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  • Profiling Populists and the Tea Party

    06/23/2010 9:01:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | June 23, 2010 | Mary Grabar
    I guess I’m a populist even though with a Ph.D. in English I don’t fit the profile. As someone who has attended tea party rallies and town hall meetings here in Georgia I’m supposed to have “common sense” but not much book-learning. You know, we can fix cars, bake a cherry pie, and clean a pistol. But we’re irrationally afraid that the Obama guv’ment will take those guns away from us. I’m part of a group that can be “ugly,” according to Paul Krugman. This sentiment, unfortunately, was repeated by Lee Harris in his new otherwise impressive book titled The...
  • Blind Faiths

    01/05/2008 9:14:20 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies · 186+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 6, 2008 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Several authors have published books on radical Islam’s threat to the West since that shocking morning in September six years ago. With “The Suicide of Reason,” Lee Harris joins their ranks. But he distinguishes himself by going further than most of his counterparts: he considers the very worst possibility — the destruction of the West by radical Islam. There is a sense of urgency in his writing, a desire to shake awake the leaders of the West, to confront them with their failure to understand that they are engaged in a war with an adversary who fights by the law...
  • Lee Harris: Reflections on "Blowback"

    12/13/2007 7:32:53 AM PST · by Tolik · 29 replies · 855+ views ^ | December 12, 2007 | Lee Harris
    The following is a conclusion of a long article by a philosopher Lee Harris where he is deconstructing a frequently heard lately charge of "blowback" to US actions in the world (i.e. that 9/11 was a "blowback" for the United States' foreign policy toward the Muslim world over the past half century or so, going back to the CIA engineered coup in 1953 that ousted Iranian leader Mossadegh, and that  "we had it coming" as a response to "American imperialism") ...This conclusion, however, poses a radical dilemma. A libertarian can plausibly argue that politicians should not interfere with domestic affairs,...
  • How and Why Romney Bombed

    12/07/2007 8:10:37 AM PST · by ZGuy · 913 replies · 358+ views
    TCS ^ | 12/7/6/7 | Lee Harris
    The Reuters headline said: "Mitt Romney Vows Mormon Church Will Not Run White House." Unfortunately, this time Reuters got its story right. In his long-awaited speech designed to win over conservative evangelicals, Romney actually did say something to this effect, making many people wonder why he needed to make such a vow in the first place. It's a bit like hearing Giuliani vow that the mafia will not be running his White House—it is always dangerous to say what should go without saying, because it makes people wonder why you felt the need to say it. Is the Mormon church...
  • Why We Fear 'Fanatic': The Lesson of the Red Mosque

    07/11/2007 10:42:04 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 9 replies · 630+ views
    In my new book, The Suicide of Reason, I offer an explanation of why so many are reluctant to use the word fanatic to denote those, like Ghazi and his "supporters," are behaving precisely in the same way that all fanatics have behaved through history. "The problem with much of the Western response to Islamic fanaticism," I write, "is that our refusal to use the word fanaticism appears to be based on our reluctance to recognize the fact of fanaticism. We avoid the word in order to avoid having to think about the thing, thereby leaving the impression that our...
  • Mad Scientists

    07/11/2007 9:41:55 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 7 replies · 1,176+ views
    This Enlightenment model, which has worked quite effectively in Europe and the United States, as well as in other parts of the world, has always relied on an advanced elite that brings learning to the masses through universal secular education. Many have hoped that Muslim nations would adopt the same model, with the same results. A minority of Muslim technocrats, who had received Western-style scientific educations, would help lead the Middle East into the modern era. They, too, would be eager to transcend their own narrow cultural perspectives, and to join other like-minded men and women across the globe. But...
  • So, Did America Overreact to 9/11?

