This Week in the News…

Posted: January 7, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Dec. 31, Wall Street Journal

It Could Have Been the German Century

By Francis Fukuyama, a professor of public policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

“My nominee for man of the century is considerably less well known than Time Magazine’s choice, Albert Einstein, even though his actions arguably left a much greater imprint on the century. He is Alexander von Kluck, the hapless general commanding the German First Army as it swung around the French right while dashing toward Paris in September 1914… A quick German victory over France would not necessarily have made the 20th century more peaceful. The U.S. might still have allied with Britain and Russia to expel the Germans from France as they did in June 1944. On the other hand, it is perfectly plausible to imagine the German Empire, supreme on the continent but lacking Hitler’s maniacal ambition, settling in for a protracted struggle with the British Empire over colonies. The monumental revolutions and wars of the first half of our century might have been replaced by a century of relative peace and economic progress in what would have been the German, rather than the American, Century.”

Sunday, Jan. 2, Washington Post

Faster, Higher–But Same Old Beltway

By James Trefil, the Clarence J. Robinson professor of physics at George Mason University

“The Beltway at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2100, isn’t going to be much less crowded than it will be tomorrow, despite futurologists’ predictions about telecommuting. The kinds of cars, how they are powered, and the experience of being on a major divided highway all will be different, but the numbers will be remarkably similar.”

Monday, Jan. 3, U.S. News & World Report

Washington Whispers: Starr Power

“Lawyers-to-be think former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr is the cat’s meow. Starr’s last-minute course offering–‘Current Issues in Constitutional Law’–at Virginia’s George Mason University law school filled on the first day.”

Tuesday, Jan. 4, Boston Globe

A New Look at Motown, a Driving Force in Music and the Motor City

“In her scholarly, informative Dancing in the Street, Suzanne E. Smith reconsiders Motown, not just as the background music of the city’s struggles but as a component of black Detroit’s march for civil rights and social justice…. Smith, a history professor at George Mason University‚Ķ has an obvious reverence for the music; most of the book’s chapters are headed by famous song titles. The book takes its name from the soul chestnut by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and is a prime example of Smith’s thesis. When Dancing in the Street was first released in the 1960s, some heard the song for what it probably had been intended to be–a hip-shaking, let’s-get-this-party-started anthem. Others, however, interpreted it as a clarion call for black America to riot.”

Thursday, Jan. 6, Christian Science Monitor

Recalibrating the Power Balance

“‘I think enough time has passed that federalism has lost its negative connotation,’ says Todd Zywicki, a constitutional-law professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va… Mr. Zywicki of George Mason University says that states are better suited to decide controversial issues such as gun control or gay marriage. ‘If the federal government voted [on gay marriage], it would probably vote to preempt it,’ he says. But if the issue is left to the individual states to decide, there is a better chance that laws in at least some states will protect the interests of a threatened minority, he says.”

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