Monthly Archives: June 2014

Why “The Planet of the Apes” is a Science Fiction Film for the Ages

I love The Planet of the Apes, not only for its superb writing, underscored by its pathos, subtle humor and biting social commentary, but also for its unapologetic misanthropy. The film was released during what is widely considered a watershed … Continue reading

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D-Day is George Marshall’s Day — and His Enduring Legacy

As we mark the 70th anniversary of  D-Day, one of history’s greatest and most tragic ironies deserves mentioning: the fact that George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, secretary of State and Defense, father of the Marshall Plan and a … Continue reading

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Toward a Ceremonial American Presidency

What accounts for the staying power of monarchies? Why have these old and, in the view of many people, anachronistic institutions survived into the 21st century, even in advanced western European countries? Arguably because kings and queens affirm a nation’s … Continue reading

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Communing with Robots

“Ye men, ye shall live as Gods.” Hominids developed a symbiotic relationship with technology a half million years ago – our Neanderthal cousins used cutting stones shaped to the contours of their hands. But the advent of emotional robots portends … Continue reading

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