The Wilson Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, Winter

A Christian America Still? (the Periodical Observer - Religion & Philosophy)
"The 'Secularization' Question and the United States in the 20th Century" by David A. Hollinger, in Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture (Mar. 2001), The Divinity School, Duke Univ., P.O. Box 90975, Durham, N.C. 27708-0975. There...
A Fire Bell in the Night. (Findings)
"Here are brave Men, Men of Spirit and Humanity, good Citizens, or Neighbours, capable and worthy of civil Society, and the Enjoyment of a happy Government," Benjamin Franklin enthused in a 1733 tribute to his city's firefighters. In words that have...
A Verdict on School Choice. (the Periodical Observer - Society)
"What Research Can Tell Policymakers about School Choice" by Paul Teske and Mark Schneider, in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (Fall 2001), John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10158. School choice has been around in one...
Covering the War: A Survey of Recent Articles. (the Periodical Observer - Press & Media)
It's too early for anyone to assess the news media's coverage of the war on terrorism--that will likely take as long as the assessment of the conduct of the war itself. Professional criticism of print and TV coverage in the war's early days has been...
Do the People Rule?
Presidents as diverse as William McKinley, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter have spoken the simple words: "Here the people rule." But the meaning of the words is by no means as straightforward as it may seem. Who exactly are the people? The inhabitants...
From the Center
September 11,2001, has joined December 7, 1941, atop the list of dates seared into the American memory. Yet while the attacks were devastating, they also opened up important long-term opportunities for the United States. America should now use its...
Good-Bye Glass Ceiling? (the Periodical Observer - Economics, Labor & Business)
"The Gender Gap in Top Corporate Jobs" by Marianne Bertrand and Kevin F. Hallock, in Industrial and Labor Relations Review (Oct. 2001), 201 ILR Research Bldg., Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y. 14853-3901. There are more cracks in the corporate glass...
Hazarding the Constitution. (the Periodical Observer - Politics & Government)
"Presidents, Congress, and Courts: Partisan Passions in Motion" by Joyce Appleby, in The Journal of American History (Sept. 2001), 112 N. Bryan Ave., Bloomington, Ind. 47408-4199. If the Framers encouraged one principle in the presidency, it was...
Labor's Pains. (the Periodical Observer - Economics, Labor & Business)
"The Six-Year Itch by David Moberg, in The Nation (Sept. 3-10, 2001), 33 Irving Pl., New York, N.Y. 10003 In 1995, the upstart John Sweeney seized the helm of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFLCIO) with talk...
Losing Its Grip. (the Periodical Observer - Other Nations)
"Cracks in the Wall: China's Eroding Coercive State" by Murray Scot Tanner, in Current History (Sept. 2001), 4225 Main St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127. Ever since the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, China's rulers have worked hard to suppress dissent,...
Museums and the Democratic Order. (the Once and Future Museum)
The origin of the museum is inextricably linked with the storms of history. "Again and again, museums have received new impetus from lurches of humanity," Lawrence Vale Coleman noted in the three-volume study of American museums he published on the...
Naughty but Nice. (the Periodical Observer - Arts & Letters)
"Pornographic Art" by Matthew Kieran in Philosophy and Literature (Apr. 2001), The Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, Journals Division, 2715 N Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218-4363. There can be no such thing as pornographic art. That's the received view,...
Over the Hill. (the Periodical Observer - Society)
"The Next Society" by Peter Drucker, in The Economist (Nov. 3, 2001), P.O. Box 58524, Boulder, Colo. 80322-8524. "The new economy may or may not materialize, but there is no doubt that the next society will be with us shortly," predicts Drucker,...
Philosophers vs. Philosophes. (the Periodical Observer - Religion & Philosophy)
"The Idea of Compassion: The British vs. the French Enlightenment" by Gertrude Himmelfarb, in The Public Interest (Fall 2001), 1112 16th St., N.W., Ste. 530, Washington, D.C. 20036. We're too quick to associate the 18th-century Enlightenment with...
Reclaiming the Public Self. (the Periodical Observer - Society)
"Individualism and Its Discontents" by Wilfred M. McClay, in The Virginia Quarterly Review (Summer 2001), One West Range, P.O. Box 400223, Charlottesville, Va. 22904-4223. It may be hard for us to imagine how our ancestors could possibly have gotten...
