation toward power....
Not Keeping Up with the Joneses. (Society)
"Issues in Economics" by Katharine Bradbury and Jane Katz, in Regional Review (2002: Qtr. 4), Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston, Mass. 02106. Call it the deal behind the American dream: Americans have tacitly agreed to accept...
Portraits of Mars
Honor, fear, and interest. Of the three motives Thucydides gave for war, honor came first. That was because, as an officer, he understood that fear and interest do not rank high among the reasons men march into battle. What soldiers know, artists know...
Security vs. Liberty? (Politics & Government)
"Can We Be Secure and Free?" by Thomas F. Powers, in The Public Interest (Spring 2003), 1112 16th St., N. W., Ste. 140, Washington, D.C. 20036. The expansion of police powers in America since the terrorist attacks of September 11,2001, has civil...
The Birth of Religious Toleration. (Religion & Philosophy)
"Diplomacy and Domestic Devotion: Embassy Chapels and the Toleration of Religious Dissent in Early Modern Europe" by Benjamin J. Kaplan, in Journal of Early Modern History (2002: No. 4), Univ. of Minnesota, 614 Social Sciences, 267-19th Ave. S., Minneapolis,...
The Case against Caution. (Excerpt)
If you debate the new genetics in Europe and America these days you get asked the same question in two different ways. The average European says, with dread: "How do we stop people doing x?" The average American says with excitement: "When will I be...
The Case That Made the Court
The most monumental case ever decided by any court in any country began as a petty dispute over a patronage job. The underlying controversy quickly blossomed into a clash between two titans of the early American republic, and it ended with the unveiling...
The Celtic Tiger. (Other Nations)
"Why Ireland Boomed" by James B. Burnham, in The Independent Review (Spring 2003), Independent Institute, 100 Swan Way, Oakland, Calif. 94621-1428. How did Ireland's economy become the powerful green tiger of the 1990s? It was more than just chance...
The Hottest Century? (Science, Technology & Environment)
"Reconstructing Climatic and Environmental Changes of the Past 1,000 Years: A Reappraisal" by Willie Soon et al., in Energy & Environment (Mar. 2003), 5 Wates Way, Brentwood Essex CM15 9TB, United Kingdom. The world has just put a long, hot...
The Media's Iraq War. (Press & Media)
A Survey of Recent Articles. During seven weeks spent with half a dozen [U.S. Army] units," David Zucchino, a report for The Los Angeles Times (May 3, 2003), "I slept in fighting holes and armored vehicle, on a rooftop, a garage floor and in lumbering...
The New Colossus. (Economics, Labor & Business)
"Beyond Markets and Hierarchies: Toward a New Synthesis of American Business History" by Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Daniel M.G. Raff, and Peter Temin, in American Historical Review (Apr. 2003), 914 Atwater, Bloomington, Ind. 47401. In The Visible Hand...
The Seductions of Food
I was in my twenties in Paris when I had my first glimpse of what I believe was was the dawn of the new age of American gastronomic exploration (the predawn was known to the so-called lost generation--but Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the rest were too...
The Suicide of Literary Theory. (Excerpt)
These are uncertain times for literary scholars. The era of big theory is over. The grand paradigms that swept through humanities departments in the 20th century--psychoanalysis, structuralism, Marxism, deconstruction, postcolonialism--have lost favor...
UN Done. (Foreign Policy & Defense)
"Why the Security Council Failed" by Michael J. Glennon, in Foreign Affairs (May-June 2003), 58 E. 68th St., New York, N.Y. 10021. The dramatic rupture of the United Nations Security Council over Iraq earlier this year made evident that the grand...
Up on the Farm
Food these days makes a political statement. We no longer eat only for nourishment or enjoyment. We now have to consider the message we send by eating a Big Mac or buying a pound of shade-grown coffee. What's natural? What's organic? Where is our food...
When Worldviews Collide. (the Periodical Observer)
A Survey of Recent Articles During the past year, as the U.S. push for war in Iraq sent Western Europeans' favorable opinion of the United States into free fall, there was one think piece about the transatlantic divide that had chattering-class...
Where Politics Is All Too Local. (Other Nations)
"Decentralization and Political Parties" by Christopher Sabatini, in Journal of Democracy (Apr. 2003), 1101 15th St., NW., Ste. 800, Washington, D.C. 20005. Political power has shifted massively to the local level in Latin America in recent decades....
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