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The Gap between Obama’s Language and his Politics

George Orwell argues, in his essay “Politics and the English Language,” that bad politics and unclear thoughts lead to bad language. And he continues with the converse so that the cycle becomes interminable: But an effect can become a cause, … Continue reading

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Merkel’s Game of Chicken

Most people know the game of chicken. Two cars accelerate toward each other trying to intimidate the other into swerving – if neither swerves, both die a fiery death. There’s been talk that German chancellor Angela Merkel and the debt-ridden … Continue reading

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Assigning Loses: more fun with lists

One of the things that’s cool about smart people is that they can make otherwise obvious points sound interesting because they know how to formulate arguments cogently. I heard an interview a little while ago with David Tuckett, author of … Continue reading

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