Nat Hentoff, 1925–2016
“His views often riled many of his fellow humanists.”
Obituary: Tibor R. Machan
Machan will be most remembered for his role in publishing the libertarian magazine Reason and the establishment of the Reason Foundation.
Books in Brief
Brief reviews from Free Inquiry Vol. 36, No. 4.
Immigration Limits: Less and Less Politically Incorrect
A review of How Many Is Too Many? The Progressive Argument for Reducing Immigration into the United States, by Philip Cafaro.
Books in Brief
Brief book reviews from the February/March 2015 issue of Free Inquiry.
Gerald A. Larue, Humanist Laureate, 1916–2014
Gerald A. Larue, a senior editor of Free Inquiry and a Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism (a program of the Council for Secular Humanism), died September 17, 2014, at the age of ninety-eight.
Margherita Hack (1922–2013)
Margherita Hack, a leading astrophysicist and political activist in Italy, died at age ninety-one in June 2013.
Why Not a Mormon for President?
Could I Vote for a Mormon for President? An Election-Year Guide to Mitt Romney’s Religion, by Ryan T. Cragun and Rick Phillips (Washington, D.C.: Strange Violin Editions, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9837484-5-8) 132 pp. Paperback, $12.95. Before this review can proceed, we must accept two assumptions: an avowed secularist has no chance of becoming president in this …
Irving Louis Horowitz (1929–2012)
One cannot discuss modern sociology without understanding the contributions of Irving Louis Horowitz. One of his best-known accomplishments is the system he created for measuring quality of life in societies by comparing a state’s aggressiveness toward its citizens in terms of rates of imprisonment and more-violent actions such as executions as opposed to the civil …
Goodbye to a Fine, Fierce Friend
Christopher Hitchens first appeared in the pages of Free Inquiry in Fall 1996 as the subject of an interview—rather lengthy at six pages—that focused on his investigation of Mother Teresa, that icon of religious sacrifice. His book The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (Verso) had come out the year before. His goal …
When Crisis Is Chronic
At what point does an illness go from being a challenge in one’s life to becoming one’s life? The progress of the transformation is so gradual, the change so nearly imperceptible, that one barely has time to realize that while a short-term coping strategy is helpful, a long-term plan is critical to the well-being of …