Richard T. Halvorson

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Valuing the Person

What is the political and economic value of a person? It seems a strange question to pose—how could we place

Predatory Politics

What was the greatest cause of mass death in the 20th century? It wasn’t natural disasters, disease, famine or war.

Courting Korea

If handled with a rare mix of tact and humility, the nuclear crisis spurred by Pyongyang could redeem American diplomatic

Confessions of a Skeptic

Does our culture, like many others, have an unpardonable heresy? Every culture constructs an idol unto itself, punishing heresy by

Bucking Cowboy Diplomacy

In the eyes of much of the world, Sheriff Bush has become an outlaw cowboy. With a posse of American

The Rights of the Poor

In developing nations, millions of poor migrants live illegally on untitled land, operating unregistered businesses that elude taxation. These squatters


The Odd Couple

This month the United Nations declared all African food shortages in decline—except in Zimbabwe, where a growing majority of the


Disarm Iraq's Caustic Ideology

While France, Germany and Russia call for heightened inspections as an alternative to war—aligning themselves against the United States and


A Revolutionary Faith

Between two boarded-up storefronts deep in the poor barrios of central Barcelona, I turned to enter a rotted out doorway

PSLM Brings Journalist To Speak on Poverty

As a part of the continuing controversy over workers’ wages at Harvard, the Progressive Student Labor Movement (PSLM) hosted journalist

IOP Offers New Research Grants

Today marks the first of two application deadlines for a new program available through the Institute of Politics (IOP) that

Protest Targets Course Diversity

Two dozen students, some with their mouths covered by duct tape, protested yesterday what they call a lack of ethnic


Redeeming Virtues In Schools

From Chicago high schools to rural Texas middle schools, an energized cry for school prayer now echoes from pulpits, political


Free Association in School and Society

In a recent pre-election controversy, the Harvard College Democrats (HCD) confronted a tough issue: the freedom of association. On one