Monthly Archives: September 2015

A Contradictory Man: The Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan | Public Discourse

Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s dazzling résumé is well-known: gunnery officer in the US Navy, Harvard professor of government, ambassador to India and the United Nations, assistant secretary of labor, urban policy adviser to President Nixon, and for four terms a Democratic senator from New York. Obviously, Moynihan saw a lot and did a lot. But what did he think? Continue reading

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Jews Against Themselves | Mosaic Magazine

J Street is an organization that describes itself as “pro-Israel” and proclaims itself “devoted and committed to Israel’s future.” Yet, as Edward Alexander observes in an important new book, J Street “misses no opportunities to blacken Israel’s reputation and very few opportunities to encourage campaigns to delegitimize it.”

And J Street is not alone. Similar Jewish organizations, some without J Street’s pretensions to Zionist commitment, have been proliferating in recent years both here and abroad. In the United States, they include, among others, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews against the Occupation, Jews for Free Palestine, Jews for Justice in the Middle East, and a multitude of local chapters, offshoots, and branches. Continue reading

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China, a Wounded Tiger, Could Lash Out | Los Angeles Times

The Chinese Communist Party’s power has long rested on four pillars: economic growth, nationalism, repression and communist ideology. The last of these withered away almost entirely as China liberalized its economy, with slogans such as “Long live the invincible Marxism-Leninism theory” replaced by “To get rich is glorious.” Now the first pillar is unstable too. Continue reading

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Lanhee Chen PhD? | Connecting the Dots

(Updated) Lanhee Chen, Mitt Romney’s former policy czar, is now to be a commentator on CNN. But is there a cloud around this rising Republican pundit? The former Romney aide holds four degrees from Harvard: a BA, MA, JD, and PhD. Chen earned this last degree in 2009 when he completed a doctoral dissertation for Harvard’s Department of Government. It is a curious document.

For one thing, it is a mere 134 pages of text in length, which is shorter than some of the senior theses written by Harvard’s undergraduates. For another thing, a Harvard doctoral dissertation in political science is typically a searching inquiry into a single subject, a work—according to departmental guidelines—“that makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the field.” Yet Chen’s dissertation, titled Essays on Elections, consists of three chapters on three barely related subjects. Continue reading

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