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James R. Brett, Ph.D. taught Russian History before (and during) a long stint as an academic administrator in faculty research administration. His academic interests are the modern period of Russian History since Peter the Great, Chinese History, the history of science, and the history of ideas, including psychology and consciousness studies. He is retired and living on the Left Coast.
SHARE Monday, May 10, 2010 "The Low Road is Bumper to Bumper"
Social criticism is a tradition in America, says James Carroll, and he is correct, but what comes of it all. Aren't we basically deaf to the essential problem?
SHARE Monday, May 3, 2010 Net Neutrality in Trouble
Net Neutrality is ESSENTIAL in a democracy increasingly involved and dependent on fairness on the internet. The FCC must regulate internet service providers.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, April 16, 2010 Indulgence! No!
New Yorker Magazine's Hendrick Hertzberg gives Pope Benedict's Church a virtual pass. Since when are medieval indulgences a greater evil than raping children!
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 11, 2010 Forging a Green Economy
Global warming and the attendant climate change is the greatest challenge we face as a species, not because of the probably dire consequences, but because of who we are.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Hot Seething Anger
Satisfied human beings dislike (even hate) change. Progress is a dirty word to the self-satisfied. For the rest of us Change is necessary for our lives. For others Change requires reconsidering an entire world view. It is painful and that is what we are experiencing now--their pain.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 17, 2010 China's Motivations
China's monetary policy is not helping the rest of the world emerge from the Great Recession, but it is helping them bootstrap. The question is whether it is precedent for an aggressive China when they become #1.
SHARE Sunday, March 7, 2010 High Hopes Strangled in Their Cradle
The etiology of malfunctioning politics is very likely an "emergent property," one which emanates from the essential parts working (or actually not working) together effectively.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 6, 2010 The Problem in Virginia
Radical reactionaries have Richmond and threaten higher education in Virginia.
SHARE Tuesday, March 2, 2010 The Problem in the White House
Smell the smoke! There is a fire under Rahm Emanuel and it is about time. With luck we can rid ourselves of this carbuncle on the Presidency.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2010 Playing Games While the Planet Warms and Climates Change
Disputing facts about global warming is gaming the ignorance of the public. It would not matter, if after the damage is done we who survive could rid ourselves of those who deny the truth. The problem is one of leadership and that is sorely lacking.
SHARE Wednesday, February 24, 2010 The "God Gap"?
Religious tolerance is our creed. We respect all religions, but we do not proclaim one above others. That is the American way. Make sure the zealots do not get traction on this issue.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, February 22, 2010 "Starve the Beast"
Paul Krugman does a good job of pinning the GOP slogan to the wall. Now we need to understand the reasons for it ... and it is not all because they don't trust bureaucrats.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 13, 2010 A Fatal Flaw
Charles M. Blow nails the Obama problem. The question is whether Obama has the guts to change.
SHARE Thursday, February 11, 2010 The Slow Motion Implosion of the EU
Ominous rumblings from the southern tier in Europe are visibly on Germany's plate and silently on ours. In the Navy we would say "stand by for heavy rolls."
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, February 8, 2010 The Internet: Powerful, Yet Fragile
The importance of the Internet cannot be overstated, but the motives for governments and net citizens do not necessarily coincide.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, January 25, 2010 How China Thinks
Sergei Brin, Larry Page, and Hillary Clinton have turned a corner in the progress of the global culture we are constructing. China's leaders will be left behind. The very forces of history that have humbled China will free her finally. We call it the Internet.