    02/16/2007 12:33:58 AM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1,569+ views
    TCSDAILY ^ | 15 Feb 2007 | Lee Harris
    Did America overreact to 9/11? This is a question that is much in the air today. Consider, as one example, the essay that recently appeared in the Los Angeles Times written by David A. Bell, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins. The title of the piece is "Putting 9/11 into perspective," and its by-line reads: "The attacks were a horrible act of mass murder, but history says we're overreacting." But does "history" in fact tell us any such thing? Simply put, Bell's argument goes as follows: There have been wars in the past, global wars, in which millions have...
  • Only thing truly warming is rhetoric

    02/13/2007 12:32:37 PM PST · by GMMAC · 10 replies · 565+ views
    Ottawa Citizen - Canada ^ | Wednesday, February 07, 2007 | David Warren
    Only thing truly warming is rhetoric David Warren, The Ottawa Citizen Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 For Sunday, I wrote metaphorically about the absurdity of last week's global warming warning from the United Nations ("IPCC/2007," as it will henceforth be known in bureaucratic legend). This was my own warning to my reader, never to take entirely seriously any proclamation that claims to be rocket science, and is endorsed by everyone in sight who has relevant credentials. A look through history will quickly confirm that while a mere majority may sometimes be right, the unanimous agreement of every available expert...
  • How can anyone be a bystander while someone is stabbed? Mark Steyn

    09/12/2003 7:26:42 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 98 replies · 490+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | 12 Sep 2003 | Mark Steyn
    How can anyone be a bystander while someone is stabbed? By Mark Steyn (Filed: 13/09/2003) On September 11, 2001, the first individual to be named among the dead was the wife of the US Solicitor-General, Barbara Olson, whom I'd sat next to at dinner a couple of months earlier. On September 11, 2003, I woke to the news of the death of the Swedish foreign minister, Anna Lindh, whom I also sat next to a couple of months ago, at a conference. I can't claim anything other than the most casual acquaintance with either lady, but even an accidental proximity...
  • Lee Harris: The Pen, the Sword and the Pontiff

    09/27/2006 7:33:58 AM PDT · by Tolik · 16 replies · 848+ views ^ | September 26, 2006 | Lee Harris
    In the European past, many men were given the choice between death and speaking the truth. Today, however, those who wish to speak the truth as they see it are confronted by a far more wrenching choice.Madeleine Bunting, writing in The Guardian, has sharply attacked the Regensburg address of Pope Benedict XVI. Among the points that she makes, there is one that deserves special attention, because it expresses the sentiment of all those who have criticized the Regensburg address for being inflammatory and provocative. "An elderly Catholic nun has already been killed in Somalia, perhaps in retaliation for the pope's...
  • Socrates or Muhammad? [Pope Benedict XVI] Joseph Ratzinger on the destiny of reason.

    09/25/2006 4:42:01 PM PDT · by baseball_fan · 20 replies · 600+ views ^ | 10/02/2006, Volume 012, Issue 03 | Lee Harris
    …Contrary to what the New York Times reported, Ratzinger is not providing merely "a note on jihad" that has no real bearing on the central message of his address. According to his own words, the topic of jihad constitutes "the starting-point" for his reflection on faith and reason. Ratzinger uses the Islamic concept of jihad to elucidate his critique of modern reason from within. Modern reason argues that questions of ethics, of religion, and of God are outside its compass. Because there is no scientific method by which such questions can be answered, modern reason cannot concern itself with them,...
  • Why isn't Socialism Dead (Forbes version)

    05/23/2006 9:42:55 AM PDT · by CharlieOK1 · 32 replies · 932+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/6/6 | Rich Karlgaard
    First of all, this is not the same article that has been posted from Tech Central Station. It just has the same title.... I owe this title to writer Lee Harris. Last month Harris posed this headliner question in a piece he wrote for Tech Central Station's Web site, TCSDaily. Harris is right to ask; socialism's track record is abysmal.The milder forms of it have yielded economic stagnation where and whenever tried: England in the 1970s; France today. The more impatient strains--"socialism in a hurry," as Lenin reputedly called communism--did nothing but plunder economies and destroy lives. Their fine leaders...
  • Why Isn't Socialism Dead

