April 3, 1994 |
When he ran for his second term in the Statehouse, the governor refused to disclose his financial assets. To do such a thing, he said, would constitute "an invasion of privacy." "I have no conflict of interest whatsoever," he declared. That year, he paid not a penny in state income tax. Yet, when the governor moved to the White House more than a decade later, the press declined to rake him over the coals for his secretiveness.
December 26, 1995 |
Steven Weinberg, a liberal eighth-grade history teacher in Oakland, was surprised at the silence among conservative parents in 1991 when his school district considered adopting a progressive, K-8 textbook series that talked about "'Eurocentrism" and "ruthless" conquistadors, that devoted more pages to African and Native American cultures than George Washington and the Wright brothers. "I said to myself, 'Be happy for small favors,' " Weinberg told Todd Gitlin two years later . . .
March 22, 1987 |
The most significant thing about these two books is that they appear to be the initial offerings of a projected series devoted to inquiries into popular culture. We may, for example, look forward to similar critical studies of movies, radio, computers and other technologies of ubiquitous influence. Pantheon is to be congratulated. Such a project will lend both dignity and coherence to the study of modern media, especially if the books that follow are as rich and provocative as these two.
January 15, 2006
Re "The right divide," Opinion, Jan. 11 Todd Gitlin's questioning spirit can only do conservatives good. Among the questions they might consider are: Does the "word of God" trump the Constitution? Is faith more reliable than reason? Should abortion be a crime? Are presidents free to violate statutory law, in wartime or otherwise; and if so, are presidents also free to determine when we are, or are no longer, at war? To what extent do we have the right to inflict casualties on other peoples to enhance our security?
July 27, 2007
Re "Raider without a cause," Opinion, July 22 In his premature political obituary for Ralph Nader, Todd Gitlin claims that Democrats enlarged their tent to include leftist activists. That comes as news to many of us in that category. The touchstone for Gitlin's thesis would have to be the war in Iraq, the No. 1 issue on the minds of the American people. Democrats were elected to Congress in 2006 on the expectation that they would end the war in Iraq. They have not. MoveOn.
December 6, 1989 |
There are no plans to mark the anniversary of the rock concert at Altamont Speedway 20 years ago today--the day "free love" turned into fear and good vibes turned into violence. Many of those who went are still trying to forget the Dec. 6, 1969, concert at a wind-swept, barren, sunbaked pasture 50 miles east of San Francisco.
May 29, 1988 |
While remembered as a series of events, the 1960s were experienced much as journalist Geoffrey O'Brien portrays them here--as a state of mind. "Dream Time" isn't the first book to recall the era as a tumble of emotions as well as events. But other recent histories, such as those by Tom Hayden and Todd Gitlin, portray the movement in an unrealistically flattering light, chronicling passions and convictions of the counterculture elite--bright activist leaders--rather than the hip hoi polloi.