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From —, he served with Dan Lowenstein as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication Election Law Journal. He is the author of more than eighty articles on election law issues, published in numerous journals including the Harvard Law Review , Stanford Law Review , and Supreme Court Review.
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Scalia delivers a withering assault on its subject. A lucid account of a wide variety of topics through the lens of judicial biography. Murphy moves case by case in an evenhanded, thoroughgoing study.
Having taught American politics, history and law for a quarter century, Murphy has written about politics and law for a general audience in several biographies of United States Supreme Court justices and a textbook on American Government. His first book, The Brandeis-Frankfurter Connection: The Secret Political Activities of Two Supreme Court Justices was a best-seller and, after a story about the book on the front page of the Sunday New York Times, it became the subject of a national debate about judicial ethics and dozens of reviews around the country, and won a Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association.
He is also the author of Wild Bill: The Legend of William O. Douglas , published by Random House in Nguyen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Vietnam War, the global Cold War, and the history of U. She received her B. Journal of World Affairs , and numerous edited volumes. Her upcoming book on the Tet Offensive will be published by Random House. Born the youngest of nine children in Saigon, she had some relatives who fought alongside the United States and others who joined the southern communist revolution.
In , her father, an ARVN soldier, and her mother, who was six months pregnant with their sixth child, witnessed the Tet Offensive firsthand from their home near the Tan Dinh Market in Saigon. At the end of the war in , her immediate family joined the throngs of refugees who fled the country and eventually resettled in the United States. Nguyen or to arrange for an appearance, please contact the agency. He has written a weekly feature for the Irish Echo , and his articles have appeared in The New York Times among others.
The City at the Heart of the American Revolution. Lincoln Paine is a maritime historian, editor, and author whose books and articles include The Sea and Civilization: An Historical Encyclopedia , and Down East: A Maritime History of Maine. Substantial endnotes and references are tucked away but easily accessed towards the end of the book, and the inclusion of vivid illustrations and literary references throughout enliven the text.
In contrast to most books on maritime history, the majority of The Sea and Civilisation covers the history of the world before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and at least as much of the narrative focuses on Asia as it does on Europe. Paine loves the sea and ships…his passion is to tell the story of the sea. History is seldom written with that kind of passion today.
It became clear to me that I must bring this great source book to the world of India. Paine has compiled an invaluable resource for salty dogs and land-lubbers alike. Bringing to bear a formidable knowledge of ships and sails, winds and currents, navigation techniques and maritime law, Lincoln Paine offers a lively tour of world history as seen from the waterline. The result is a fascinating account, full of little-known episodes and novel insights.
Both profound and amusing, this will be a standard source for decades to come. Thoroughly researched, clearly argued, eminently accessible, we have at last a responsible and persuasive explanation of the inextricable connection between the ocean and world civilization.
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I became his agent in , and we became friends over the years, until his death at 91 in I had the incredible experience not only of working with him on his later books, but also of attending the Metropolitan Opera with him several times. All in all, it was an experience I will never forget.
Remini artfully teaches us about the American past. From the convention of to the impeachment of Bill Clinton, he takes the reader on an exhilarating ride. Leuchtenburg, William Rand Kenan Jr. Remini has written a volume that will appeal alike to specialists and a wider American public.
Presenting penetrating insights into key events and illuminating portraits of powerful Speakers and prominent members, Remini gives full play to both sordid and exalted incidents, to moments of high drama as well as strife and division, while relating how members conducted themselves, precedents developed, and legislation formulated from the inauguration of a new government in through the conservative revolution so evident today. The Triumph of a Progressive.
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Founded in Based in Chicago, Illinois. The first is our "ecological conversion" - or our recognition that the Shire is worth saving. That is a kind of existential recognition of "our common home. Yet a kind of mysterious crescendo appears when the Holy Father asks us to meditate on Matthew 8: It is in the Eucharist that our common home is carried up, healed, cleansed, joined to our heavenly home towards which Christians journey.
This is why the image of the Saint is at least as powerful as the image of the Shire in this encyclical. As I've said, the pope is anti-modern enough to say that only a return to harmony between God and creatures can save us.
But what does that harmony really look like for ordinary people? Into the pope's imagined Shire walks the thirteenth century St. It's hard to overestimate how profoundly infused this encyclical is with St. Francis who turned from a secular path - quite self-destructive in its way - and by grace was converted to Christ.
The harmony with creation that is visible in St. Francis - a harmony that is universally praised and loved - is unintelligible apart from his conversion to Christ, his prayers, his participation in the Eucharist as the joining of our earthly home to God the Father in heaven. Francis Preaching to the Birds , for he repeatedly lifts up St. Francis as an exemplar, a saint who had found a way to break back into that original harmony between God and his creatures. The earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.
