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The Local/Global Conundrum

The Local/Global Conundrum

George Scialabba’s excellent collection of essays continues to provoke thought. One arena with a great deal of complexity and contradiction is local control versus centralized control. That dilemma can be extended to all sorts of things, like education, health care, the environment, the arts, the economy and so on. Where should we cede control to localities, and where should we insist on universals of one kind or another? There are arguments to be made on many sides of many issues…

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The Twilight of the Intellectuals

The Twilight of the Intellectuals

Almost finished with an excellent collection of essays by George Scialabba, entitled, What are Intellectuals Good For? It’s a close look primarily at the disappearance in our culture of what once was termed a “public intellectual.” A person so well versed in so many things, we look to them for insight on a host of subjects, from history to literature, from art to politics, from movies to music and back again. Scialabba writes about such thinkers as Dwight Macdonald, Irving…

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