Most of the subscribers to Harvard Magazine are alumni of Harvard University, a vast body of elite liberals, many of whom work for liberal causes, and some of whom, including a former president of Harvard, work or have worked in the Obama administration. Let us not forget that Obama himself is a Harvard alumnus. Yes, there are some conservatives among the Harvard alumni, which does not detract from the well-known fact that Harvard is a very liberal institution, deriving its political liberalism from its Unitarian philosophical foundation.
A plethora of books have appeared the past few years seeking to explain the economic crisis that shook the industrialized world in 2008, but few have dealt extensively with the impact of that crisis that emerged even earlier — in 2006 — in the tiny nation of Iceland. For those who have only a passing familiarity with the development of the 2008 collapse, this might not seem to be all that much of a shortcoming: To state the matter crassly, why worry about a nation with a population of a mere 300,000 citizens, when 300 million Americans were wrapped up in their own financial worries?
When you hear that a movie theater was fined $80,000 dollars for discrimination, you might wonder if it refused to hire blacks or promote women. But this wasn’t the case with the Carmike 14 cinema, in Dover, Delaware. What was its Bull Connor moment?
Matt Damon’s newest film, The Adjustment Bureau, questions the basis and validity of free will. Is man’s destiny truly in his own hands, or is his destiny in the hands of a higher power (God)? Is it one or the other — or both? The film also emphasizes the issues of sacrifice and liberty (but what is liberty — does it include trying to evade God’s plans for you?), marking it as yet another hit film to add to Damon’s lengthy roster.