U.S. Affairs

The Question of U.S. Military Intervention

In the just-war tradition, the use of proportionate and discriminate military force derives its moral legitimacy from its capacity to advance a just political goal. The end does not justify

After the Twin Towers Attack

Those who think that Americans are permitted a certain indifference to passions and politics beyond the water’s edge might have been shaken out of their insouciance had they been driving

Substance Vs. Character

It is now less than a year until the 1988 election, and we therefore end our self-imposed silence on matters of presidential politicking with a brief reflection on the fates

Archbishop Stafforad Oim

  AMERICAN PURPOSE has not been hesitant to criticize those voices in the American religious community whose approach to “work for peace” has seemed to us deficient. It’s only fair,

Compound Ignorance

In the spring of 1986, a statistically representative sample of 8,000 American 17-year-olds enrolled in U.S. history courses was surveyed by the Department of Education on their knowledge of basic

Senator Bradley on the Chautauqua Circuit

At the end of August, Senator Bill Bradley (D-New Jersey) gave a speech to a Chautauqua, New York, conference on U.S./Soviet relations, the conference being part of the President’s U.S./Soviet

The New Left, the Old Left, and the Peace Movement

The American Peace Movement-it should go without saying-was profoundly shaped by the Vietnam-era New Left. That the New Left was, in turn, shaped by the bewilderingly rapid ideological shifts within

America and the World

The bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States affords us the opportunity to reflect on many things: the “miracle at Philadelphia” by which thirteen squabbling mini-states managed to forge

Stubborn, Those Americans

Speaking of “Amerika,” and we promise that this is absolutely the last time we’ll speak of “Amerika,” were Dr. John Mack’s worst fears realized? Did the nation’s bile rise during

On Keeping Your Head

Your editor remembers that his seventh-grade teacher, Sister George Mary, was a fanatic for memorization who required that “If” be learned by heart. Not much of that exercise in Kipling

A Question of Witness

One of the most extraordinary transformations in contemporary American public life has been the radical change in the ideological orientation of mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic church leaders as they

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