At First Glance  

The intellectual is a modern phenomenon. I do not mean that there was no intellectual work before the modern era; rather, in other times intellectual work was not undertaken so self-consciously or as a task justifying one’s existence. Now it …



Crime and the Culture of Business  

Earlier this year the morality of American business again became a hot public issue as one scandal after another hit the headlines. “Old-line manufacturers exposed cheating the Pentagon. Venerable banks caught laundering money. A securities firm found fraudulently kiting checks. …



The Bernhard Goetz Scandal  

When Bernhard Goetz was approached on a New York subway by four young black men demanding $5, he drew a revolver and fired all its dum-dum bullets at them. Two were hit in the back; one remains paralyzed and comatose …



At First Glance  

A specter is haunting American capitalism—the specter of unrestrained greed. So it appears from a story by Anne Crittenden in the New York Times (August 19, 1984). She reports the fears expressed by many academic and business luminaries ranging from …





At First Glance  

“Knee-jerk liberalism”—a term not heard much these days—was once used by conservatives to deride the supposed automatic nature of liberal responses to social and political issues. Conservatives conveniently forgot that one function of any set of beliefs is to create …



Crime and the Culture of Incivility  

From field notes on city life: A woman is seriously injured by a mugger who follows her to an apartment door and snatches her purse. A couple out for an evening returns to find the apartment burglarized. A 13-year-old car, …







A Contrast of Two Societies  

SOVIET AND AMERICAN SOCIETY: A COMPARISON, by Paul Hollander. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (Phoenix Edition). 476 pp. $7.95. Originally published by one university press in 1973, Paul Hollander’s work is now reissued in paperback by another. The publishing business …



Informers and Other Villains  

Nations annually celebrate historic victories over past injustices and remember other historic events they do not celebrate. These are the recurrent nightmares that follow victories over tyranny and unjust social orders; those periods in which freedom must be defended but …