Politics Archive

Beyond the Us-Versus-Them Narrative: A Review of The Undivided Past

In David Cannadine's "The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences," we discover a hopeful narrative which sees cooperation as the defining message of human history.

How a Woman Modernized China: A Review of Empress Dowager Cixi

Pearl Buck once observed that those who hated the Empress Dowager Cixi were “more articulate than those who loved her.” Jung Chang’s recent biography, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, argues that Cixi has long been misunderstood, and her monumental reforms falsely credited to the men who served her or ruled

3 for Thursday: 3 Religion Surveys You Should Know About

I’m a sucker for a new religion survey, especially when the world of religion appears to be changing fast and data is turned around at the drop of the hat. In the last few weeks, a few important surveys have been released that are shedding important light on the world of religion, especially in

Reviews in the Wild: Reign of Error

A short while back, Mother Jones ran a piece on privatized prisons that keep the money coming in when crime rates are lower. Occupancy rates are written into the contracts, leaving privatized prisons to make deals, including “mandating that local or state government keep those facilities between 80 and 100 percent full. In other

3 for Thursday: 3 Micronations that You’ve Never Heard of

Ever hear of a micronation? They claim independence as states or nations, but are not recognized by world governments. They often have their own coins, flags, and even royalty. And oh yeah, they are sometimes built on a platform in the ocean. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Quoted: Alberto Manguel on Reading as Citizenship

“Our actions must be justified by our literature and our literature must bear witness to our actions. Therefore to act as citizens, in times of peace as in times of war, is in some sense an extension of our reading, since our books hold the possibility of guiding us through the experience and knowledge

Quoted: G.K. Chesterton on Conservatives and Progressives

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of the Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.” ~ G.K. Chesterton, 1924

Politically Coercive Religion Is Weak Religion

There are no two things that are more important to Americans like religion and politics; nothing divides us like these either. And while polite company is supposed to never discuss either of them, there are those that relish their unfettered mixing, as appears to be the case of the recent Iowa conference, “Rediscovering God
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