Idrees M. Kahloon
We admire villains and anti-heroes because of and not in spite of their evil.
Whenever army chiefs don gaudy epaulettes and oversized shades, democracy’s death is sure to follow.
President Obama’s much-anticipated speech on reforms to the runaway National Security Agency began with a bad history lesson and only got worse.
That the world has eagerly turned to papal admiration amidst a seemingly inexorable secularization also showcases the bare desire for genuine morality in the institutions that purport to purvey it.
When Tony Soprano sent his daughter to Columbia University in the famous TV show "The Sopranos", he recoiled from an additional $50,000 "donation" that the dean requested. Even the great mob boss of New Jersey considered Ivy League costs a shakedown—and that episode aired in 2001.
Figure 1: Tuition at America's most prestigious colleges have nearly doubled in since 2000, growing at roughly 4% a year.
Hypocrisy in international relations is a field as fertile as any Afghan pomegranate orchard.
A post-racial America was not inaugurated alongside Barack Obama in 2008—no matter how much you wish it so. Perhaps after viewing the unflinchingly brutal vérité of “12 Years a Slave,” it would be comforting to think of this country’s long legacy of racial oppression as a long-dead evil of centuries past.
If I may offer a modest proposal to calm the partisan clamor: It appears that the great problem of our times is that some parts of the government are too technically advanced and others are decidedly less so.
The life-as-morality-play narrative remains the dividing line between conservative and liberal economists, but has more concrete impact than an inconsequential academic debate.
Congressional Republicans are spinning—with remarkably straight faces—an alternate narrative where the shutdown is the consequence of Democratic intransigence and unwillingness to compromise.
It takes quite some chutzpah: Republicans enact (blackmail, if we are being honest) counterproductive fiscal policies that keep people out of work, then blame the people who are out of work for the country’s economic woes.
If Summers's stormy tenure at Harvard—from the Shleifer shadiness, Cornel West debacle, or HMC disaster to name a few—is any indication of his brash attitude, then it is clear to me that Yellen would be the better chair.
My president has a lot in common with my favorite meth maker.
Putin, looking at America’s fledgling authoritarian state with a wry smirk the way warm-blooded humans might swoon over bumbling babies, agreed that it was “the way a civilized society should go about fighting terrorism.”