Author Archives: Bill Moloney

Political junkies already eager for 2016 Senate races

(Centennial Fellow) The results of the 2014 elections had barely been tabulated before the Punditocracy launched into exhausting speculation about the 2016 Presidential contest.

For over three months a bemused public has been subjected to endless crystal ball gazing regarding the identity of America’s 45th President. With excruciating detail we’ve pondered profound questions like Why Mitt got in. then out? Will Jeb vacuum up the money? Will Huckebee and Christie have to lose weight? Will Hillary ever wear a dress? etc.etc. Continue reading

The happy history buff’s holiday reading list

(Boston) One of the delights of Holidays- beyond the joy of reunions with family and friends- is that by lifting us out of familiar settings and routines they provide the space to catch up on our reading.

For those enamored of well written History on substantive topics I offer the following “mini-reviews” of three books that brightened my Holidays. Continue reading

Elections 2014: A Longer Perspective

(Denver) It is often the case with elections that those races that are most visible are actually less enduring in their significance and provide less insight into the deeper forces shaping our politics than do those less noticed but far more numerous contests further down the ballot. Continue reading

Education reform’s bridge to nowhere

Sigmund Freud’s classic definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over yet always expecting different results- seems not to have registered with American education reformers who endlessly propose look-alike standards and assessments they claim will really, really work this time. Continue reading

Europe and the end of history

(Oslo) In 1992 renowned political scientist Francis Fukuyama published an iconic book entitled The End of History and the last Man which was widely interpreted to mean that with the collapse of the Soviet Union the World had reached a decisive turning point characterized by the final triumph of liberal democracy and free markets. Continue reading