This Week in the News…

Posted: September 8, 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, Sept. 1, On Wall Street

On Socialist Thought

“Today’s genetic research into our biological essence raises important questions about human nature. Just how plastic and shapeable are human beings? All the radical revolutionary movements since the 17th century, including the French and Russian revolutions and the more recent upheavals in Asia, says Francis Fukuyama, ‘were premised on the belief that human nature was plastic and shapeable through social policy.’ Fukuyama, acclaimed historian and professor of public policy at George Mason University in Virginia, postulates that scientists working to decode the human genome ‘will help settle many of the nature vs. nurture questions that have dogged philosophy since the ancient Greeks. We may not like the answers.”

Monday, Sept. 4, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Austin American-Statesman, Deseret News, Dayton Daily News

Vast Changes Over a Century of Labor Days

“‘The workplace was quite unsafe,’ said Roy Rosenzweig, a history professor at George Mason University. In the late 1800s, about 35,000 workers were killed each year in industrial accidents, Rosenzweig said. Many employers found ‘it was cheaper to let people die than to improve safety.'”

Monday, Sept. 4, National Public Radio: Talk of the Nation

Juan Williams: “On this Labor Day, we’re joined by Seymour Martin Lipset, coauthor of It Didn’t Happen Here: Why Socialism Failed in the United States. Mr. Lipset is a professor of public policy at George Mason University…. Now tell me, why is it the case that socialism failed in the United States while clearly, if you look at Italy, England, Canada, it has a place in the political spectrum?”

Lipset: “I think perhaps the most important [reason] is our cultural value system, that the United States is a country with a very strong anti-status, individualistic tradition…. The difference between the United States and other industrial countries has declined. But it hasn’t declined because we’ve got a socialist movement, which the socialists used to hope; it’s declined because the socialists in other countries are no longer socialists. In every country in Europe, not just most countries, they’ve all given up socialism. They all now support the market economy.”

Tuesday, Sept. 5, AFX News

U.S. Vote: Gore to Win in Photo-Finish

“Vice President Al Gore will defeat Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 7 in a close race, with a photo-finish, political analysts predict…. ‘It’s going to be really close, I think–one way or the other,’ said George Mason University professor Jim Pfiffner…. With 63 days to go before the vote, several factors keep Bush in contention, analysts said. ‘Bush is an attractive kind of person, he’s got a lot of personality, and people relate to him well, and Republicans really want the presidency back,’ Pfiffner said.”

Wednesday, Sept. 6, Wall Street Journal

Schools’ Spectrum Rights Promise a Bonanza, but Can They Cash In?

“Thanks to a little-known bequest, schools and universities control a huge chunk of the nation’s radio-spectrum rights…. Most of the schools’ spectrum is currently unused. Some educators worry that if they negotiate too aggressively and can’t strike deals with industry, the government may be tempted to take back most of its bequest and give it to others…. ‘We have to protect what we have because a lot of people want it,’ says Mike Kelley, who runs a wireless-cable service set up by George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.”

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