Two Faces of Globalization

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In Essence

James Madison's politics may have been more consistent than many critics have suggested.

Congress's popularity seems to depend less on public involvement in the political process than on the morality of the representatives.

Surprisingly, more than half the government agencies created since 1946 have ceased to exist.

The 1991 Persian Gulf War demonstrated that the U.S. Army is in urgent need of reform. So why hasn't it happened?

Strategic planning is a staple of corporations. So why does it often fail?

The Torah and the Talmud do not receive the credit they deserve as the source of much early thinking on liberalism.

Despite some remaining obstacles, wind power finally seems poised to come into its own.

W. C. Fields spent his entire show business career, from stage to screen, perfecting his role of consummate con man.

THE SOURCE: "Why Dickens Wrote A Christmas Carol" by Michael Timko, in Current, March–April 2002.

"Murder Mystery" by John Buntin, in Governing (June 2002), 1100 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Ste. 1300, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Book Reviews

VIDA CLANDESTINA: My Life in the Cuban Revolution. By Enrique Oltuski. Wiley. 276 pp. $24.95

INSIDE THE CUBAN REVOLUTION: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground. By Julia E. Sweig. Harvard Univ. Press. 302 pp. $29.95


A struggle is under way for the soul of Berlin.

John Hooper

With the debate about globalization focused on economics and politics, Amy Chua raised an alarm in our Autumn 2002 issue about the dangerous escalation of ethnic tensions in many countries caused by the triumph of free-market democracy. Chua later wrote Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011).

Amy Chua

Belva Lockwood's campaign for the presidency in 1884 may have been quixotic, but it was historic, too, and as spirited and principled as the candidate herself.

Jill Norgren

The united Germany has lived up neither to its own hopes nor to the fears and expectations of its neighbors.

Martin Walker

Gaddis was a great American novelist, who failed to attract a great American audience. Perhaps that's to his credit.

Paul Maliszewski

A century ago, the German thinker Georg Simmel (1858–1918) wrote a brilliant and nuanced book on the tradeoffs of life in a market society. If he had called it Capitalism and Its Discontents, Simmel might be famous today. As it is, The Philosophy of Money sharply illuminates many of the perplexities of capitalist life at the dawn of the 21st century.

Jerry Z. Muller

On one thing the whole world seems to agree: Globalization is homogenizing cultures. At least a lot of countries are acting as if that’s the case.

Tyler Cowen