For believers, this becomes a question of fidelity to the Creator. Environmentalists are not anonymous Christians in this encyclical.
They see something, though, which the Church also sees from a different height. The Holy Father asks us to recognize that creation itself is not a policy battle, but our common home. To care for creation is to care for what all of us depend on for our existence. It is a genuinely pre-political common good. The vast majority of people on this planet recognize that this world has a Creator, which we call God.
This encyclical is addressed to all people of good will, but it's most basic thesis is that our turn away from God is at the root of our self-destructive path. He calls the world to conversion. Conversion to God as cause, but then conversion to Christ, who has united this whole world to himself so that we can enter into that original harmony between God and creation.
In this alone, he says, will we find survival "beyond the sun. There will be many who continue to think of Pope Francis as a progressive pope. But conservatives especially should be attracted to his argument that "our common home" is a pre-political common good on which we depend, and which should be con-served.
In this way I think Pope Francis is closer to Tolkien, and to the British conservative and conservationist philosopher Roger Scruton , whose "Green Philosophy" gets very close to the way magisterial teaching on ecology and conservation has been moving.
The pope's solutions are not about expanding government, but about expanding every human person, with a proper account of subsidiarity making the family the basic cell, the fundamental unit of creation care. The pope's vision is very much of the Shire.
But what he is really calling us to become is saints! It is unusual for a papal encyclical to be denounced long before it is published. In the days and weeks leading up to the release of Laudato Si' , conservative critics blasted Pope Francis as a deluded megalomaniac, a dupe of the radical left, even as "the most dangerous person on earth.
No doubt, these blasts are part of a package deal that aims to discredit whatever Francis might say. If the pope is a dangerous fool, then everything he says is foolish. Other critics have been less aggressive and hostile, though nonetheless equally dismissive. According to these folks, the pope is a religious figure.
He should stick to matters of faith and morals, and leave science to the scientists and political matters whatever those are to the politicians. The goal of these critics is to make sure that the pope's influence is minimized as much as possible by sequestering him to the private spaces of, say, the bedroom, or the pious spaces of a church building.
When James Inhofe says, "The pope ought to stay with his job," he is voicing one variation on the sentiment that religious leaders serve the increasingly quaint and practically irrelevant role of moral or religious decoration. Why are these people so afraid of Francis and so threatened by this encyclical? Why does he need to be silenced before he has spoken? The short answer is that in this encyclical and in other pronouncements Pope Francis is challenging the way some people think about politics.
More specifically, he is asking fundamental questions about who controls and influences the political process, whose point of view gets maximum representation at the negotiating table, and what goals or ends the political process should be serving.
Francis is a threat to the status quo , and those who are benefitting politically and financially from it are terrified at the prospect of losing their position. The day the encyclical was released I had to get up early to give an interview.
The first question the reporter asked was: According to the standard mantra, a growth economy is good for everyone.
As the waters rise, everybody's boat rises along with it: Throughout Laudato Si' , Pope Francis writes from the perspective of the world's poor. In doing so, he is signaling that it is time for us to stop thinking about political and economic matters from the perspective of the world's wealthy elites. Most basically because these elites do not live with the destructive effects of what they are doing.
Many of them have little or no idea about the damage and the horror their decisions cause. They do not live in the places of desolation created by their policies, and so cannot imagine that the methods and aims of the dominant economy need be radically rethought. Francis is not being hyperbolic or hysterical when he says we are living in a "throwaway culture" that is systematically destroying the world's lands and waters and their many creaturely inhabitants , and actively degrading the lives of millions of poor workers and their families.
He is being honest. He is revealing what our leaders want to hide. And he is calling politicians and economists to be truthful in their accounting of the benefits and costs associated with their policies.
Francis is happy to celebrate the benefits. But he does not hesitate to denounce as unacceptable - and as sinful! The alliance between the economy and technology ends up sidelining anything unrelated to its immediate interests. One of the most striking things about Laudato Si' is that Francis is saying the days are over when we could consider policy primarily from the point of view of the powerful.
All people, especially the world's poor, need to have an equal voice at the table of political deliberation. Because these are the people who bear the painful brunt of the decisions that are made. The poor, for instance, need to be at the table when planners and policy makers discuss something like the design of a city simply because it is the poor who have to live there.
Each person, no matter how wealthy or influential they are, deserves a life in which they can fully realize the potential God has given them. That's being decent and humane. Equally significant is the fact that Francis is saying that the earth's creatures need representation too. Someone needs to be speaking up for them because they are being degraded and destroyed daily.
