“Can we really link specific brain structures to particular behaviors? Or do these fascinating new finds get a critical pass because they feed into ingrained preconceptions about biology as a root cause of all things evil or inevitable?” —Anne Fausto-Sterling, Boston Review
Americans do not notice the success of government because, like air, is all around them and taken for granted. — Sociologist Claude Fischer
The international evidence on the role of government suggests that improving the U.S. government’s normal performance would generally involve expanding its role, not shrinking it. — For more, see this piece by Claude Fischer
Don’t lose track— here’s what’s going on with the NSA.
When I am twenty-one, I clutch a cold ten dollar bill.
The gas attendant has a gold tooth.
Says, what are you all dressed up for, missy.
I smooth the gray wool of my bridge coat. — from Regina DiPerna’s poem "Where My Body Has Been"
Unless the United States begins to recognize the limitations of its power and its resources—as well as the uncertain effects that such decisions can have—it will forever overreach, overspend, and overcommit. — Barry Posen
Chicago-based poet/genius Anthony Madrid collaborates w/artist Mark Fletcher to bring you limericks that make your lips go flabble plap + drawings that make your eyes pop. See ‘em all here. Brought to you by bostonreview.
There was ‘the system’ before, during, and after the crisis, and it was in the heat of the moment that the system was at its best. But that same system arguably caused the financial crisis and, left largely in place, might yet contribute to another. — Jonathan Kirshner