Paper Clippings The Blog of The Crossroads Cultural Center

Paper Clippings, more than a classical blog, is a service providing valuable reading material in order to help readers reach a judgment about current affairs. Comments and discussion are more than welcome.

Wednesday
Feb222006

Swedish bin Ladens

It is always impressive to what crazy extremes bad ideas can develop by the sheer force of logic separated from elementary experience.

Wednesday
Feb222006

Baby market

The striking thing about this interview is how the "expert" consciously avoids any attempt at assessing "good and bad," which would detract from her "scientific" expertise. Thus dies rationality, in the name of "science."

Wednesday
Feb222006

A test for new justices

The stage is ready at the Supreme Court for "its most significant ruling on abortion rights in almost 15 years."

Sunday
Feb192006

Minus habens

Leon Wieseltier skewers scientism, "one of the dominant superstitions of our day." As a symbol, he chooses our friend, Daniel Dennett.

Saturday
Feb182006

Not so simple

Famous economist Amartya Sen defends secular universalism against the encroaching waves of religious/ethnic tribalism. It may worth remembering, however, that historically the ideal of a universal human community goes back to the religious experience of one particular middle eastern tribe. And when that universal ideal became detached from that religious experience, it also degenerated in violence.

Thursday
Feb162006

The final days

The NYTimes reviews the new movie on Sophie Scholl

Thursday
Feb162006

The worst of the worst

Another great scourge of our time are the fanatic 1968-produced ideologues that run the bureaucracy of the European Union.

Wednesday
Feb152006

The islanders' revolt


The Aland archipelago is an autonomous region of Finland.
Aland's 26,000 people are essentially sovereign co-rulers of their home nation of Finland. As such, they can veto any international treaty that Finland wants to enter, including EU treaties. Now the Alanders could stop attempts to revive the moribund EU constitution. The reason? They want to chew their Swedish tobacco...
Don't miss this intrigue on the Baltic Sea

Monday
Feb132006

The unknown, healthy U.S. economy

You think the U.S. economy is in trouble, right? Well, think again. Businesses are investing about $1 trillion a year more than the official numbers show. Savings rate is actually positive. The deficit with the rest of the world is much smaller than advertised, and GDP is probably growing faster than what they are telling you.

Monday
Feb132006

Pampered to death

Fareed Zakaria explains that the economic decline of Europe is due primarily to a culture that entrusts everything to the state and does not prize personal initiative.

Monday
Feb132006

Subsidiarity

This column makes the case that the most important resource in Africa's development are its people.

Saturday
Feb112006

A real dialogue

Fr. Cervellera's editorial on the murder in Trebizon. What prevents dialogue is nihilism, because when we dot care about our happiness, all we care for is power.

Thursday
Feb092006

Rent-a-mob

A convincing analysis of the Danish cartoons story.On the situation in the middle east you can also read the latest column by Fouad Ajami.

Tuesday
Feb072006

The idealist

It is easy to underestimate the power of being a speech writer.

Tuesday
Feb072006

The only one

Nat Hentoff is an interesting character.