This Week in the News…

Posted: April 23, 2004 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, April 16, Christian Science Monitor

‘Nader Nation’– Who are These Voters?

“Some of Nader’s ‘true believers,’ as one observer calls them, have an almost nihilistic take on major-party politics. But his supporters also include some conservative Christians, one of whom calls Nader a ‘puritan patriot [whose] morals require all of us to do more for each other and the public good.’ Also among core backers: ardent internationalists and elements of the more isolationist Reform Party. ‘They don’t care about Republican or Democratic politics,’ says Michael McDonald, professor of public affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘They have a commitment to something they believe in, and they’re going to support that.'”

Friday, April 16, Charleston Gazette

Some Gun Owners Upset with Bush Activists

“They deeply oppose new airline screening procedures, which they view as violations of search-and-seizure laws, the detaining of terrorism suspects without charging them with crimes, and especially the Patriot Act, which allows law enforcement to tap phones without a search warrant in some cases. Nelson Lund, a law professor and Second Amendment expert at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., says it’s not surprising gun-rights advocates are at odds with Bush on issues involving privacy and national security. ‘People who have a strong interest in gun rights tend to be libertarian in their thinking,’ Lund said. ‘They tend to be skeptical of the government.'”

Sunday, April 18, Times-Picayune

Tied Up in Knots over the Years

“What constitutes a marriage is so fluid that many anthropologists sidestep the word altogether, preferring ‘unions’ or ‘alliances,’ said Roger Lancaster, a professor of anthropology and cultural studies at George Mason University in Virginia. Other scholars refer to same-sex unions throughout history–in cultures as varied as ancient Greece, tribal Africa and native North America–as marriages. ‘The strong conclusion that anthropologists have arrived at is that marriage isn’t a single, timeless, unchanging thing,’ Lancaster said. ‘People are inventive and creative about the ways they’ve forged ties to one another.'”

Sunday, April 18, Telegraph Newspaper

A Market in Mayhem

“Dr. Vernon Smith is one of the world’s leading economists. An academic at George Mason University in Virginia, he is a Nobel laureate. But Smith’s views, on certain subjects, are anything but mainstream. This pony-tailed 77-year-old is convinced that specialized futures markets could–and should–be used to predict terrorist attacks. ‘It may sound weird, but intellectually the idea is legitimate,’ he says. ‘Markets can collect huge amounts of diverse and hidden information. They should be harnessed to predict–and even help prevent–future atrocities.'”

Tuesday, April 20, U.S. News & World Report

Washington’s Proving Ground

“What happened next, historians say, was a revelation. Not usually a self-reflective man (he never wrote a memoir), Washington warmed to the task, dropping the stilted ‘G. W.’ at times for the first person and losing himself, for nearly 11 pages, in a vivid account of long-lost battles, agonizing wilderness retreats, and even his first and only surrender. Afterward, he was so stunned by what he’d written that he instructed his biographer to burn it all. ‘It’s not the Declaration of Independence,’ says Rosemarie Zagarri, a professor of history at George Mason University–but it is the only autobiographical account left by this most enigmatic of Founding Fathers.”

Tuesday, April 20, The New American

Why Are Gas Prices Climbing?

“Gasoline itself has become less expensive because the marketplace has dictated that the industry become more efficient. The pump price is (relatively) higher because government has also become more efficient at picking the pockets of consumers. This not to say that there are no examples of corrupt collusion by retailers to keep prices high. Economist Walter Williams of George Mason University points out that 12 states–including New York, Michigan and Wisconsin–have ‘statutory minimum gasoline prices,’ a form of ‘government-sponsored seller collusion.'”

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