December 16, 2007
Day of Empire How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - And Why They Fall By Amy Chua Doubleday / 396 pages / $27.95 With the breakup of the Soviet Union, the United States entered some select company. The superpower became a "hyperpower." Like Persia, Rome, China, Mongolia and Great Britain, the United States attained military, economic and technological pre-eminence. It projects its power - and its values, language and lifestyles - over vast areas around the globe. In Day of Empire, Amy Chua, a professor at Yale Law School, traces the rise and fall of these global hegemons.
August 16, 1991
The following is adapted from an editorial in the July 20 issue of the Economist. AMERICA has many contradictions but none greater than the fact that it was founded by puritans and yet invented tolerance.The tension between the busybodies of 1620 and the free spirits of 1776 has often marked American history: The puritan had the upper hand in Prohibition, the permissive had it in Woodstock.Like all things American, the contrast knob is turned up highest in California.San Franciscans treat homosexuals almost without prejudice, but 60 percent of Californians tell pollsters they want contraceptives forcibly implanted into drug-taking single mothers (thus simultaneously sanctioning fornication and eugenics)
October 31, 2002
Think lessons of cultural diversity and acceptance are way over a toddler's head? Think again. Barnes & Noble Booksellers and the Anti-Defamation League are co-sponsoring a "Close the Book on Hate Campaign," designed to educate young children (preschoolers to second-graders) about breaking the cycle of prejudice. Initiated after the Columbine High School tragedy, the campaign is in its third year of combating hate. This Saturday, it comes to Ellicott City's Barnes & Noble store. "We use stories to promote tolerance," Sherry L. Elswick, the store's community-relations manager, says of the event.
June 12, 1996
IF TOLERANCE is to be the leitmotif of Bob Dole's bid for the presidency, history will treat him well even if he loses in November.As he bid farewell to the Senate yesterday, his insistence on applying tolerance to the anguished issue of abortion had already gotten him in trouble.Once free of prepared handouts, with all their artful ambiguities, he gloriously offended the religious right Monday by saying his call last week for tolerance in the Republican platform would not be relegated to a vague preamble, as his handlers had hinted, but would be tied directly to the plank dealing with abortion.
September 2, 1999
Ephraim Wolfe was walking down the street in Chicago with a friend early last month when a light blue car drove by.A few minutes later, the same car drove by again and stopped. A few seconds later, Wolfe saw a flash and heard a noise."I thought it was a firecracker," the 15-year-old said. "Then my leg felt heavy. I picked it up, and there was a hole the size of a dime and blood gushing out. I realized I'd been shot."The story of Benjamin Smith, who allegedly went on a shooting spree last month against several ethnic groups, made national news.
November 24, 2007
Baltimore police are arresting fewer people than they have in years past, according to a recently released report, but almost 1,600 drug arrests in the first eight months of this year could not be prosecuted for lack of evidence. The decrease in arrests - 7,500 fewer through August compared with the corresponding period last year - provides evidence for what police officials have been saying: that they have stepped away from "zero-tolerance" policing. Jailing people for minor offenses that didn't result in criminal charges clogged the city jail and led to criticism and lawsuits.