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This week’s articles of note

“Why Europe no longer matters,” Washington Post, by Richard N. Haass “The online looking-glass,” The New York Times, by Ross Douthat [on Weiner] “Barack Obama: unity president or great divider?” Fortune, by Nina Easton “Death of the duopoly,” Wall Street Journal, by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch “Why not Keynes?” The American Conservative, by James […]

Sympathy for the devil (LeBron)

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Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks for winning the National Basketball Association finals last night. It was a riveting series, nearly every game a close one. This morning I woke to hear all the sports pundits saying that the Mavericks’ win over the Miami Heat showed the value of the collective over the individual, of the regular […]

Fortunate Son

A great anti-war song, one with balls. A great song period. This is the original version from Creedence Clearwater Revival, performed live on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1969.  

This week’s articles of note

“Disaster not averted,” The New Republic, by Dean Baker “Obama’s ratings,” National Journal, by Ronald Brownstein “California’s green jihad,” Forbes, by Joel Kotkin “Evolution: Darwin’s city,” Nature, by Emma Maris “Man is not cat food,” Los Angeles Review of Books, by Barbara Ehrenreich [Review of five books on animals and animal rights] “The LeBron James […]

Weiner: what a rubbish sex scandal

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The Anthony Weiner incident shows that politicians are now so lame that they don’t even do scandal well. Read my spiked article in full here.

Not the only Weiner

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How to describe Anthony Weiner? Creepy, pathetic, cringe-inducing… but even those words seem too generous. For those outside the US who haven’t followed this story (or Americans who have been living in a cave), let me briefly provide some background. Anthony Weiner is a member of the House of Representatives for a district that covers parts […]

“Mediscare”: the US politics of fear

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The debate over Medicare shows that both Republicans and Democrats now rely on panic over principle. Read my spiked article in full here.

New York City’s “Department of Moral Guidance”

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New Yorker covers are usually very good, but this week’s is especially so. The drawing, by Bruce McCall, is called “Moral Guidance”.  It depicts three New Yorkers in stocks – for offences of smoking, salt and carbs. Across the bottom, it says “NYC Department of Moral Guidance – No Feeding Backsliders”. By coincidence, Brendan O’Neill writes on a […]

This week’s articles of note

“The end of history man,” Financial Times [Francis Fukuyama interviewed by Martin Wolf] “The future of innovation: can America keep pace?” Time, by Fareed Zakaria “Excuses, excuses: a litany of special factors exposes the recovery’s fragility,” The Economist “Everything you’ve heard about fossil fuels may be wrong,” Salon, by Michael Lind “Where’s the panic button on this […]

My review of The Social Animal is published in Sweden

Voltaire, a Sweden-based political/cultural online magazine, has re-published my review of David Brooks’ The Social Animal. If you can read Swedish, you can read it here.

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