The Brighter Side of Globalization

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I’m an amateur jazz drummer.Last night, as I was surfing my favorite drumming site, drummerworld.com, I came upon the most astounding video. Four very young Japanese women all dressed in punk-chic attire playing the most powerfully virtuosic and soulful jazz I’d heard in a long time:Seeing this video really got me thinking about how much the world is really changing. Let me see . . .The most popular rapper in the world right now is South Korean superstar PSY, whose hit “Gangnam St … [Read more...]

The World is Getting Worse (and Other Lies)

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Like millions of other Americans over Thanksgiving weekend, I went to see Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, Lincoln.  I was mesmerized by Daniel Day-Lewis’s portrayal of the great statesman. I was also deeply moved by the thrilling depiction of the moral awakening at the film’s climax, in which the 13th Amendment for the abolition of slavery was passed by the House of Representatives. But there was something else about the film that struck me even more. And that was a … [Read more...]


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