Posts for July, 2013

Some Thoughts on State v. Zimmerman

July 18, 2013

When the dramatic moral and political outcry quiets, and the distortions of the legal issues and processes cease, a lawyer’s consensus on the case might look like this: —“Stand Your Ground” was always mostly a distraction. If by this colorful term we mean that there is no duty to retreat [...]

Boston Review Excerpt: Beyond Blame: Would we better off in a world without blame?

July 16, 2013

In an article published shortly before his death, the political scientist James Q. Wilson took on the large question of free will and moral responsibility: Does the fact that biology determines more of our thinking and conduct than we had previously imagined undermine the notion of free will? And does [...]

Democracy Biggest Loser of Bloodshed in Egypt

July 9, 2013

It is unclear who attacked whom or who fired the first shot. But over fifty people are dead, most of whom were supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists organizations in Egypt protesting the ouster of Mohammed Morsi from power.  Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood have called for more [...]

Comparing and Contrasting Yesterday’s Military Coup in Egypt with the Military Coup in Pakistan in 1999

July 4, 2013

In trying to assess the implications of the coup for the future of democracy in Egypt, I think that it is useful to compare and contrast this coup with Pakistan’s coup on October 12, 1999 in which General Musharaff overthrew Nawaz Sharif, the then (and now) democratically elected prime minister [...]

Weighing In: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Military’s Ouster of Mohammad Morsi

July 3, 2013

Islamist Mohammad Morsi accomplished what secular ex-Presidents Mubarak, Sadat, and Nasser dreamed of accomplishing: He managed to discredit the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political party, as an organization that could govern the country. After a year of political strife in Egypt, Morsi and his Islamist supporters demonstrated to the Egyptian [...]