Daniel Bell

first_imgDaniel Bell, a sociologist whose analysis of the end of ideology, post-industrial society, and the cultural contradictions of capitalism shaped the perspectives of a generation of intellectuals and political leaders, was a professor at Harvard from 1969 to 1990. Until his death, he remained the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, and took a lively part in Cambridge intellectual life.Bell became an academic late in life, following a distinguished career as a serious journalist, editor, and public intellectual. He was a voracious reader with an amazing breadth of knowledge, covering Marxism, European intellectual history, Jewish studies, the labor movement, literary criticism, higher education, and culture as well as the classic works of sociology. From 1948 to 1959 he was labor editor of Fortune magazine. He was earlier managing editor of the socialist weekly the New Leader and editor of Common Sense. With Irving Kristol he founded and edited for some years the quarterly the Public Interest.Bell was born on New York City’s Lower East Side, then an enormous concentration of poor Jewish immigrants. He lost his father at eight months. His mother tried to eke out a living as a garment worker. As a teenager Bell pushed racks of clothing along Seventh Avenue from the sewing contractors to the manufacturer’s showrooms. He studied at Stuyvesant High School, a public school for bright students who passed entrance examinations, and the City College of New York, one of the very few American institutions of higher education that did not charge tuition. In the 1930s City College was a center of intellectual debate where Bell honed his skills as an articulate advocate, deadly serious but with a touch of humor, in debates about fundamental social issues ranging from the depression, class struggle, war, and politics. Among the many intellectuals who graduated from City College in his day were Seymour Martin Lipset and Nathan Glazer, who later became sociology colleagues at Harvard.At 13 Bell became an active socialist, and shortly after graduating from City College in his early twenties he became managing editor of the New Leader, which was fiercely opposed to Communism. Bell became a central figure in New York’s intellectual life, wrote widely for various publications, and became active in the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an international organization devoted to fighting Communist influence in the arts and cultural life. It sponsored journals open to a wide range of non-Communist opinion and criticism, including Der Monat (in German) and Encounter (in London), both founded by City College classmates of Bell, Irving Kristol, and Melvin Lasky.In The End of Ideology, a collection of essays and papers published in 1960, Bell argued that major ideological conflict was at an end in the wake of the collapse of Fascism and the intellectual emptiness of contemporary Communism and Marxism, and that political life in the future would be defined more by conflict over the bounds of a social democratic service state than by major ideological controversy. The thesis was sharply disputed, but Bell defended his position in many subsequent editions of the book, the most recent published in the year 2000, by which time his thesis appeared even more prescient.In 1959 Bell became a professor of sociology at Columbia University, and only in the following year was he granted his Ph.D. there. While at Columbia he wrote Reforming of General Education (1968), which was commissioned by Dean Jacques Barzun as an overall guide to the aims of a university in providing a liberal education. The student disorders at Columbia in 1968 had raised for him, as for others, a serious conflict between his attachment to the radicalism of his youth and his respect for the university as a major institution. He was invited to Harvard through an initiative begun by Dean McGeorge Bundy to bring to Harvard broad intellectuals, including David Riesman and Erik Erickson, who were concerned with society far beyond the range of single disciplines.At Harvard he published the two major works for which he is best known: The Coming of Post- Industrial Society (1973) and The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (1976). These two books define some of the major tendencies of our times: the rise of information- and service-based societies succeeding the age of industrial mass production, and a distinctive contemporary crisis of capitalist society as its driving motivations stimulate the creation and expansion of a culture that undermines its moral basis. These books, like his others, have often been reprinted with additional introductions and epilogues dealing with subsequent events.In the 1970s Bell was defined as a “neo-conservative” along with Kristol, Daniel P. Moynihan, Nathan Glazer, and others connected with the journal the Public Interest, which was then raising some cautions over the unanticipated consequences of the large social programs of the 1960s that had brought the United States closer to the welfare states of Europe. But Bell resisted the label; as he often said and wrote, he was a socialist in economics, a liberal in politics, and a conservative in culture.Bell received honorary degrees from Harvard and 17 other universities. In 1999 Bell was given the Tocqueville Prize (the second American sociologist, after David Riesman, to receive it). He received the Talcott Parsons Prize for the Social Sciences from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association in 1992, but Bell was no typical American sociologist. He did not participate in its strong positivist drift. As the obituarist of the Boston Globe wrote, “[Bell] was a proud anachronism: displaying a rare intellectual ambition, assimilative power, and range of interests.”Bell wrote and edited many other books including Marxian Socialism in the United States (1952), The New American Right (1955), and Toward the Year 2000 (1968).Bell left behind his wife, Pearl Kazin, a literary critic, a daughter, Jordy, who before retirement was an academic administrator, and a son, David, one of the leading American historians of France and a professor at Princeton University.Respectfully submitted,Nathan GlazerEzra VogelOrlando Patterson, Chairlast_img read more

