Magazine April 4, 2011, Issue

Overreaction

(Mark Baker/AP)
A call for perspective on the Japanese nuclear crisis

Japan’s nuclear agony has proved one of two things: Either humanity was never meant to tap the power of the atom, or the long, slow climb toward a nuclear economy will be marked by the perils and setbacks that have always dogged human endeavors of similar scope and complexity. In the long run, it is likely to be the latter. If we are wise, we will learn from our mistakes, not abandon generations worth of technological progress.

“Prepare for the worst” has been the motto of nuclear engineers for almost three decades, but the earthquake and tsunami that struck the island

To Read the Full Story
William Tucker — Mr. Tucker is author of Terrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America’s Energy Odyssey.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

From TV Star to Twitter Twit

Assemble any group of entertainment-industry executives — doesn’t matter who or how many — and eventually the conversation turns to the Internet. The value of any entertainment product — television show, ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Not Enough Money

‘To economists reading this essay in 2010, perhaps the most remarkable single fact to note about monetary policy at the end of the interwar period” — the author, Columbia University ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Border Control

The makers of alien-invasion movies tend to have a low opinion of human military prowess. Sometimes the space invaders are so completely invincible that our only options are to heed ...
City Desk

Distant Harmonies

The concert hall at the museum is folded into its Egyptian wing. To reach it you must pass huge stone cats and bas-reliefs of peasants harvesting and fishing. Maimed statues ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ At least we agree: We wish he were president of China too. ‐ “Thou turnest man to destruction. . . . Thou carriest them away as with a flood.” The ...
The Bent Pin

Pagan Jane

I am just now recovering from my annual battle of the clashing outlooks. It takes place around my birthday, which, by a sardonic twist of Fate, falls in the same ...
Athwart

Ban Ki Moon and Stars

You know what we need from Hollywood? More depressing movies about trendy causes, injected with plotlines designed to make you sad about driving your car and eating meat. So says ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

LAMENT The mole was dead upon the ground; He did not move when he was poked. His coat was sleek, his body round, His life revoked. His parts seemed not to coincide: His hands were stuck ...
Happy Warrior

Earthquake Demographic

‘Why is there no looting in Japan?” wondered a headline in the Daily Telegraph. So did a lot of other folks. Various answers were posited: The Japanese are a highly civilized people ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

How Efficient Is High-Speed Rail? I am disappointed that National Review has again (in “The Week,” March 7) dismissed high-speed rail as a “niche market” item. And, although the statistics in ...

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