Hooray for Risk
Forbes ASAP, December 03, 1995For its second conference on "Cyberspace and the American Dream," the Progress & Freedom Foundation decided to match the medium to the message. It not only brought various digerati to Aspen to discuss cyberissues. It also established a Web page and lined up co-sponsors, including Reason, to moderate on-line discussions and record and post the Aspen proceedings.
Race to the Bottom
The conservative fixation on racial categories.
Reason, December 1995It's been a strange season for race relations in America.
Even Progressive planners knew some migration defies regulation.
Reason, November 1995California Gov. Pete Wilson officially declared his presidential candidacy with the Statue of Liberty in the background, then he hopped a ferry for Ellis Island. He talked about his Irish grand mother, Kate Barton Callahan, and how she'd cleaned hotel rooms to support her daughter after her husband, a Chicago cop, was killed in the line of duty
Million Man March
Los Angeles Times, October 18, 1995I was in Washington, quite by accident, for the Million Man March. And it was great.
Forbes ASAP, October 08, 1995All capital is vulnerable to confiscation and redistribution, to seizure in the name of fairness or popular will. Human capital is no exception. And for more than a decade, an intellectual campaign has been building for the confiscation of human capital.
The ugly agenda behind the overclass hype.
Reason, October 1995Jews get into Ivy League schools. So do women. So do Southerners from public high schools and second-generation Italian Americans educated by nuns.
This terrorist seeks to destroy the notion that human achievement can overcome the tyrannies of nature and chance.
Los Angeles Times, September 25, 1995Among my husband' souvenirs from graduate school is a memo from Franco Modigliani, who has since won the Nobel prize in economics, telling students and colleagues of a friend's murder by the Red Brigades for the crime of being an economist. It is a reminder that the contemplative life is not without its enemies or its risks.
Technology = Freedom?
Forbes ASAP, August 27, 1995Is information technology inherently liberating? Is it true, as George Gilder proclaimed in this magazine in February, that Moore's Law "means that all of the monopolies and hierarchies and pyramids and power grids of industrial society are going to dissolve"? Or, as Tom Peters said in the same issue, that "governments are becoming irrelevant"?
The Lethal Center
The danger of quick-fix consensus.
Reason, August/September 1995In 1949, a 32-year-old child of the New Deal wrote a book that sought to establish the limits of respectable political thought--of consensus and common sense--in the conformist post-World War II era. Positioning himself between the "Doughface progressives" who believed in the perfectibility of man and the "plutocratic reactionaries" who supported free markets, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. defined his own position in his book's title: The Vital Center. Summing up the spirit of his age, he wrote, "During most of my political consciousness this has been a New Deal country. I expect it will continue to be a New Deal country."
Interview with the Vamp: An Interview with Camille Paglia
Keeping up with a rapid-fire radical
Reason, August/September 1995Hurricane Camille swept into American culture five years ago with the publication of Sexual Personae, a learned 800-page treatise on sex, art, and literature through the ages. After two decades of rejection and obscurity, Camille Paglia was famous. Her demanding master work wasn't exactly accessible to the educated lay reader, but it became a bestseller--as have her subsequent reader-friendly essay collections Sex, Art, and American Culture and Vamps & Tramps.