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Member Since: 25th August 2010
No of Articles: 21
About Me: A recent graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, I consider myself a student of Melville and Shakespeare. Particularly, my fascination with Moby Dick has sparked a broader interest in many fields such as politics, history, science, economics, etc, since that novel deals with disparate disciplines and issues in an encyclopedic, yet accessible manner.


12th January 2011

Hitchens and the Tea Party: Know Your Enemy

My only question in relation to Christopher Hitchens’ recent Vanity Fair article about the Tea Party is, what took so long? Why haven’t you turned your guns against this dangerous and absurd movement sooner (your lone article about Beck’s rally notwithsta...

11th January 2011

Obama and the Othello Trap: Not “Easily Jealous,” and never “Perplex’d in the Extreme”

I credit Ishmael Reed for saying in Sunday’s New York Times what no one else would say during the recent uproar over Obama’s refusal to “man up” or “fight back:” if the President were to do so his enemies would lurch at the opportunity to label him an ang...

07th January 2011

Outrage and Ambivalence over the President’s Tax Deal

Is this Obama’s Bush Sr. moment? If true, is that even a good thing? In other words, is his tax deal a moment of courage or cowardice? Bold leadership or craven capitulation? I’ve tried to absorb many different perspectives, and the only clear ans...

04th January 2011

The Myth of the Free Market

John Cassidy’s article in this week’s New Yorker offers an unanswerable argument against what he calls “the myth of the free market” that flouts at common misconceptions among Americans by walking his reader through many little discussed but unavoidable h...

04th January 2011

The Next Financial Crisis?

If the latest potential financial fiasco blows up one can only shudder at the thought of what the repercussions will be. As The New York Times reports, many analysts who predicted the subprime mortgage crisis are warning of another impending meltdown, onl...

20th December 2010

The New Food Safety Bill and the Power of Targeted Fear

The Senate’s bi-partisan approval of overhauling the food safety system by granting the F.D.A. authority to implement stronger regulation, increased inspections and recall powers is great news and a testament to the persuasive powers of targeted fear. Ma...

09th December 2010

FOX News Logic Knows No Bounds, Even When It Comes to National Security

The recent uproar from the right over the T.S.A.’s tight security measures should come as no surprise, staggering as it may seem. When conservative commentators started calling Afghanistan “Obama’s Vietnam” at the very beginning of his presidency, well b...

02nd December 2010

A Rebuttal to the Charge that Climate Experts Conspire to Raise Research Money with Hyperbole

Last week, The New York Times published an article on the state of global warming science that prompted climate experts at to proclaim, “That’s how science journalism should be!” The reporter, Justin Gillis, spent months researching the m...

26th November 2010

The Republicans unveiled their plan to terminate a program that already ended on September 30.

After a hysteria-filled campaign about the dire need to cut deficits, Republicans have finally announced an initiative. As Jackie Calmes of the New York Times reports, the Republican Study Committee issued a statement last week emphasizing that “Washingt...

18th November 2010

The Good News Paradox in Obama’s America

It feels like a curse. Ordinarily, we would have no reason to be anything other than joyous about the Labor Department report released on Friday. The economy added 151,000 jobs in October, and economists are starting to see real signs of recovery and di...

16th November 2010

Indispensable Reading: The Watchers, the Rise of America’s Surveillance State

Shane Harris’s The Watchers, the Rise of America’s Surveillance State is a must-read for anyone interested in the war on terror. Harris, who has covered counterterrorism and electronic surveillance for National Journal since the 90’s, has composed a book...

11th November 2010

Health Care Disinformation and FOX News Logic

A recent Op-Ed in The New York Times offers a thorough response to the lies coming from conservatives about health care reform, and in doing so it delineates how Republicans consistently incorporate what I like to call “FOX News Logic.” To start with t...

09th November 2010

The Tea Party Does Not Really Care About the Budget Deficit

A recent New York Times article exposing the contradictory claims of the G.O.P.’s “call” for cuts is stunning, even though it reports what anyone paying attention to the news already knew. Riding the wave of populist anger at a perceived draconian govern...

05th November 2010

The Social Network: A Contemporary Citizen Kane?

Everyone seems to be saying The Social Network is the defining movie of our generation and today’s version of Citizen Kane. After reading countless articles in praise of the film I finally got around to seeing it the other day, and I can say that while it...

02nd November 2010

The Obama Tax Cuts

Can we hear a little less about how Obama is just another tax-and-spend liberal? As the New York Times reported the other day, one third of the stimulus package consisted of tax breaks worth $116 billion, covering “95% of working families.” It also provid...