The U.S. Economy in 2009: “Toto, We’re Not In Kansas Anymore”

lpl竞猜官网by Beth Ann Bovino This was a record-breaking year, though there was almost no good news. As it came to a close, most welcomed its departure. Unfortunately, we expect more tough times ahead in 2009, with no turn around likely until later next year. The current financial crisis has deeply frightened consumers and businesses, and…

Sounds of the Tides: Some Thoughts on Literature in the Vernacular

lpl竞猜官网The late and much missed Sidney Morgenbesser used to say that the whole moral and intellectual dilemma posed by the universalism-particularism dichotomy was an uninteresting, if not false, one: to paraphrase Morgenbesser’s reasoning, we all come from a specific time and place, but we leave the world with more than what we were given by…

Left Out In The Cold: The Impact From The Sub-Prime Mortgage Collapse

lpl竞猜官网by Beth Ann Bovino The house party has started to wind down. The result of these excesses has finally started to appear. Big sub-prime mortgage lender New Century Financial has filed for bankruptcy, while tens of thousands of sub-prime borrowers are unable to make their payments. Defaults on these mortgages, which are granted to homebuyers…

Monday Musing: Darfur, Privatized Humanitarian Intervention, and Moral Ambiguity

lpl竞猜官网It’s one of the moments in the annual cycle where some of us at 3QD increase our focus on Darfur. Tilting toward the liberal-lefty bleeding heart side of the spectrum, we get incensed by the news, then feel that perhaps we’re being too monomaniacal and strident. Perhaps something by the powers that be suggests that…

Monday Musing: Liberalism’s Loss of the Skeptical Spirit

I recently completed Raymond Geuss’ Outside Ethics, a collection of essays from various talks on contemporary Western political and moral philosophy. I’ve been a fan of Geuss’ work ever since reading his very thin but insightful book The Idea of a Critical Theory, which Ram once described as lacking an unnecessary word, and after taking…