Who Should Professors Write For?

Posted on March 4, 2014
The recent controversy sparked by Nicholas Kristof's lament over university professors' self-imposed irrelevance is nothing new. Kant, for example, handled the dilemma of scholarly writing vs. popular writing in his own way.
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The Spectacle and the Square

Posted on March 6, 2014
The ancient Greeks bestowed to European civilization three great political technologies: the spectacle, the square, and rhetoric. This long winter we have seen each at work in remarkable ways in Russia and Ukraine.
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Who's Afraid of Nate Silver?

Posted on March 20, 2014
Data is hard won, theoretically complicated, and wrapped up with questions of value, questions that Leon Wieseltier claims Nate Silver and all his "intimidating" fellow data journalists fear. But that's just not true.
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Where the Disappeared Reappear

Posted on March 25, 2014
To be “disappeared”—a perverse if starkly accurate use of the passive voice—is not just to be kidnapped or killed. It is to be removed from the political world in such a way that no public memory or imagination is allowed.
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