Magazine March 9, 2015, Issue

B.S. Degrees

“Why do you have trouble with recall? Do you have a mental disorder we should know about? #AskHillary #whitewater” (Mr Popular, @Real_Mr_Popular)
There is no such thing as ‘presidency studies’

Exhibit A in the category “Questions Nobody Is Asking”: Does Howard Dean believe that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is qualified to be president?

“Qualification” has two related but distinct senses: The first entails the satisfaction of formal requirements, e.g., the qualifications for voting include being a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age. The second sense of “qualification” means that one is in possession of certain skills or experience that suggest one can perform a given task: Howard Dean is not qualified to perform brain surgery.

This can get murky: Howard Dean is not qualified to practice medicine at all, in

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Can Israel Survive?

Jerusalem — In the weeks since the Charlie Hebdo and kosher-supermarket massacres in Paris, thousands of French Jews have contacted Israeli authorities to begin the process of aliyah, the “ascent” ...
Politics & Policy

B.S. Degrees

Exhibit A in the category “Questions Nobody Is Asking”: Does Howard Dean believe that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is qualified to be president? “Qualification” has two related but distinct senses: The ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Reform the Clean Air Act

Once every eight years comes a day perfect for hiding the most unpopular and ill-advised policy decisions. It arrives right after a second-term president’s midterm elections, when he will never ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

Happy Warrior

The Darwinian Tradition

I’ve always been interested in the application of Darwinian and ersatz-Darwinian thinking to areas outside biology proper, and back when I was merely a future grad-school dropout, I spent a ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Foucault among the Buckleyites I was delighted to see Daniel Foster quoting Michel Foucault in your pages. Despite his reputation as being the typical French intellectual who is chic, impenetrable, and ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she was not 100 percent sober during the State of the Union address. That’s okay, Madam Justice: We’re not sure the president was, either. ‐ President ...

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