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The Sphinx

Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II, by Nicholas Wapshott BOOK REVIEW BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The complicated strategic struggle...

The Case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Why Didn't School Desegregation Work? BY CARL L. BANKSTON III After well over a half-century of efforts to desegregate American schools, many schools and even school...

Paul Berman's The Flight of the Intellectuals

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The recent controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech at Yale reminded me of a review I published back in 2011...

Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The recent controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech at Yale reminded me of a review I published back in 2011...

The Stiglitz Plan for Engineering Mobility

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In the review section of the Sunday New York Times, the economist and Nobel Laureate Joseph E.Stiglitz remarks that “study...

Napoleon Chagnon’s Noble Savages

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III If one of the purposes of a book review is to inspire readers to take up the original work, Elizabeth...

Napoleon Chagnon's Noble Savages

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III If one of the purposes of a book review is to inspire readers to take up the original work, Elizabeth...

Racist America? – Prof. Carl L. Bankston

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Many of my academic colleagues are dedicated to the proposition that the United States is racist to the core. That,...

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Nearly a quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the specter of Karl Marx continues to...

Young People: You WILL Serve the State

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III As Tulane University President Scott Cowen enters his last year before retirement, I want to acknowledge his contributions to the...

In the Land of Invented Languages, by Arika Okrent

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In college I knew a young woman who had studied the languages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional world and taught herself to write...

The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Jared Diamond’s last two books aimed at accounting for the rise and fall of civilizations. Guns, Germs, and Steel offered...

Obama’s Accreditation Reforms for Higher Education

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Irene White was kind enough to send me the link to her blog on President Obama’s accreditation reforms for higher...

Obama's Accreditation Reforms for Higher Education

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Irene White was kind enough to send me the link to her blog on President Obama’s accreditation reforms for higher...

Charter Schools: No, Yes, and Maybe

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III People with views on charter schools often seem to be divided into two opposing teams. Supporters tend to argue that...

Another Affirmative Action Case for the Supreme Court

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that the U.S. Supreme Court is being urged to take up Michigan Attorney General...

Charter Schools and Integration

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education has a new study just out on the effect of...

More “Civic Engagement”

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III My university is now considering a proposal to make “public service” and “civic engagement” part of the tenure consideration process....

The Spending and the Debt Continue

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Like most other people who have family incomes below $450,000, I was happy that Congress avoided the looming large increase...

PBS on Spending and Saving—Bankston

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The PBS Newshour showed an interesting, although somewhat oversimplified and misleading, segment on the spending vs. saving dilemma. Considering this...

“Creating, Promoting, and Enforcing” Opinions in the Marketplace of Ideas

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I was disappointed to read that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District has upheld the firing of...

Bankston—Jonathan Israel’s, “Radical Enlightenment”

Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750 BY CARL L. BANKSTON III By the end of the European middle ages, a Christianized version of Aristotelian philosophy...

A Response to Scott Cowen on Universities and the “Fiscal Cliff”

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Scott Cowen, the president of my university, has an opinion piece on the “fiscal cliff” issue on the Huffington Post...

The Deterministic Free Will of Daniel C. Dennett

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III One of the greatest philosophical dilemmas posed by the development of the modern scientific view of the world concerns the...

Commencement Controversy

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III There is a very small but symbolically interesting controversy at my university over this year’s recently announced commencement speaker, the...

Bankston: Was That Really Prosperity?

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III During the recent presidential election and in our current “fiscal cliff” debates over tax and spending policies, I’ve heard frequent...

Missiles in the Middle East

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I recently received a call from the Tulane Students for Justice in Palestine for a candlelight vigil "to remember and...

A Philosopher Defends Favoritism

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Steven T. Asma has an interesting article on fairness versus favoritism at The Chronicle of Higher Education website. Favoritism, acting...

Hobbes: A Biography, by A.P. Martinich

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Aloysisus P. Martinich, who holds an endowed chair in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, is an internationally...

Youssef, Nakoula, or Bacile? Man of Many Names Goes to Jail

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Mark Basseley Youssef, also known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and best known as Sam Bacile, has been sentenced to a...