Society and Culture

Does Capitalism Have a Future

Fall 2010

Does Capitalism Have a Future?

Daniel Tompsett

In the wake of the 2007–09 financial crisis, a number of economists and commentators have written books to try to establish why the crisis happened.

Wings of Peace

Summer 2010

Wings of Peace

Edwin Stepp

One Israeli and one Palestinian are showing how human experience can be transcended—to the benefit of not only themselves but their world.

John Wooden Biography

Summer 2010

John Wooden: A Lifetime Masterpiece

Donald R. Hornsby

A masterpiece is something that’s done with extraordinary skill, and a review of John Robert Wooden’s life journey suggests that this maxim was indeed a daily focus.

Sugarcoating Halloween

October 28, 2010

Sugarcoating Halloween

Michael McKinney

Although Halloween did not originate in the United States, Americans spend more than six billion dollars celebrating their fastest growing holiday each year.

Thinking Between the Lines

Summer 2010

Thinking Between the Lines

Wilf Hey

Deceptions, hoaxes and urban legends abound, mainly because so many people are so easily taken in by them. Here’s how you can avoid being one of them.

Who Needs a Hero?

May 11, 2010

Who Needs A Hero?

Martin Coates

Why the long fascination with superheroes? Does it indicate a deep-seated hope people have that someone will save them from the current peril or crisis?

The Foundations of Charity

April 19, 2010

The Foundations of Charity

Martin Coates

Before deciding how we give for humanitarian relief, and to whom we give, we need to be as sure as we can that we are giving wisely and effectively.

Joining the Club: Nuclear Weapons and Warfare

April 12, 2010

Joining the Club

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick

Can nations prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and push for nuclear disarmament?

Book Review: Out of Poverty

February 16, 2010

Out of Poverty: What Works? 

Jerry de Gier

What makes poor people poor? What can they do about their poverty? Paul Polak started International Development Enterprises to answer these questions.

The Value of Happiness

February 9, 2010

The Value of Happiness

Martin Coates

In a 2007 poll, 58 percent of children said they would choose happiness over wealth. But what does it take to make people happy? 

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