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I have found the following pieces to be quite thoughtful commentaries on contemporary issues.  I heartily suggest them, without necessarily affirming everything that they say.

On September 11th and its Aftermath:

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Bill Moyers: "This Isn't the Speech I Expected to Give Today ... " (A keynote address to the Environmental Grantmakers Association, 10/16/01.)

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Noam Chomsky: Commentary and Background on U.S. Policy (Z Magazine, 10/01).

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Philip C. Wilcox, Jr: "The Terror" (New York Review of Books 10/18/01)
(on alternatives to a war on terrorism)

bulletRonald Dworkin: "The Threat to Patriotism" (New York Review of Books, 2/28/02)
bullet"What has al-Qaeda done to our Constitution, and to our national standards of fairness and decency? Since September 11, the government has enacted legislation, adopted policies, and threatened procedures that are not consistent with our established laws and values and would have been unthinkable before. ..."
bulletClick HERE for more information on the threat to civil liberties.
bulletTimothy Garton Ash: "Is There A Good Terrorist?"  (New York Review of Books 11/20/01) 
click HERE for more news and commentary on this issue

On Other Topics:

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Garry Wills: "The Dramaturgy of Death"  (New York Review of Books, 6/21/01)
(on the death penalty)

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Mark Lilla: "The Lure of Syracuse" (New York Review of Books 9/20/01)

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Isaiah Berlin: "Notes on Prejudice"  (New York Review of Books 10/18/01)

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Louis Menand: "College: The End of the Golden Age" (New York Review of Books 10/18/01)

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Ian Buruma & Avishai Margalit: "Occidentalism" (New York Review of Books 1/17/02)

 

 

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