    05/05/2006 5:59:43 AM PDT · by RKV · 110 replies · 2,811+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 5 May 2006 | Lee Harris
    The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, celebrated May Day by ordering soldiers to occupy his country's natural gas fields. The purpose of this exercise was not military, but economic: Morales has demanded that all foreign companies currently operating these fields must sign a contract with Bolivia that would allow them to retain only 18% of the production, while the remainder would go to Bolivia's state-owned oil company. The 18% concession to the foreign companies was not an act of generosity on the part of Morales, but simply of expediency: Bolivia needs these companies to tap its natural gas resources, because...
  • Why Isn't Socialism Dead?

    05/05/2006 9:51:03 AM PDT · by Jane2005 · 65 replies · 1,093+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | May 5, 2006 | Lee Harris
    Socialism may well spring back to life with a force shocking to those who have declared socialism to be no longer viable. Lee Harris on the challenge that capitalism faces today. Whether it will rise to the challenge is perhaps the most urgent question of our time.
  • Socialism, AKA Democrat Left

    05/06/2006 8:18:35 AM PDT · by PolishProud · 1 replies · 172+ views
    Golden Carp Awards ^ | May 6, 2006 | Stan Janiak
    Lee Harris has written a must read thesis, Why Isn't Socialism Dead. The full article can read at TSC Daily . The following is an excerpt of this thesis where I have inserted DI for Democrat Ideology each time the term "socialism" is used. It is amazing how it accurately describes the Democrat Party. "The shrewd and realistic Florentine statesman and thinker, Guicciardini once advised: 'Never fight against religion...This concept has too much empire over the minds of men.' And to the extent that socialism {DI} is a religion, then those who wish to fight it with mere reason and...
  • Lee Harris: Paró General! The Return of the General Strike

    05/02/2006 8:52:54 AM PDT · by Tolik · 12 replies · 1,039+ views ^ | May 1, 2006 | Lee Harris
    For most Americans, the phrase "general strike" may not pack much of a wallop. But it was once a revolutionary slogan.The photograph showed an elderly Hispanic man holding up a placard with the words Paró General written on it, and it accompanied an internet article about the strike of immigrant workers scheduled for May the First -- a strike that its sponsors pledged would "shut down" cities. As I glanced at the picture, groping through my very limited mental Spanish lexicon, I made the connection: Paró General is the Spanish phrase for general strike. No wonder, I thought to myself,...
  • Russia and The End of History

    02/27/2006 11:37:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies · 987+ views
    TCSDaily ^ | 28 Feb 2006 | Lee Harris
    What a terrific guy that Vladimir Putin must be. Here we all were, worried silly about the chance of Iran getting its hands on nukes, debating about international sanctions, when suddenly Russia decides to help us out of our dilemma by trying to make a deal with the Iranians. Of course, the United States and the UN were tickled pink to accept Putin's mediation, and it is now reported that the Russians have magnanimously offered to enrich uranium for Iran on their own soil -- soil that shares a long and convenient border with Iran. And even if this deal...
  • Lee Harris: The New Iconoclasts

    02/08/2006 5:20:06 AM PST · by Tolik · 7 replies · 962+ views
    tcsdaily ^ | February 8, 2006 | Lee Harris
    The word iconoclast, when it is used nowadays, most often refers to a person who "attacks established beliefs, ideals, customs, or institution," as Webster's Third puts it -- a definition that turns the iconoclast into a cultural rebel or a free thinker, an individual willing to buck the establishment. By this standard, the Danish cartoonist who drew the controversial caricatures of Mohammed was an iconoclast in our modern sense, and was simply doing what many cartoonists have done before him, using his gifts to poke fun at sacred cows. True, the sacred cow, in this case, was the Prophet...
  • There’s No Clash Here: Only one civilization cares to put up a fight (On the cartoon wars)