22 cops, 4 jail officers monitored for ‘drug links’

first_img“Based in our records, these police officers and jail officers are drugprotectors, but we have yet to prove their involvement,” said Tablate. He said they are still conducting an in-depth investigation andvalidation to rid the service of these scalawags. “There are law enforces in the region linked to illegal drugs,especially police and jail officers,” PDEA-6 director Alex Tablate said. But hedid not identify them.     ILOILO City – At least 22 police personnel and four jail officers ofthe Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Western Visayas are underinvestigation and surveillance for alleged involvement in narcotics and otherillegal activities, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA)-6. Tablate, however, admitted it was hard to pin them down. “They are notpersonally selling illegal drugs and they are only protecting them,” heexplained. For his part, BJMP-6 deputy director for administration JailSuperintendent Gilbert Peremne said he has to consult his intelligence officersto verify the identity of the four narco-jail officers. “I have to meet my intelligence officers and the PDEA to know who arethese personnel because we are conducting non-stop drug clearing operation onjail and drug test to all personnel likewise to inmates,” Peremne said.     Some of them, according to the PDEA-6 director, have been in the listsince 2018 and some are new “protectors.” “But, if there’s an evidence against them, then we have to conduct anoperation in order for them to be put in prison because they are supposed tospearhead the campaign against illegal drugs,” Tablate stressed.    He added that these active uniformed personnel are allegedly benefitingfrom the illegal drug trade.    “We are not tolerating this kind of illegal activity and if proven thatthey are guilty, they will face dismissal from service because this is acapital offense,” added Peremne./PNlast_img read more

44 Texas spring breakers have tested positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe Austin Public Health Department announced the start of an investigation on a number of new COVID-19 cases involving a group of people in their 20s who traveled to Mexico for spring break after being advised by the CDC to postpone all non-essential travel.According to the Health Department, a group of 70 spring breakers took off to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as part of a spring break trip nearly 2 weeks ago. As of Thursday, 44 of those who returned from the spring break trip have tested positive for COVID-19. Those who tested positive are under isolation.Officials contacted those who have not been tested.last_img

Saunton to host record breaking championship

first_img31 May 2017 Saunton to host record breaking championship Next week’s English senior men’s open championship at Saunton, Devon, is a record breaking success – and that’s before a ball has been struck. It attracted entries from 439 players – almost 80 more than ever before – who were hoping to make it into the field of 288 competitors. Players with handicaps of 4.5 and better claimed places in the championship – another record for the championship. The cut has never before been so low and over the last three years it’s been 5.5. The successful players, who include defending champion Richard Latham of Woodhall Spa, will start their challenge in the three-day 54-hole strokeplay event on Wednesday, 7 June.  Toby Thorne, England Golf’s Deputy Championship Director, commented: “This is always one of our most popular championships but this year’s entry has been amazing. The prospect of playing both of Saunton’s championship courses has clearly been a great draw and we’re looking forward to some excellent golf and great competition.” Russell Mayne, Saunton’s General Manager, added: “To have two quality courses on the same site, offering 36 holes of championship golf, is a massive attraction.” The East course is the older, longer course and has hosted most championships. But the West is right up there with it and has recently benefited from a winter work project, focussing on nine holes, which added length, new bunkers and reshaped surrounds. Together the courses call for the complete range of golfing skills. But, as Russell points out: “Everything depends on the weather. It’s the wind, the direction and the strength, which really dictate how low the scoring will be.” The club members are looking forward to the event with many signing up to volunteer during the week. They’ll also be following the progress of their fellow member Paul Vicary, who is one of almost 20 Devon golfers in the field. Vicary plays for Devon seniors and will be joined in the championship by six other members of the team which reached the final of last year’s English Senior County Championship. They are Tim Aggett (Torquay), Tony Allsopp (Tiverton), Phil Lyons (Churston), Paul Marels (Dartmouth), Rick Pillow (Exeter) and Richard Ward (Dainton Park). Click here for more information Caption: Defending champion Richard Latham (image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Elton John

