Skip to Content

Archive for March 2010

Iraq: no self-determination, no democracy

Earlier this week, American commentators from across the political spectrum praised the Iraqi parliamentary elections. Some 60 to 65 percent turned out to vote, in some cases in defiance of bombs. The official results have yet to be announced.  The Iraqi people should be commended for their determination to make the best of a bad situation. But we cannot let stand […]

Childe Hassam redux

Thumbnail : Childe Hassam redux

  When I saw rows and rows of American flags flying on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan the other day I was reminded of  the flag paintings of the American impressionist artist Childe Hassam, made from 1916 onwards. Here is Hassam’s painting “Flags, Fifth Avenue”: In his landmark history, American Visions, Robert Hughes writes that Hassam delighted […]

This week’s articles of note

“Obama’s lost year,” The New Yorker, by George Packer [abstract; full article requires subscription] “An exceptional debate,” National Review, by Richard Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru “Man versus Afghanistan,” The Atlantic, by Robert D. Kaplan “China’s economic rise is truly glorious,” Real Clear Markets, by John Tamny “What is the good of the ‘examined life’? Some […]

Why we need to talk about innovation now: the Big Potatoes manifesto

Thumbnail : Why we need to talk about innovation now: the Big Potatoes manifesto

A new manifesto “thinks big” with the aim of kick-starting a debate over innovation. In these times of financial crisis and severe economic downturn, we are constantly told by the powers that be that now is not the time for long-term investments. Our energies need to focused on putting out the fires: stop the banks from falling […]

March 2010
    Apr »


I'd like to hear from you. Feel free to email me with comments, suggestions, whatever. I can be reached at