    02/07/2006 9:47:49 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 29 replies · 1,386+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/07/2006 | Lee Harris
    There’s No Clash Here Only one civilization cares to put up a fight. By Lee Harris Does the so-called "cartoon war" represent the clash of civilizations? I wish I could answer "yes," but I can't. In order for there to be a clash of civilizations, it is necessary for there to be two civilizations, both of which are prepared to defend their deepest cultural values. Those in the Islamic world who are violently protesting the Danish cartoons clearly represent a civilization that is keen on maintaining its own deeply held traditions and convictions, as the Muslim rioters are prepared to...
  • Lee Harris: The West and the ‘Hoax’ocaust

    01/10/2006 5:56:32 AM PST · by Tolik · 24 replies · 1,147+ views
    TCSDaily ^ | January 6, 2006 | Lee Harris
    Today among populist Muslim leaders, there is a rallying cry in the making, and this rallying cry is a denial of the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews. First, the President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shocked the world community by flatly denying that the Holocaust ever occurred. Then, only a few weeks later, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition party in Egypt, came out and he too denied the existence of the Holocaust. Efraim Zuroff, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, has recently warned that "There's no question that a very ugly...
  • The Intellectual Origins Of America-Bashing

    10/18/2005 1:28:54 PM PDT · by baseball_fan · 76 replies · 1,561+ views
    snip... America-bashing is anti-Americanism at its most radical and totalizing. Its goal is not to advise, but to condemn; not to fix, but to destroy. It repudiates every thought of reform in any normal sense; it sees no difference between American liberals and American conservatives; it views every American action, both present and past, as an act of deliberate oppression and systemic exploitation. It is not that America went wrong here or there; it is that it is wrong root and branch. The conviction at the heart of those who engage in it is really quite simple: that America is...
  • The Matter with Kansas Can Be Understood at Woolworth's

    09/23/2005 7:37:16 AM PDT · by Valin · 27 replies · 1,456+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 9/23/05 | Lee Harris
    Not long ago, while waiting to meet some friends for dinner, I dropped into a bookstore where I happened to glance through the political bestseller, What's the Matter With Kansas? -- a title borrowed from a once famous article by a once famous editor, William Allen White. I didn't buy the book, nor did I have enough time to read very much of it. But, then, who needs to read very much of any bestseller nowadays? Thanks to the thoughtful tendency of modern publishing houses to restrict themselves to publishing books that can be summed up in a single sentence,...
  • War in Pieces: The Blood Feud

    07/08/2005 4:51:58 AM PDT · by mal · 16 replies · 2,112+ views
    When 9/11 happened, no one asked me to write an article about it the next day, because no one, outside my immediate circle of friends, had any interest in my opinion. This was fortunate, because I did not need to make a snap judgment about the significance of that fateful morning. Had I rushed my violent first impressions into print, I might have found it difficult to ever get around to having any second thoughts -- second thoughts like the ones that finally came together in the essay "Al Qaeda's Fantasy Ideology," published in Policy Review a full six months...
  • The United States of America: The Inimitable Nation

    06/12/2005 9:35:01 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 55 replies · 1,008+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | June 13, 2005 | Lee Harris
    Once there was a farm located by a tranquil river. One day a duck from the river bumped into a chicken from the farm, and they immediately fell head over heels in love with each other. Sadly, no one else in the barnyard community could appreciate their romance, and both were mocked by all the other animals. "Ducks and chickens were not meant to fall in love," guffawed the cows and the dogs and the roosters — especially the roosters. Deeply mortified by the ridicule, the duck told his beloved hen, "We will flee these narrow-minded bigots. Come, let us...
  • The Future of Tradition

    05/31/2005 9:29:28 PM PDT · by mal · 8 replies · 419+ views
    Policy Review ^ | June 2005 | Lee Harris
    America has been in the midst of a culture war for some time and will probably remain so for some time longer. But culture war is not peculiar to this country. Indeed, there have been at least three great culture wars fought in the course of Western history, including one contemporaneous with the rise of the Sophists in ancient Greece, the epoch identified with the French Enlightenment and the German Aufklärung, and our own current battle. The first two ended in disaster for the societies in which they occurred — the outcome of the third is still pending. Each of...
  • Lee Harris: Why the Runaway Bride Matters

