Carl L. Bankston III

Reality TV on Chinese Airwaves

By Carl Bankston III The front page of today’s New York Times carries an article on one of the most popular television shows in China,...

An End of Year Look at School Vouchers

By Carl Bankston III In an end of the year article in City Journal, Marcus A. Winters celebrates 2011 as “The Year of the Voucher.”...

Remembering the Amerasian in the Saigon Coffee Shop

By Carl L. Bankston III The tropical glare squats at the edge of the shade, studying arcs traced by our coffeecups in the rise and fall between...

History Ends or Turns Again

By Carl L. Bankston III Francis Fukuyama has moved on since his 1989 book, The End of History and the Last Man.  Most recently, he...

The New Knowledge Economy?

By Carl L. Bankston III Josef Joffe’s review (1) of Thomas Friedman & Michael Mandelbaum’s new book, That Used to Be Us, contains the following...

Occupy Paranoia

By Carl L. Bankston III In 1963, Richard Hofstadter published an essay entitled “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.”  “I call it the paranoid style,”...

Iraq: What Lessons Should We Learn?

By Carl Bankston III As the United States withdraws its troops from Iraq, the sectarian and ethnic divisions in Iraq threaten its fragile unity. To...

In Search of Civilization

Carl L. Bankston III The word “civilization” once represented confidence in complex social systems in general and in the social systems of the ancient Mediterranean...

Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking

By Carl L. Bankston III What do colleges teach these days? One answer to that question that has become common in the past five to...

After Iraq, Another Dangerous Tour of Duty

By Carl L. Bankston III Previously, I wrote about the take-over of New Orleans schools by the state of Louisiana. While I strongly favor local...

The End of the Dear Leader

Carl L. Bankston III To me, the most disturbing scenes to come out of North Korea following the death of Kim Jong Il are the...

Against Social Policy

By Carl L. Bankston III Over the past few years, I have grown increasingly suspicious of the very idea of social policy. This may be...