- Philip Howard on Our Over-Lawyered Society The New York Daily News contributor focuses on the legal obstacles confronting doctors, teachers and government officials:
- The Wall Street Journal on China's Human Rights Crusader The editorial board predicts that China's Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiabo will someday be a source of national pride:
It's a point of frustration in China that despite the country's many brilliant scientists, economists, writers and philosophers, not one Chinese has won a Nobel Prize for work done in their country. That changed yesterday when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo. He is still working in China—by serving an 11-year sentence for daring to call for democracy and civil liberties. This recognition of his courage and integrity will one day be a source of pride for all Chinese.
- Maureen Dowd on The Social Network's Message The New York Times columnist explores the film's message about social status and class resentment:
It unfolds with mythic sweep, telling the most compelling story of all, the one I cover every day in politics: What happens when the powerless become powerful and the powerful become powerless?
This is a drama about quarrels over riches, social hierarchy, envy, theft and the consequence of deceit — a world upended where the vassals suddenly become lords and the lords suddenly lose their magic.
- Nick Kristof's Religion Quiz In an effort to humble people who excoriate the religion of others, The New York Times columnist, quizes his readers on the holy texts of the great religions:
The New York Times reported recently on a Pew Research Center poll in which religious people turned out to be remarkably uninformed about religion. Almost half of Catholics didn’t understand Communion. Most Protestants didn’t know that Martin Luther started the Reformation. Almost half of Jews didn’t realize Maimonides was Jewish. And atheists were among the best informed about religion.
So let me give everybody another chance. And given the uproar about Islam, I’ll focus on extremism and fundamentalism — and, as you’ll see, there’s a larger point to this quiz. Note that some questions have more than one correct choice; answers are at the end.
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