    05/27/2005 11:06:06 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 930+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | May 27, 2005 | Lee Harris
    Jennifer Wilbanks, the notorious runaway bride of Duluth, Georgia, was indicted Wednesday on two charges of lying to the police, and could face up to six years in prison. Some, no doubt, will find these indictments to be overly harsh. After all, can't a girl change her mind? Other prospective brides have been known to get cold feet before their weddings, so why should Ms. Wilbanks be so signally punished? Besides, her lying to the police was just the frantic response of a woman caught in an embarrassing pickle — though a pickle of her own making. Who could blame...
  • The Peculiar Institution: Understanding Why Palestinian Terror Is Different

    02/28/2005 12:04:28 AM PST · by white trash redneck · 11 replies · 433+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 28 feb 05 | Lee Harris
    1. THE PALESTINIANS' MOMENT OF TRUTH The Palestinian people stand at a critical moment in their history. They can rally behind the efforts of their new leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to bring an end to the Palestinian tradition of terror, or they can continue to give their support to those who are pursuing a fatal and futile fantasy -- a fantasy that has cost the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children, both Israelis and Palestinians.             The fantasy in question is the fantasy that one day the so called "Zionist occupation" will end. And the reason it is...
  • Lee Harris: The Greeks Had a Word for It: Hegemony vs. Empire

    02/14/2005 6:17:15 AM PST · by Tolik · 8 replies · 780+ views
    TechCentralStation ^ | 02/14/2005 | Lee Harris
    This once useful linguistic distinction has been completely lost in the intellectual discourse of contemporary politics. Lee Harris explains the vital differences between hegemony and empire and why it matters today.The word "hegemony" has become an essential part of the jargon of the anti-American left. Followers of Noam Chomsky, for example, use the word as often as possible. For most of them, hegemony has become a synonym for empire, and its frequent use a badge of intellectual sophistication. Hence the many references to American hegemony in the political discourse of the noveau enlightened: it is a bit like a password...
  • Lee Harris: Keep Allawi at the Helm

    02/09/2005 6:42:36 PM PST · by Tolik · 10 replies · 556+ views
    TechCentralStation ^ | 02/09/2005 | Lee Harris
    Everyone who thinks that democracy in Iraq is a good thing, hold up your hand. Now everyone who thinks that interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi should have been soundly defeated in the Iraqi national elections, hold up your hand. Okay -- now how many people who held up their hands to the first question held up their hands for the second question? Few, if any, I would wager. After all, the Americans who were cheering for democracy to work in Iraqi were also cheering for Allawi to win by a landslide. Indeed, for many of us, our hopes for democracy...
  • Orson Scott Card: The War of Stories [the story that we must tell to Muslim world]

    08/17/2004 7:15:15 AM PDT · by Tolik · 53 replies · 2,011+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | August 8, 2004 | Orson Scott Card
    Orson Scott Card critically reviews 4 very different authors that try to explain our current situation, highlights some of their best points and comes with some very interesting conclusions. Orson's Observation: For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.Card's Corollary: There is no subject on which anybody knows everything. I recently read a valuable book called Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History. The back-flap bio of the author, Lee Harris, talked about how he entered Emory University at age fourteen and graduated summa cum laude. Well, I entered BYU at age sixteen and graduated...
  • Lee Harris: The War of Images (If you only read one article today, make it this one!)

