Posts tagged "cold war"

“Could People Be Good Without Foundations?”

From Andrew Hartman's recent post at U.S. Intellectual History, "The Politics of Epistemology," in which he excerpts the following (and more) from his book Education and the Cold War:
By the beginning of the Cold War, this crisis was seemingly resolved in what Purcell terms the “relativist theory of democracy,” a stripped-down version of Dewey’s...

Outer Phenomenon and Inner Journey

A review of David Halperin's Journal of a UFO Investigator (Viking, 2011) By David Metcalfe Riddles chased mysteries, were chased by enigmas, around and around my brain. --from Journal of a UFO Investigator On June 24, 1947 the U.S. Air Force pilot Kenneth Arnold witnessed a series of angular, wedge shaped objects skipping like saucers across the sky near...

From Birchers to Birthers?

An excerpt from Heather Hendershot's new book, What's Fair on the Air:  Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting and the Public Interest (Chicago, 2011).  Hendershot, a professor at Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, will be reading from What's Fair TONIGHT, Friday, September 23 at 5 pm at the NYU Bookstore.  Our founding editor, Jeff Sharlet, will be...

Shari’ah, Fearing the Unknown

In news story after news story, the fear of Islam -- and specifically of "creeping" Shari'ah law --  is confirmed in headlines.  From the Oklahoma law passed during midterm elections that banned Shari'ah (and was later blocked by a state judge) to the protest of mosques (or mosque-like buildings!) under construction...

Who Remembers McCarthy?

Becky Garrison: Over at Killing the Buddha, Garrett Baer addresses the current controversy over Park51 by raising the question, “at what time in American history have particular groups not been the subject of bigotry? He reminds us that “The Tea Party, of course, is defending American values, as are the Minute Men, as was...