This Week in the News…

Posted: May 26, 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:

Sunday, May 21, Denver Rocky Mountain News

Boulder Combats Stigma of Mental Illness

“Groups that represent the mentally ill have advocated similar programs in other U.S. cities. But only in Boulder have as many community leaders come together to focus on mental illness, said Otto Wahl, a psychologist at George Mason University in Virginia who tracks the issue.”

Monday, May 22, Time Magazine

Will Socialism Make a Comeback?

By Francis Fukuyama, a professor of public policy at George Mason University and author of The End of History and the Last Man

“If socialism signifies a political and economic system in which the government controls a large part of the economy and redistributes wealth to produce social equality, then I think it is safe to say the likelihood of its making a comeback anytime in the next generation is close to zero. But the egalitarian political impulse to constrain the power of the wealthy in the interests of the weak and marginal remains strong and is already making a comeback…. So where will the socialist impulse lead? Perhaps if it cannot create formal instruments of power, it may invent an entirely new form of governance that might be called government by NGO, or nongovernmental organization (contradictory as this may sound)…. Government-by-NGO is a long way from anything we recognize as socialism. But the world has changed, and the requirements for effective political action are different today than they were in the 20th century. So while classical socialism may never make a comeback, the impulse underlying it is in the process of leading the world to unfamiliar forms of interaction between left and right.”

Thursday, May 25, Globe and Mail

On Ethiopia’s War: Why Two Starving Nations Fight Over Barren Ground

“‘These are two weak governments trying to define their legitimacy by defending national interests,’ said Terrence Lyons, a conflict mediation specialist at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘If they are perceived to be weak by their people, they could be vulnerable.'”

Thursday, May 25, Washington Post

Good News for Dulles, Region’s Economy: But Questions about Deal Linger

“But however the competition between National and Dulles proceeds, the United-U.S. Airways combination is a big plus for the region’s economy, said Stephen S. Fuller, a professor of public policy at George Mason University. ‘This move makes United, the world’s biggest airline, a bigger player in the Washington market, which is very good for the area. The more air traffic that can be connected in the Washington area, the more spin-off business there is.'”

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