The days of anthropocentrism are over. It is time to accept and affirm that every creature is the material expression of God's love, and so deserves to be cherished and celebrated. God cares about people, for sure. But God also cares about soil, earthworms, bees, chickens, forests, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. The world forms a created whole in which each creature depends on all the others.
It is heresy to think that God would ever condone the destruction of what God daily loves into being. It is also short-sighted and stupid to destroy the things you need. For too long people have thought that humanity exists in a bubble that floats above planet Earth and its ecosystem processes. People have presumed that the earth is an inexhaustible store, or a massive stockpile of "natural resources" simply waiting to be mined and consumed by us. This is a fundamental delusion because it presumes that people are exempt from the realities of the carbon cycle, plant and animal physiology, and meteorological processes.
Every time we eat, drink and breathe, we prove that our relation to the earth is not tangential or optional. Nor is it to be taken for granted. It is time for our politicians and business leaders to understand this, repent of their negligence and belligerence, and then to imagine and implement a cleaner, more healthy, more beautiful world. It is not going to be easy. But Laudato Si' is an excellent guide that can help them on their way. Pope Francis did not speak lightly when he said that protecting God's creation is a service that "the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out.
While the encyclical's message will require careful study to appreciate its theological nuances, what is striking from the opening words is the hard-hitting and fervent tone of the language calling on us to change our ways and our social structures to protect the creation:. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.
Laudato Si' proclaims a theme Francis has stressed in previous public utterances, that exploitative attitudes to the natural environment reflect and spill over into exploitative attitudes towards human beings. Social relationships, the essence of our humanity, are destabilised when the environment is destroyed. The reason is simple: In words with powerful theological resonance, Pope Francis declares:.
This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she 'groans in travail' Rom 8: The clamour incited by the encyclical will echo around the capitals of the North, yet Francis's first concern seems to be to send a message of solidarity and compassion to the vulnerable of the South.
While drawing authority from previous encyclicals concerned with the environment - Centesimus annus by John Paul II in , and Caritas in Veritate by Benedict XVI in - Francis has gone much further, not only with the sternness of his language, but also because Laudato Si' appears at a time of enormous political and world importance. Francis is acutely aware of the political meaning of what he is doing. In September he is expected to take his ecological message into the belly of the beast - the Republican-dominated United States Congress.
Francis is a social radical in keeping with Catholic Social Teaching, but seriously out of step with Catholic conservatives in the United States and Australia. His close linking of the destruction of nature to modern capitalism's rampant environmental exploitation and mindless consumerism rings alarm bells.
We know how unsustainable is the behaviour of those who constantly consume and destroy, while others are not yet able to live in a way worthy of their human dignity. So it is not only the big polluters, the system itself is in the papal cross hairs. It is little wonder that climate deniers who identify as Catholic have awaited Laudato Si' with dread. The encyclical will form the basis of what is taught from tens of thousands of pulpits and in tens of thousands of schools.
Already in the United States, bishops are making plans to amplify the papal message, perhaps by taking up his prayer that the rich and powerful be enlightened so that "may avoid the sin of indifference.
Denier countermoves have been ham-fisted. Republican presidential contender and conservative Catholic Rick Santorum made the perplexing declaration that since the Church had been wrong about science in the past, it should "leave science to the scientists" - as if the first aim of the denial movement had not been to take science away from the scientists. The church should stick to theology and morality, he said, forgetting that every theological and moral position must be based on some understanding of the world.
And there is no comfort for those like Santorum when Francis does make theological pronouncements on human domination of the Earth: The encyclical will not change the minds of many deniers, Catholic or otherwise, for their minds are closed. I once pressed Nick Minchin what it would take for him to change his mind; he could not answer the question. However, and this is what most worries leading deniers, it may well galvanise into action the multitudes of Catholics who do not reject the warnings of climate scientists but do not take them very seriously either.
Even more alarming for conservatives, the pope is an internationalist who now proposes a "true world political authority" to play a strong role in economic regulation and climate policy. Francis is, of course, entirely sincere in his concerns, yet it cannot pass without noting that his strong stance on climate change will in the eyes of liberals do a great deal to redeem the Church's reputation, deeply stained by the Church's collaboration in the widespread sexual abuse of children, a crime seen by many as almost unforgiveable.
In Laudato Si' , Francis manages to unite both the sophisticated understanding of climate science embodied in the Pontifical Academy of Science and a prophetic tradition rooted in biblical exegesis. When the two come together, we really should be afraid: We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth.
The pontiff develops the scientific-theological theme further. The earth was here before us and it has been given to us"; yet with our "tyrannical anthropocentrism" we are destroying it. There can be no greater sin for humankind than the destruction of God's gift.