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The Legacy of the US Civil War

Ta-Nehisi Coates has an excellent article in the Atlantic about the legacy of the US Civil War. He argues that black Americans ought to honor that war in the same way that white Americans honor the Revolutionary War: as that … Continue reading

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The Loss of Vaclav Havel: More and More is Subtracted from Less and Less

As Internet has noted, often with arresting beauty, Christopher Hitchens has finally bent to that which duly takes us all. And yet all the while he continued to write so eloquently about the experience of dying. The thing about death, … Continue reading

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Elections in Russia: how many ballots can you fill out?

There’s a saying in Russia: “You don’t get to choose your political leaders anymore than you get to choose your parents.” Or something like that. So it’s not surprising that Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party took home a plurality of … Continue reading

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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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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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Analogy of The Day: How to Properly Handle Politicians

“Politicians are like children, you can’t just give them what they want, it only encourages them.” This line is delivered by Sir Frank Gordon, Permanent Secretary of the Treasury, in Smoke Screen, the third episode of the brilliant BBC show, … 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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