…copying all the notes I have taken over the last few months in a dinky little green spiral notebook and placing them into an electronic format. Consequently, I ask the readership not to expect too much from me over the next few days. I imagine patience here might have its rewards – these notes have […]
Monthly Archives: February 2010
Corruption’s Blurry Edges
Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a Haitian acquaintance of mine. The topic of our conversation had turned towards the corruption endemic to many underdeveloped countries, upon which point he said: “When I came to America, I did not know what the word ‘bribe’ meant. We don’t have these things in Haiti. In Haiti, […]
Are the United States and China Headed For Cold War?
The majority of Chinese seem to think so. Or perhaps more accurately, a statistically questionable majority of the Chinese who happened to be polled by the Sunday Times think so. Not that this is anything new. The world has been worrying about a new Cold War between China and the United States for quite a […]
Musings – How We Ought To Think About History
I often find myself frustrated with the lack of historical perspective present in contemporary political discourse. History is something pundits have little use for– why bother when one can blame society’s problems on the politicians one wishes driven out of office? This proclivity to see evil only in the machinations of one’s political opponents is […]