Author: James N. Markels

Dec 11,2006

The strategic libertarian

Former colleague Brink Lindsey stirred up something of a tempest among libertarians last week with his article in The New Republic suggesting that libertarians might be better off leaving the...

Nov 13,2006

Cultural learnings from Borat

There are so many targets for ridicule in “Borat: Cultural Learnings of American for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” but what is most interesting about the movie is not...

Oct 15,2006

Cheating now means cheating later

Max Jacob once said, “When you get to the point where you cheat for the sake of beauty, you’re an artist.” In Jacob’s mind, perhaps, the pursuit of beauty was...

Sep 18,2006

The Pope’s call to reason

I’m getting a feeling of déjà vu over the recent protests in the Muslim community over remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI last Tuesday in Germany. Once again, like with the Danish cartoons a...

Aug 20,2006

Cooler heads on global warming

There’s a storm brewing over global warming–or, more accurately, storms aren’t brewing, and that’s causing a storm in itself. People preaching the dangers of global warming predicted that warmer air...

Jul 23,2006

The law of war

Take a look at the main page for National Review Onlinea to get an idea of the current conservative mindset: the sections are labeled “At War: Mideast,” “At War: Iraq,” “At War:...