    05/12/2004 10:27:18 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 18 replies · 177+ views
    It is often said that we are fighting a war of ideas. We are not. We are fighting a war of images, and right now our enemy is winning this war, while we are losing it, and losing it badly. Consider the images that have worked their way into our collective mind since the beginning of April: the images of the massacre at Fallujah; the images of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib; the images of the decapitation of an American civilian. Now compare the overwhelming intensity of these images with the "idea" that the Bush administration is invoking in order...
  • Lee Harris: Violence, Legitimacy, and the Terror War

    04/28/2004 8:33:23 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 3 replies · 135+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | April 29, 2004 | Lee Harris
    In his review of Civilization and Its Enemies in the New York Times Book Review, dated April 4, 2004, Philip Bobbitt leaves the unfortunate impression that my book advocates violence as a policy that should be single-mindedly pursued by the United States to the exclusion of all other political considerations. Let me quote the passage in full: "…the shortcomings of Harris's approach are pretty considerable…[t]he successful use of violence, rather the concord with a particular theory of justice, does indeed establish legitimacy, as Harris argues. Violence alone, however, cannot maintain legitimacy. 'The strongest man is never strong enough to be...
  • Lee Harris: Mob Mentality

    04/27/2004 8:57:02 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 11 replies · 474+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | April 28, 2004 | Lee Harris
    <p>The fate of the American mission in Iraq depends on the answer to a simple question: Who is our enemy there?</p> <p>If our enemy is made up of die-hard followers of Saddam Hussein, a handful of Brown Shirt Shi'ites, and/or imported cliques of terrorists, then it may be possible for the Bush administration to eliminate these highly specific toxic elements from the body politic of Iraq; and to eliminate them without evoking general outrage among the ordinary Iraqis whose future we are determined to make brighter.</p>
  • Forgetfulness and Denial

    04/05/2004 10:04:19 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 16 replies · 142+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | April 6, 2004 | Lee Harris
    In my book, Civilization and Its Enemies, I wrote that the West is suffering from forgetfulness. After reading and listening to some of the responses from the Right to Fallujah, I am inclined to believe that I was being an optimist in my assessment. The problem, it is beginning to appear, is not forgetfulness, but denial. It is not that we in the West have forgotten what our enemy is like; it is that we refuse to see what he is like even when it is being shown right before our eyes, as was the case with the atrocities in...
  • Lee Harris: The Lesson of Fallujah

    04/01/2004 9:31:23 PM PST · by quidnunc · 57 replies · 384+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | April 2, 2004 | Lee Harris
    The Bush administration has promised to respond to Fallujah. But how can a civilized nation such as our own respond to what had happened there this week? We cannot do to them what they did to us. They know that, and we now know it too. We cannot dismember bodies, and hang them from telephone lines. We cannot cheer and yell when men who have done nothing to hurt us are butchered like animals. We cannot do to them the things that they have done to us. We cannot pay them back in kind. Yes, we can declare our intention...
  • Lee Harris; Criticizing America

    03/31/2004 9:18:28 PM PST · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 132+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | April 1, 2004 | Lee Harris
    Among the people who have generously taken the time and trouble to comment on my book, a few of them appear to be extremely annoyed that I did not criticize America for all the things that it has done wrong — or, at least, for those enormities that are always sure to make the Top Ten list of anyone who has spent even a few hours in a college or junior college American history course. Why didn't I devote a chapter to the atrocities committed in the Philippines after the Spanish-American war — one of the sentimental favorites of the...
  • Lee Harris: The Uses of Failure

    03/28/2004 10:20:45 PM PST · by quidnunc · 9 replies · 135+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 29, 2004 | Lee Harris
    If Americans have one collective shortcoming, it is that we have no use for failure. Success alone is what counts for us; and though we are apt to applaud those who have given their best to come in at second or third place, we all tend to shrink back from complete and abject failure. That is why, whenever a President looks around for men to be by his side, to guide him and to give him counsel, he will look to those who have been successful at everything that they have put their hand to. It is one of our...
  • Europe, R.I.P.

