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Nixon was Funny: and Why the US should Care about Events in Europe

Although President Obama and the US Federal Reserve are clearly worried about how the continuing debt crisis in the eurozone might impact the US market, past American presidents have assumed a more insouciant attitude toward European monetary issues. I’m currently … Continue reading

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Warsaw in 1947

War sucks for many reasons. One of those reasons is that it takes stuff and turns it into not-stuff. This collection of pictures gives some idea of what Warsaw looked like in 1947 and how surreal living in the city … Continue reading

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Pierogi and Nationalism

Pierogi are delicious. They’re unleavened dumplings. Take a doughy, ravioli-like base, wrap it in beef or cabbage or whatever else is around, then fry it or boil it or bake it (frying is really the best) and out come perogi. … Continue reading

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The Analogy of the EU to the pre-Federal United States

One example Europhiles cite in support of increased EU integration is that of the early United States. The US, the argument goes, offers an example of debt successfully pushing a country from a confederal to a federal system. Earlier this … Continue reading

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Europe has Identity Issues

French academics love the concept of identity. I’m not sure why this is the case, but it might be connected to their interminable disdain for the British, who generally prefer dispassionately manipulating numbers. Regarding European identity though, the continent shares … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the OWS Movement and the Czech Republic

Much discussion has been flying across Internet lately regarding NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park. The evictions got me thinking back on the November 17th protests in the Czech Republic in 1989. … Continue reading

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Looking at Maps Differently

These maps have been around for a while but it’s still really interesting to see the distribution of the world’s wealth measured by GDP per capita. Basically a region’s wealth correlated with it’s population until the Industrial Revolution when Europe … Continue reading

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