The Quality of Fear
There’s been a lot of tutting-tutting about the people who are overreacting to the Ebola virus. There was the lady who s..
A World Without OPEC?
Forty-one years ago this month, the Arab oil embargo began. The countries that were part of it belonged, of course, to t..
What Markets Will
In the Middle Ages, the call for a crusade to conquer the Holy Land was met with cries of “Deus vult!” - God wills it. B..
The Case for Low Ideals
Let’s say you came of political age during Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Maybe you were swept up in the idealism. But no..
Scarier Than Ebola
We Americans do panic really well. We could use a few pointers on prudence. Do me a favor. Turn away from the ceas..
A Pump War?
Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil war underway pitting the United States and Saudi Arabia on one side a..
Secret Deficit Lovers
What if they balanced the budget and nobody knew or cared? O.K., the federal budget hasn’t actually been balanced. But t..
Why Do We Re-Elect Them?
When you buy a new car, you dodge the sketchy salesman, read up on consumer ratings, and get a feel for the ride. When y..
The Community of Expulsion
LONDON - Attending services at a Reform synagogue during the High Holy Days in London I heard sermons of great worthines..
‘Moment of Truth’ on Emissions
In March, the Obama administration issued a white paper as part of its Climate Action Plan entitled “Strategy to Reduce ..
ISIS, Boko Haram and Batman
WHAT’S the right strategy for dealing with a world increasingly divided between zones of order and disorder? For starter..
I Love Lena
HERE are some things you may know about Lena Dunham, if you happen to have opened the pages of any New York periodical a..
Depression Denial Syndrome
Last week, Bill Gross, the so-called bond king, abruptly left Pimco, the investment firm he had managed for decades. Peo..
Haunted by Hemingway
KETCHUM, Idaho . The room where he killed himself is small, a foyer in the house that overlooks the mountains and the Bi..
Serving Without Protecting
My mother used to leave the front door unlocked. She used to leave the side and back doors unlocked, too. This was mostl..

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