    03/26/2004 10:48:31 AM PST · by mrustow · 46 replies · 385+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | 26 March 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    The vicious circle of weakness dominating European thought is countered by the virtuous circle of strength that George W. Bush has expressed. I am not a European. Lee Harris argued, "The world changed on Sunday," March 14, with the Spanish elections, but the real problem is that Europe failed to change. If Europe cannot rouse itself to fight back, after it has been attacked on its own soil, we may conclude that the cowardice we saw after 9-11 was not merely the expression of anti-Americanism and opportunism, but of a deeper paralysis, which is now in its terminal stage. And...
  • Lee Harris : A Modest Proposal to End the War on Terrorism

    03/24/2004 11:08:24 PM PST · by quidnunc · 32 replies · 216+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 25, 2004 | Lee Harris
    To begin with, President Bush should invite John Kerry to the White House for a confidential discussion on how to bring the world wide threat of terrorism to an end. Kerry will have no choice but to accept the invitation; and the press will be fed tips from high governmental officials that the meeting between the two men will have the profoundest historical consequence. Bush will have earlier issued a statement that, at this dangerous juncture in history, there can be no hint of a partisan divide on our nations' approach to the problem of terrorism; and that it is...
  • Lee Harris: Did We Have It Coming?

    03/23/2004 8:08:23 AM PST · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 273+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 23, 2004 | Lee Harris
    "This is the culture in which we live… The world is ruled by force. The only way we can put a permanent end to terrorism is to stop participating in it… This is the first time the guns have been pointed the other way." – Noam Chomsky, discussing the events of 9/11/01. Noam Chomsky has endorsed, however reluctantly, John Kerry. This is an endorsement from the man who, on hearing about 9/11, attempted to put it in perspective for the American people by arguing that President Clinton had murdered many times more people in his response to the Al Qaeda...
  • Spain's Surrender, and the Destiny of Europe

    03/21/2004 9:08:15 AM PST · by mrustow · 83 replies · 369+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 21 March 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    I am not a Spaniard. Somewhere, on March 12, I saw the headline, "We are All Spaniards Now." It was an allusion to the Le Monde headline from 9/12, "We are All Americans Now."As we now know, that initial French (and German) sympathy for America was short-lived. In no time flat, the Old Europe of France and Germany sought to appease Islamism, and while claiming to be our allies, to betray us at every step of the way.Not so, the Spaniards. The 1,300 troops they sent to Iraq were largely a symbolic matter, but the symbolism was powerful.After 911, when...
  • Lee Harris: Inviting the Vampire

    03/18/2004 9:22:51 PM PST · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 162+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 19, 2003 | Lee Harris
    According to legend, it is impossible for a vampire to enter your house unless you have invited him in. Last Sunday, the Spanish people invited a vampire to enter their house, and the question that now looms before them — and the rest of Europe as well — is how to get him back out. The vampire is terror — but not just the old homespun terrorism of the European past, but the radically new form of terror that came to the world's attention on 9/11, namely catastrophic terror. Once upon a time, back in the nineteenth century, terrorism was...
  • Lee Harris: Puppet States

    03/16/2004 10:49:28 PM PST · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 124+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 17, 2003 | Lee Harris
    Looking back on the stunning catastrophe of the Spanish election, the one thing that no one can say is, "If only Spain had been a democracy." Spain was a democracy — the kind of democracy that we can only dream of establishing in Iraq or in other countries of the Middle East, and yet, when given the choice between standing by civilization or giving in to the demands of its enemies, Spanish democracy did not hesitate for a moment. It rallied to the side of anti-civilization. Democracy did not save Spain. On the contrary, it was the instrument by which...
  • Lee Harris: A Greater Challenge? (The threat of catastrophic terror)

    03/12/2004 1:55:20 PM PST · by quidnunc · 12 replies · 175+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 12, 2003 | Lee Harris
    As of this writing we do not yet know who planted the bombs that killed over two hundred people in Madrid yesterday. It may have been the Basque terrorists, or it may have been Al Qaeda. Or it may have been some other agent of radical Islam. If the terrorists turn out to be Basque, then the problem is clearly Spain's, and not ours. But if it was Al Qaeda, or one of its allies or competitors, then we may be on the verge of a frightening new development — the emergence of catastrophic terror as a deliberate tool for...
  • Al Qaeda’s Fantasy Ideology

