The Wilson Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 4, Autumn

A Real Head Start
"The Black-White Test Score Gap" by George Farkas, in Contexts (Spring 2004), Univ. of California, Dept. of Sociology, No. 1980, Berkeley, Calif. 94720-1980. The persistent gap between the standardized-test scores of black and white children has...
A Touchdown for Subsidies
"Should Cities Be Ready for Some Football? Assessing the Social Benefits of Hosting an NFL Team" by Gerald A. Carlino and N. Edward Coulson, in Business Review (2nd qtr., 2004), Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 10 Independence Mall, Philadelphia,...
Balloons and Brass
"Officer Politics" by Lawrence F. Kaplan, in The New Republic (Sept. 13 & 20, 2004), 1331 H St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Amid the balloons, funny hats, and familiar hoopla at this summer's political conventions, there was one sight that...
Bring on the Mud
In his classic post-World War I novel The Good Soldier Schweik, the Czech writer Jaroslav Hasek makes mention of "The Party for Moderate Progress within the Boundaries of Law," the very sort of political formation the powers-that-be have always dreamed...
Changing Times
"Clock Synchrony, Time Distribution and Electrical Timekeeping in Britain, 1880-1925" by Hannah Gay, in Past & Present (Nov. 2003), Oxford Univ. Press, Great Clarendon St., Oxford, England OX2 6DP. Throughout history, humans have displayed a...
Che Chic
The Spanish-language film Motorcycle Diaries is "wondrous ... a stirring inspiration for all those dedicated to turning the world upside down," raves the Socialist Worker. Diaries won a standing ovation at the Sundance festival earlier this year, perhaps...
Churn, Baby, Churn!
"Time, Term Limits, and Turnover: Trends in Membership Stability in U.S. State Legislatures" by Gary F. Moncrief, Richard G. Niemi, and Lynch W. Powell, in Legislative Studies Quarterly (Aug. 2004), Comparative Legislative Research Center, 334 Schaeffer...
Editor's Comment
This year's huge crop of campaign bumper stickers resurrects the nagging quadrennial question: What do people hope to accomplish with these automotive gestures? Here s a project for the exit-pollsters: Count the voters whose minds were changed on the...
Fighting for Health
"Redefining Competition in Health Care" by Michael E. Porter and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg, in Harvard Business Review (June 2004), 60 Harvard Way, Boston, Mass. 02163. Is there any way out of the health-care mess? The costs to businesses alone...
From the Center
This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the most influential project in the history of the Wilson Center's Latin American Program, "Transitions from Authoritarian Rule." The project was born of a conversation between Guillermo O'Donnell and...
Japanese Press Exposed!
"'A Public Betrayed': The Power of Japan's Scandal-Breaking Weeklies" and "'A Public Betrayed': Establishment Press Leaks Tips to Japan's Weeklies" by Takesato Watanabe and Adam Gamble, in Japan Media Review (Aug. 26, 2004), www.ojr.org. Many Japanese...
Living Memory: Long after the Last Witnesses to Momentous Events in the History of a Nation Have Died, the Memory of Those Events May Continue to Alter the Course of the Nation. What Matters Most Is Not Whether Historical Recollection Is Accurate, but Whether It Liberates or Imprisons
On Memorial Day 2004, two days after the dedication of the World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, a woman named Alberta Martin died in Alabama at the age of 97. So far as anyone knows, Mrs. Martin was the last surviving widow of a Civil War...
Military Myths
A School for the Nation?" by Ronald R. Krebs, in International Security (Spring 2004), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Univ., 79 John K. Kennedy St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138. The idea that the armed forces can serve as...
Nehru's Model Morality
"Nehru's Faith" by Sunil Khilnani, in The New Republic (May 24, 2004), 1331 H St., N.W., Ste. 700, Washington, D.C. 20005. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India (1947-64), is often held up as the rational, scientific opposite...
No More Mozart!
"Radio Silence: How NPR Purged Classical Music from Its Airwaves" by Andrew Ferguson, in The Weekly Standard (June 14, 2004), 1150 17th St., N.W., Ste. 505, Washington, D.C. 20036. If less classical music scents to be coming from your local public...
