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  • BARELY A SCIENCE, "IF IT IS A SCIENCE AT ALL"

    by Arthur Silber

    If you think that psychiatry and psychology are"hard" sciences, I strongly suggest you take the time to read this illuminating and disturbing two-part article by psychologist Lauren Slater. She begins by recounting a now-famous experiment, a"trick" if you will, that took place 30 years ago: In 1972, David Rosenhan, a newly minted psychologist with a joint degree in law, called eight friends and said


  • Trade and Terror

    by Radley Balko

    The last two pieces I've written for FoxNews.com have been pretty critical of President Bush, and as you might expect from a Fox audience, email responses were overwhelmingly negative, though not very convincing. Even the suppportive responses were along the lines of"I agree that spending is out of control, but Bush doesn't play politics with national security, and that's why I'm voting for him."

    I'm not so sure that's the case. And The New Republic's Jonathan Chait


  • JAPAN'S CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED IMAGE

    by Charles W. Nuckolls

    Recently, a colleague tried to obtain footage of Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi entering the Yakusuni Shrine in Tokyo. He was refused.

    Yakusuni Shrine, for those who don't know, is the place where the spirits of Japanese war dead are enshrined and worshipped as gods. Tojo Hikeki, who, as Japan's war-time prime minister, ordered the attack on Pearl Habor, is one of the spirits installed at Yakusuni.

    Since the war, Yakasuni has been the center of Japan's growing nationalist resu


  • ON GRAVE AND GATHERING THREATS

    by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

    For days now, the news has been dominated by reactions to David Kay's statement that"we were almost all wrong" in the belief that Iraq had WMDs. Condoleeza Rice concedes that maybe there were no WMDs, but"Saddam Hussein had every opportunity ... to tell the world that he had destroyed them." Instead, he chose to remain silent and"secret


  • BIOGRAPHIES

    by Mark Brady

    Not only am I an avid reader of obituaries but I am also a keen reader of biographies and entries in biographical dictionaries, preferably those written after the death of the subject and with full access to their papers, etc. Some of my favorite books are biographical dictionaries, either national or more specific. The notable Dictionary of National Biography, first edited by Leslie Stephen, father of Virginia Wolfe, remains an amazing repository of human knowledge. Many decades ago Oxford U

  • MY MEETING WITH JOHN KERRY

    by David T. Beito

    Well....not really, at least not yet. I have reason to believe that I might be able to meet with him, probably in a group setting. If I get a chance to ask him questions, what should they be? I think it is best to keep away from personal issues (such where were you on the afternoon on July 8, 1971? etc.). Suggestions please!

  • Notoriously Unreliable

    by Pat Lynch

    I felt like I was in some kind of weird alternative universe a la Star Trek this morning as I read my local paper the Indianapolis Star. Just below an AP story describing how President Bush is now proposing INCREASING funding for the NEA (oh if I had the time to blog about that one today) were two pieces on the new government estimates for what the Bush prescription drug benefit is really going to cost.

    OK, no one really believed the benefit was going to cost a mere 400 billion dollars, b


  • INSIDE IRAN: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AFTER THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION

    by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

    Last night, Ted Koppel's"Nightline," which was born in the days of the Iranian hostage crisis during the Carter administration, presented an extraordinary look inside Iran. The country is basically fractured in two. Real political power is held by 12 appointed clerics and jurists, the"Guardian Council," which exercises"rigid Islamic control" and which recently


  • INTRODUCING MYSELF

    by Robert L. Campbell

    I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to Liberty and Power, for while I have posted to online forums and left a few comments on other people's blogs, I’ve yet to establish one of my own. I am an academic psychologist. A quick description of my research interests would be that I do theoretical psychology, with a developmental bias; I am also becoming gradually more interested in the history of psychology. My hobby is music history (jazz and R&B, in particular).

    Though I've


  • FOREIGN POLICY AND THE CASH NEXUS

    by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

    According to this exclusive ABC News report, it appears that oil contracts were awarded to quite a few individuals by the regime of Saddam Hussein from 1997 until 2003," conducted under the aegis of the United Nations' oil-for-food program, which was designed to allow Iraq to sell oil in exchange for humanitarian goods." A document found among the files of the Iraqi Oil Ministry in Baghdad lists


  • Is it Over Already?

    by Pat Lynch

    For those of us political junkies in the world this is a special time of the year. It's sort of like pennant fever for baseball fans as we watch the presidential campaign unfold before us (with understandable terror at the chosen policies of Democratic and Republican candidates for libertarians).

    However media pundits, the same folks who told us that Dean was only a few inconvenient elections away from being the nominee, are now saying that it's already a two person race. Gregg Easterbro


  • New Hampshire Non Sequitur

    by Sheldon Richman

    The news media continue their unrelenting propaganda on behalf of the “democratic process.” In reporting the results of the New Hampshire primary, one cable TV news reader noted that Wesley Clark had beaten John Edwards for third place by about 800 votes, demonstrating once again, he said, that “every vote counts.” And exactly how does it demonstrate that? All it tells me is that any person in New Hampshire who cast more than 800 votes that night might have made a difference in who placed third

  • REMEMBER TUCHMAN'S WARNING: "BAD INTELLIGENCE" DIDN'T MAKE ANYONE DO ANYTHING

    by Arthur Silber

    There is an important distortion and a significant piece of misdirection that is now occurring with regard to David Kay's recent statements and the purported"intelligence failures" about Iraq's non-existent WMD threat. This editorial in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune captures the issue very accurately: Kay paints a picture of Iraq falling apart from 1998 onward: Saddam Hussein was in la la land, writing ba


  • DEAR MS. NOONAN AND MR. GIBSON (AND ASSORTED OTHERS)

    by Arthur Silber

    Please forgive me for presuming to write to you about a matter of weighty religious significance, when religion is not a subject I consider myself at all expert in. In addition, this particular matter involves complex historical conflicts, as well as a long history of horrifically destructive discrimination and mass murder, subjects I am certain you are both all too familiar with, especially after the debate that has gone on for many months now.

    And I myself would not want to be the pe

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