From Christopher Adams’s feed:
Beijing is calm. Wang Dan and other student leaders call for reinstatement of Zhao Ziyang. UN employees express deep concern. May 26, 1989
Zhao Ziyang, former Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China and Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, has a new book out. It is titled Prisoner of the State.
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes that line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.
“Wise” is not the only relative term here. So is competence..