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Eric M. Nelson

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No Values Tests

Perhaps not since the Puritan era has Harvard assumed such a posture of authority over the beliefs and associations of its students.

Malevolent Benevolence

I n the third book of his Confessions, Augustine offers a penetrating observation on the nature of compassion. He writes,

Beth Stewart Better Choice

The staff's endorsement conveys its confusion both as to the facts of this election and the role of the Undergraduate


Why to Vote Stewart-Cohen

D r. Henry Jones (a k a Sean Connery) had a point in "Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade" when he


Taking Nostradamus at His Word

C arl Reiner just couldn't believe that Mel Brooks was 2000 years old. In the pair's famous 1960s comedy routine,


All Hallows' Today

O n Friday night, we marked a holiday that almost always manages to pass without comment. Every kid loves Halloween,


The New Line

New Yorkers have never been more bored with politics. Love him or hate him (and indeed, most New Yorkers revel

Diverse Problems

A ristotle urges us to remember that "one swallow does not make a summer," and this is surely sage advice.

Moses and the NRA

Moses has been elected vice-president of the National Riffle Association (NRA), and his career move has significantly disrupted my peace


Whose Tiger?

"Did he smile his work to see?" -William Blake, "Tyger" People were not happy with Tiger Woods. Three weeks ago,


Looking Nature In the Face

Writing in 1807, William Wordsworth caught a glimpse of the future in the making. In one of his most celebrated


A Visiting Justice

Without terribly much fanfare, one of the dozen-or-so most powerful people in America came to Harvard this past week. The


Alive and Well

Luke Skywalker: "My uncle says he's dead." Obi-Wan Kenobi: "Oh, he's not dead; not yet." I was without a doubt


Bye, Bye O.J.

My mother, like almost every other mother alive today, still remembers exactly where she was when she heard. She was


Powerful Words

While I was making my way through yesterday's New York Times, an article on page four caught my attention. Its