Re-Engineering: Act II. (the Periodical Observer - Economics, Labor & Business)
"The Superefficient Company" by Michael Hammer, in Harvard Business Review (Sept. 2001), 60 Harvard Way, Boston, Mass. 02163. The man who gave us corporate re-engineering has a new idea. Call it the mating of the giant corporations. The aptly...
Regulating 'Frankenfoods'. (the Periodical Observer - Science, Technology & Environment)
"More than a Food Fight" by Julia A. Moore, and "European Responses to Biotechnology: Research, Regulation, and Dialogue" by Patrice Laget and Mark Cantley, in Issues in Science and Technology (Summer 2001), The Univ. of Texas at Dallas, P.O. Box 830688,...
Sushi vs. McWorld. (the Periodical Observer - Society)
"Supply-Side Sushi: Commodity, Market, and the Global City" by Theodore C. Bestor, in American Anthropologist (Mar. 2001), American Anthropological Assoc., Ste. 640, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, Va. 22203-1620. On a dock early one evening in...
The Atlantic Divide. (the Periodical Observer - Foreign Policy & Defence)
"Estranged Partners" by Jessica T. Mathews, in Foreign Policy (Nov.-Dec. 2001), 1779 Massachusetts Ave N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Although European leaders have voiced strong support for the U.S.-led war on terrorism, the show of unity belies...
The Crisis within Islam
Who speaks for Islam? The events of September 11, which left the world waiting for a decisive repudiation of terrorism by Islam's leaders, give that question fresh urgency. Answering it will require the resolution of a century-old crisis that has silenced...
The Museum as Artifact. (the Once and Future Museum)
Hoping to recapture their days of glory, the citizens of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain's north-western corner, have embarked on a building program even more ambitious than the one that created the magnificent 11th-century Romanesque church that...
The Prophet of Scientific Morality. (the Periodical Observer - Arts & Letters)
"Editor's Column" by Walter A. McDougall, in Orbis (Summer 2001), Foreign Policy Research Inst., 1528 Walnut St., Ste. 610, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102-3684. Mention Jules Verne (1828-1905), and most people think of the visionary novelist who, among...
The Spiritual Side of Medicine. (the Periodical Observer - Science, Technology & Environment)
"Science, Faith, and Alternative Medicine" by Ronald W. Dworkin, in Policy Review (Aug. & Sept. 2001), 1030 15th St., N.W., 11th fl., Washington, D.C. 20005. Skeptics can't understand the allure of alternative medicine. Why would patients flock...
The Three Korean Wars. (the Periodical Observer - Foreign Policy & Defence)
"Introduction to the Korean War" by Allan R. Millett, in The Journal of Military History (Oct. 2001), George C. Marshall Library, Lexington, Va. 24450-1600. If it's thought of at all, the Korean War is seen in the United States chiefly as a "proxy...
United We Stand? (the Periodical Observer - Politics & Government)
"One Nation, Slightly Divisible" by David Brooks, in The Atlantic Monthly (Dee. 2001), P.O. Box 37585, Boone, Ia. 50037-0585. On election night 2000, Americans were transfixed by two spectacles: one in Florida, the other on the electoral maps shown...
What Is Nature Worth?
There's a powerful economic argument for preserving our living natural environment: The biosphere promotes the long-term material prosperity and health of the human race to a degree that is almost incalculable. But moral reasons, too, should compel...
What Kind of War? (the Periodical Observer - Foreign Policy & Defense)
"A Strange War" by Eliot A. Cohen, in The National Interest (Thanksgiving 2001), P.O. Box 622, Shrub Oak, N.Y. 10588-0622. The attack of September 11 was a battle in a war Americans didn't quite know they were fighting, declares Cohen, a professor...
While America Slept: A Survey of Recent Articles. (the Periodical Observer)
A mid all the uncertainty that followed September 11, one thing seemed predictable: The periodical press would soon be full of retrospectives on the mistakes of perception and policy that left the United States vulnerable to such a disaster. And doubtless...
Who Follows Black Leaders? (the Periodical Observer - Politics & Government)
"White Residents, Black Incumbents, and a Declining Racial Divide" by Zoltan L. Hajnal, and "The Effect of Black Congressional Representation on Political Participation" by Claudine Gay, in American Political Science Review (Sept. 2001), American Political...
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