Monthly Archives: May 2012

David Brooks on Vocations : Finance and Consulting as the choice of the student elite by Political Observer

David Brooks cannot resist the temptation to present himself as public moralist even when discussing the career choices of the 'student elite' as in this essay of of May 24, 2012 obliquely titled The Service Patch. A side note: Mr. … Continue reading

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David Brooks on Bain Capital as ‘Creative Destruction’

Should the attentive reader of Mr. David Brooks essay of May 17, 2012, titled How Change Happens, be surprised that he chooses the Wall Street Journal and the National Review as the sources of evaluations of the business practices of … Continue reading

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David Brooks on ‘The Age of Innocence’ by Political Observer

Mr. Brooks in his essay of May 17, 2012 appropriates his title from Edith Wharton's 1920 novel of the same name. Mr. Brook's meditation might better be called The Age of Cynicism: as it takes the careful, and quite precise … Continue reading

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On The Theopolitics of Reinhold Niebuhr by Political Observer

  I’ve just finished a Reinhold Niebuhr biography by Richard Fox published in 1985. That I find Mr. Niebuhr repugnant as person and Christian Moralist is a statement of my prejudice, without apology. I felt that I wanted to understand … Continue reading

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Books of Interest: Habermas An Intellectual Biography by Matthew G. Specter, Central Connecticut State University

http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item5562860/Habermas/?site_locale=… Read Peter E. Gordon’s review in The New Repulic: http://www.tnr.com/book/review/zero-hour-jurgen-habermas#.T7e1YaGGfdo.twitter  

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Books of Interest:Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America by Paul E. Gottfried, Elizabethtown College

http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6585778/?site_locale=en_US See this review in The American Conservative, quite surprising. Thank you to Arts and Letters Daily and  Kenneth B. McIntyre.

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Books of Interest: Science and Religion in Quest of Truth by John Polkinghorne F.R.S. K.B.E.

A review in the TLS of May 18,2012 by Mark Vernon titled New Causes brought me to this book. Mr. Plokinghorne is both scientist and theologin. 

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