first_imgFacebook284Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Elton John! He is an adorable, 4-year-old, 9-pound Long Hair Chihuahua charmer who is social but also enjoys the security of an open-door crate for naps. Elton John is a beautiful boy who has soft fur, and amazing eyebrows!   If you carry EJ around, he will show his trust by hanging onto your arm.  He is looking for his loving forever home, and if you are interested and want to play, let’s see if we can make beautiful music together!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Elton John in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Cross-Laminated Timber Condos Planned in Portland

first_imgA Portland, Oregon, architectural firm is planning an eight-story condo building that would become the tallest structure in the country to be built with cross-laminated timber (CLT), an alternative to conventional steel-and-concrete construction.The building, called Carbon 12, was designed by PATH Architecture and recently won a $45,000 grant from Oregon BEST and the newly formed National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design. The grant will help with acoustic and moisture testing.CLT is an emerging technology in which panels up to 10 feet tall, 60 feet long and 18 inches thick are made by gluing dimensional lumber together in perpendicular layers. Panels can be used for walls, floors and roofs. Proponents say the panels are an untapped resource of green building because they make use of short pieces of lumber and, unlike steel and concrete, sequester carbon.The material has proved popular in Europe, Oregon BEST said, but U.S. architects and builders have been stymied by requirements for added documentation, unusual modeling requirements and building code hurdles. And the panels are hard to get — an Oregon company, D.R. Johnson, is apparently the country’s only producer of panels certified for structural applications, at least so far. RELATED ARTICLES Can Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers?CrossLam Cross Laminated TimberX-LAM Cross-Laminated Timber Carbon 12 will top U.S. height records, but an 18-story CTL building is underway in Vancouver, Canada and should be completed next year.last_img read more

Latest death of BJP worker in Purulia a suicide case Police

first_imgKolkata: The man found hanging from an electricity tower in Purulia had committed suicide as per the post-mortem examination, police said on Sunday as life was hit in the area due to the 12-hour strike called by the BJP to protest against the alleged murder of its party workers. Soon after taking charge on Sunday morning, the new Superintendent of Police of Purulia district, Akash Magharia, said: “There was a death of a person at Dava village in Balarampur on Saturday. He was found mysteriously hanging from a tower of high tension wire. We had initiated an unnatural death case and the body was sent for an autopsy that was carried out by a board of five doctors. We have received the report. The board of doctors has clearly stated in the report that the death was due to asphyxia due to hanging and suicidal in nature.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith the police getting the opinion of the board of doctors, they have become sure that Dulal had committed suicide and there was no foul play behind it as claimed by BJP.Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of the Trinamool Congress, said: “The autopsy report showed that it was a suicide. It shows that such controversy over it was created just to malign the state government.”It may be mentioned that Dulal had left home on Friday evening and went missing since then. His motorbike was found on Friday night itself. But his body was found hanging on Saturday morning. Locals had agitated and the police had to chase them away by raising their lathis to ensure that the law and order situation remained in order. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe BJP had called a strike in Balarampur on Sunday. But people went out for their work as usual without caring much. There were allegations of threats to the local residents asking them not to come out of their houses and to keep shops shut. Starting from women to middle-aged men, all went out of their houses without paying any heed to the warnings. There were sufficient state-run buses and it helped to ensure a normal day in Balarampur. However, there was police patrolling in sensitive places to avoid any untoward incident that might occur once again leading to deterioration of the law and order situation.The police are also maintaining a strict vigil in the district so that no attempts to disturb peace can be achieved.last_img read more