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We are all Losers

We are all Losers By Milton J. Bennett The losers in the current US presidential travesty are not just those of us who voted against a bigoted ignoramus, nor are they just the misguided people ...
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Darwin on Trump: Size Does Matter

Darwin on Trump: Size Does Matter By Milton J. Bennett Size matters, but it doesn’t make you superior. I’m talking about finch beaks, of course. In the last political campaign we heard a lot about ...
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President Trump and the Insufficiency of Love

President Trump and the Insufficiency of Love By Milton J. Bennett Since the electoral decision of 11/9 (the world will never be the same), John Lennon’s “Love is All you Need” has been looping in ...
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President Trump and the Irony of American Exceptionalism

President Trump and the Irony of American Exceptionalism By Milton J Bennett As a US American who spends a lot of time in Europe, I have apparently picked up a tendency to appreciate irony. So ...
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A Clash of Paradigms

A Clash of Paradigms By Milton J. Bennett The extremist Islamic State is positioning itself against the rest of the world. Since much of that world is Islamic, Huntington's "clash of civilizations" is more clearly ...
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Tolerance Is Not Good Enough

Tolerance Is Not Good Enough by Milton J. Bennett Recent events in France show the limitations of tolerance, and we interculturalists could be suggesting some more respectful and ethical responses to this tragedy. Paradoxically, tolerance ...
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Culture is not like Personality

Culture is not like Personality by Milton J. Bennett To paraphrase H.L.Menken, For every question there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. The question "what is culture?" is particularly conducive to producing ...
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The Mismeasure of Intercultural Competence

The Mismeasure of Intercultural Competence By Milton J. Bennett In his excellent book, The Mismeasure of Man, biologist and science historian Stephen Jay Gould points out the fallacy of assuming that "intelligence" is a measurable ...
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Culture is not like an iceberg

Culture is not like an iceberg By Milton J. Bennett With all due respect to theoreticians who continue to use the iceberg metaphor to describe culture, I think it's time to retire the image altogether ...
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