    03/12/2004 7:56:15 PM PST · by Valin · 27 replies · 212+ views
    Policy Review ^ | Lee Harris
    Al Qaeda’s Fantasy Ideology now your enemy” is a well-known maxim, but one that is difficult to observe in practice. Nor is the reason for this hard to fathom: If you are my enemy, it is unlikely that I will go very much out of my way to learn to see things from your point of view. And if this is true even in those cases where the conflict is between groups that share a common culture, how much more true will it be when there is a profound cultural and psychological chasm between the antagonists? Yet, paradoxically, this failure...
  • Lee Harris: Repressing 9-11

    03/08/2004 9:42:31 AM PST · by quidnunc · 39 replies · 419+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 8, 2004 | Lee Harris
    Last week, President Bush was attacked by members of the Democratic Party for using images of 9/11 in a campaign ad, and by the next day there was the normal political and media uproar over this burning question: Should the President be scolded for daring to use such images, or should he be defended? I do not wish to weigh in on this question because, like many burning questions being asked today, I think it is absurdly irrelevant, like the burning question whether President Bush should have worn a flight jacket while aboard a helicopter. Instead the question I want...
  • Meaning of the Unipolar Moment-if America hadn't acquired military supremacy, who might have?

    03/05/2004 5:56:08 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies · 157+ views
    TCS ^ | 03/05/2004 | LEE HARRIS
    Step back and take a long view of history, and ask yourself, If it had not happened in this way, how else could a single nation achieve overwhelming military dominance? That is to say, if America had not acquired military supremacy, who else might have? have often wished that some Hollywood mogul would put me in charge of the philosophical genre known as reality TV -- not that I mean to imply any criticism of their current level of excellence, at least not after the profound Hegelian meditations known as The Simple Life. But still I have a program or...
  • Lee Harris: The Politics of the Gang

    03/02/2004 11:13:41 AM PST · by quidnunc · 12 replies · 469+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 2, 2004 | Lee Harris
    In my book, Civilization and Its Enemies, I argue that all successful civilizations tend to forget just how difficult it was for their ancestors to rise to a civilized state. Furthermore, I argue that if the civilization is spectacularly successful, as ours has been, it even begins to nurture the collective illusion that human beings come into the world predisposed to live harmoniously together. We get along fine, and so naturally we are puzzled when others don't. What makes them butcher each other, we wonder, when in fact the real question should be, What keeps us from doing the same...
  • Our new epoch in history ... 10 minutes with philosopher/political thinker/novelist Lee Harris

    02/24/2004 11:45:52 AM PST · by Tolik · 5 replies · 150+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 02/24/2004 | Bill Steigerwald
    Lee Harris is the author of "Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History," a book that argues that the war on terror is not a clash of religions but a renewal of the nasty, aeons-old struggle between the forces of civilization and "anti-civilization." (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.) A philosopher/political thinker/novelist who defines himself as "an enlightened populist," Harris has done a lot of deep thinking and writing on the implications of 9/11 and the rise of ruthless new enemies who will never play by our rules, accept our values or be persuaded by...
  • Lee Harris: The Multilateral Mirage – Can Democrats embrace a sensible approach to foreign policy?

    02/20/2004 9:13:05 PM PST · by quidnunc · 17 replies · 254+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | February 21, 2004 | Lee Harris
    The Democratic Party is in a bind. It needs to disagree with President Bush — that, after all, is the point of having two parties. It also needs to be more liberal than Mr. Bush, since that is the only way it can preserve its traditional ideological basis. But on the question of Iraq, the question arises: Is there really a liberal alternative to Mr. Bush's Iraq policy? For the last several months the Democratic Party has tried to answer this question in the affirmative by employing two different rhetorical smokescreens: sentimental pacifism and multilateralism. Associated with the once hopeful...