Worrying News

The U.S. government is probing the death of Bill Sparkman, a census worker in rural Kentucky. He was found hanged in the woods with the word “FED” scrawled on his chest.  I doubt Glenn Beck means to goad his viewers into violence when he tells them the federal government is trying to destroy American democracy, … Read more

How Iran Stopped Worrying & Learned to Love the Bomb

So unsurprisingly, the Iranians now have enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb.  I say unsurprising because, well, the U.S. has been wringing its hands over it for years now.  While apparently the 2007 intelligence assessment that they aren’t actively designing a bomb was accurate, it’s now within their physical capacity to build one if they … Read more

Afghan Election Fail

In a plot twist which should surprise approximately no one, it seems that the August presidential election in Afghanistan was not entirely on the up-and-up. It’s not that the United States is particularly keen to create a warlord-ruled narco-“state” in perpetual war and essentially ungovernable…it’s more just that nations with no literacy, centralized power, or … Read more


So I actually just returned to school from a summer spent working in Tokyo, and so I have been following with great interest the returns from the recent Japanese election.  As you may have heard if you’ve heard anything, the bare-bones outline is this: the Liberal Democratic Party (neither liberal or democratic, truth be told), … Read more

A Fatter or Skinnier Fed?

Below is a piece on financial regulation from HPR alum Rahul Prabhakar ’09. Rahul is now a Fellow at the Glover Park Group in Washington D.C. ——————————————————————————————————————- Over the past month, the U.S. Congress has held a series of hearings to debate the Obama Administration’s proposal to overhaul the American financial regulatory structure. The fates … Read more

The Gates Arrest

I read the initial article in The Crimson confident that the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., would make waves far beyond Cambridge, Mass.  Allegations of racial profiling mounted; the charges were ultimately dropped.  But let’s not forget, as Stanford Law School professor Ralph Richard Banks wrote in The Times, that the police did exactly what … Read more

Conservative Mental Gestures

The last few days, I’ve been reminded of Lionel Trilling’s rather impolite description of conservatism as a philosophy expressed in “irritable mental gestures” rather than ideas. What keeps provoking this thought in me is all the carping about Sonia Sotomayor’s “reverse racism.” I got to thinking about what I find so, well, irritating about this … Read more

A Letter to the Editor of the NY Times

To the Editor: Please explain to me the logic of an article that announces that Sonia Sotomayor has an “issue of temperament,” presents exactly one instance of allegedly intemperate questioning, and concludes with a quote from the lawyer to whom those questions were addressed, saying that the questions were “reasonable and fine.” Okay. Now explain … Read more