Posts by: Kristina Kearns
Rory Stewart’s LRB article “the Irresistible Illusion,” analyzes the language current Western leaders use when speaking about Afghanistan. Then he compares it to similar speeches made by others since 1868.
Spoiler: Nothing new has been said in over 140 years.
If anything, according to Stewart, our rhetoric has gotten worse....more
In December 2008, online photos of the Simpsons characters performing sexual acts were legally deemed child pornography, prompting Columbia University professor Anne Higonnet to question why we use our limited resources on cases against pictures of children, rather than for social workers and social programs that could protect against actual sexual abuse....more