On Foreign Entanglements, Matt and Elizabeth discuss Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense. Who won the latest round of violence, and will Israel end its blockade of Gaza? Elizabeth argues that it is in Netanyahu’s interest to keep Gaza separated from the West Bank in order to divide Palestinians. Turning to Israel’s domestic politics, why is Ehud Barak retiring from politics? Is Likud drifting even further to the right? Will Tzipi Livni’s new party be able to unite the center-left? Finally, Matt asks whether and how the United States can work with a Likud-dominated Israel towards peace.
Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and economist Richard Wolff debate the relative merits of planned economies and free markets, as well as the rights of workers to determine the fate of the companies they work for.
Glenn Loury and physicist Stephon Alexander, author of Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider’s Guide to the Future of Physics, discuss the racial achievement gap in quantitative fields and how it might be closed.