Worth Reading for July 2004

7/31 Ed Hudgins tracks how many paternalist and socialist schemes John Kerry packed into his speech to the Democratic convention. And Robert Tracinski analyzes Kerry’s fellow Democrats’ bait-and-switch technique in their convention speeches. Note also Tracinski’s prediction that the Republicans won’t do much better at their convention next month.

7/30 Chris Goodman reconsiders Waller Newell’s provocative speculations about the Western origins of Islamic terrorism. And here is Daniel Pipes’s earlier article, which makes many similar connections. Also: Whalid Phares, Professor of Middle East Studies, argues that 9-11 was a failure of academia.

7/29 Irfan Khawaja perceptively reviews the reviews of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9-11”.

7/28 Business ethicist Gary Hull on one victim of the Enron scandal: the principle of the presumption of innocence.

7/27 Jessica Warner reviews Big Sister, Neil Boyd’s account of the excesses of radical feminism. (Requires online registration at Toronto’s The Globe & Mail.)

7/26 Johann Hari’s disturbing article on the status of homosexuals in Islamic communities. And an equally disturbing article on the status of just about everyone else. Also: Susan Stephan lists sixteen victims of evil: Writers who have been subject to physical violence by Islamic fanatics. (Thanks for Virginia for the link.)

7/25 English professor John Zuern’s online guide to Aristotle’s Poetics.

7/15 Literary critic Kirsti Minsaas on the role of tragedy in Ayn Rand’s fiction.

7/14 Science writer Ronald Bailey on the good-news follow-up reports about Love Canal
and those who are still drawing exactly the wrong lesson.

7/13 Philosopher Denis Dutton’s review of John Ellis’s classic Against Deconstruction.

7/12 Web logger Cody Hatch on the United States as a millionaire-making machine.

7/11 Haim Harari’s thoughtful and urgent overview and analysis of the Arab and Muslim worlds and the place of the Israel/Palestine conflict in it. (Thanks to Don P. for the link.)

7/2 The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education takes on
a new attack on free speech in the name of protecting us from harassment.

7/1 Philosopher James Otteson takes up the question:
Does too much freedom of choice tyrannize us?

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