Pols Apart
On April 17, 1997, shortly after I had completed my oral testimony on "civility in the House of Representatives" at a sub-committee hearing of the House Rules Committee, Chairman David Dreier (R.-Calif.) announced that he would have to suspend the...
President Hamilton's America
"What If Aaron Burr Had Missed?" by Thomas Fleming, History News Network (July 5, 2004), www.hnn.us/articles/5944.html. Once confined mostly to cocktail conversation and late-night dormitory bull sessions, counterfactual history has become a burgeoning...
Promises, Promises
"Political--Promises What Do They Mean?" by David W. Lovell, in Quadrant (July-Aug. 2004), 437 Darling St., Balmain, New South Wales 2041 Australia. As the hard-fought presidential election of 2004 nears its climax, the campaign promises are piling...
Resilient Rainforests
"How 'Virgin' Is Virgin Rainforest?" by K.J. Willis, L. Gillson, and T. M. Brncic, in Science (Apr. 16, 2004), American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. The plight of Earth's tropical rainforests--disappearing...
The Atlantic Widens
Europe today is a more integrated place than at any time since the Roman Empire. Twenty-five nations are building a common economy, government, and culture, and another dozen or so are eager to join the effort. The new United States of Europe has more...
The Lost Art of Reading: A Survey of Recent Articles
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) sounded the official alarm this summer: The reading of literature has dramatically decreased, particularly among young adults. "For the first time in modern history, less than half of the adult population now...
The Neocon War
"In Defense of Democratic Realism" by Charles Krauthammer, in The National Interest (Fall 2004 1615 L St., N.W., Ste. 1230, Washington, D.C. 20036. An unlikely war of words erupted this summer between two prominent neoconservative thinkers over...
The New Art of China
Special section on China, by Richard Vine, Barbara Pollack, Jonathan Napack, and Lisa Movius, in Art in America (June-July 2004), 575 Broadway. New York, N.Y. 10012. Amid all the news stories about budding entrepreneurs springing up all over China,...
The Opium of Progress
"An Illusion with a Future" by John Gray, in Daedalus (Summer 2004), Norton's Woods, 136 Irving St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138. Nothing in the modern outlook seems more indispensable than the idea of progress. Without faith in the advance of humankind,...
The Psychology of Homeland Defense
"The Neglected Home Front" by Stephen E. Flynn, in Foreign Affairs (Sept.-Oct. 2004), 58 E. 68th St., New York, N.Y. 10021; "Leap Before You Look: The Failure of Homeland Security" by Benjamin Friedman, in Breakthroughs (Spring 2004), Massachusetts...
The Referendum of 2004
The presidential election of 2004 is widely regarded as one of the most important in the past 100 years. But its importance does not derive from clear ideological differences between the candidates and the parties. For example, the two candidates generally...
The Wisdom of Mad
"From Madness to Dysentery: Mad's Other New York Intellectuals" by Nathan Abrams, in Journal of American Studies (Dec. 2003), Cambridge Univ. Press, Edinburgh Bldg., Shaftesbury Rd., Cambridge CB2 2RU, England. During the decade that many intellectuals...
Vacations for All
"Tourism in America before World War II" by Thomas Weiss, in the Journal of Economic History (June 2004), Social Science History Institute, Bldg. 200, Rm. 3, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. 94305-2024. The first American tourist may have been...
Washington, Du Bois, and the Black Future: Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois Were Pioneers in the Quest for African-American Equality in America. They Were Also Bitter Rivals. What's Sometimes Overlooked Is That Their Years of Public Confrontation Were Preceded by a Decade of Cautious Mutual Regard
On July 27, 1894, the 26-year-old William Edward Burghardt Du Bois sent a letter to Booker T. Washington, the principal of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, asking whether there was a vacancy at Tuskegee for the coming term. Du Bois had just returned...
Who Owns the Media?
"The Media Monotony" by Jack Sharer, in Slate (Aug. 4, 2004), slate.msn.com. Ben H. Bagdikian is at it again. In Media Monopoly (1983), the eminent media critic--a former Washington Post ombudsman and emeritus dean of the Graduate School of Journalism...
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