Herbert London

Commentary & Opinion
12:42 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Herbert London: The Lack Of Seriousness

Have we reached a stage in our national development where seriousness on almost any subject is impossible? Examples abound.

Edward Snowden, who leaked National Security Agency surveillance projects to the British Guardian, said, “I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.” And he noted, “the public should decide, not the government.”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Herbert London: Inventing Rights And The Enforcement Mechanism That Goes Along With Them

Washington is the home for rights promoters. Fads of the moment translate into rights with legal justification and a regulatory apparatus attached to them. This is the manner in which government expands without limit. Illustrations abound.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:10 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Herb London: Denial and The Obama Presidency

In 1967 Joey Bishop, the celebrated comedian and honorary member of Sinatra’s Rat Pack, starred in a film entitled “A Guide for the Married Man.” Although this is hardly a distinguished movie, one scene was worth the price of admission.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:34 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Herbert London: The University Resistance Movement

It was bound to happen. The professoriate has risen in opposition to on-line education. Philosophy professors at San Jose State University said they refuse to use material from an on-line course taught by Harvard professor, Michael Sandel, for fear administrators were angling to cut departmental expenses.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Herbert London: Hypocrisy As Policy

Rarely in the history of this republic has hypocrisy been a public policy position. As Rochfoucaud noted hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays virtue. But suppose virtue has nothing to do with it. Suppose hypocrisy becomes a way to deceive and deflect criticism.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Herbert London: The Lady T. I knew

It is unlikely the world will ever encounter a Margaret Thatcher again.  Her courage, confidence in her views, power of persuasion are simply sui generis.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:38 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Herbert London: Egypt, Syria & Israel

Independence Day marked a major event in Israel’s history: A 65th Anniversary, a day of pomp, ceremony and remembrance. But it is also a day to take stock of Israel’s strategic position in the Middle East. Despite the relative calm, there are storm clouds on the horizon.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:33 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Herbert London: Terrorism We Encourage?

The two Boston bombers were born in Dagestan and despite their alleged grievance over the treatment of Chechens, never lived there. For law enforcement officials and counter-terror experts this radical view that inspired their heinous act is a conundrum. Even President Obama asked plaintively, “Why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence?”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:16 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Herbert London: The School of Emergent Global Peace

For meta-historians who take the long view, e.g. Arnold Toynbee, there is the emergence of a “looming global peace” that is gaining acceptance in the corridors of Academe. It is predicated on the belief that we are nearing a point in history where war as we know it has disappeared. Presumably the world is becoming safe and secure with few violent conflicts. Moreover, the United States faces no plausible existential threats or great power rivalry. This is the unvarnished theme at its most basic level.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:07 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Herbert London: Basic Competencies and The MOOC Surge

It is difficult to know if MOOC’s (Massive Open On-line Courses) are a conspiracy to undermine the Academy or mankind’s final redemption, a way to open the avenues of higher education. However one sees it, millions of people are already taking on-line courses. There is a revolution taking place driven by technology and cost controls. Where it will end up is anyone’s guess, but ultimately the success of this innovation will depend on measured competencies.

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