February 2008


Ah Kingmaker, rejoice. But don't forget that that pesky democracy comes with responsibilities... Oh, here is some high school level political acumen.

Decline Scenario

In a rather half-hearted piece for TNR, Imperial Illusions, Amartya Sen spends some time ruminating on the good/bad of British colonialism in India with an eye towards comparison with the American imperialism. He offers a sketch of the 2,000 year old pre-history of British rule in India as a "country" with "global influence". Though, he [...]

Oh Noez

Obama Photo Causes Stir, AP: A photograph circulating in the Internet of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama dressed in traditional local garments during a visit to Kenya in 2006 is causing a dustup in the presidential campaign over what constitutes a smear. The Associated Press photograph portrays Obama wearing a white turban and a wraparound white [...]

The Winter of Their Discontent

Bill O'Reilly is probably not as big an asshole as he appears to be, but one thing is certain, he does a terrific job playing one on radio and television. For years, Americans have contended with "entertainers-cum-pundits" setting frames around policy debates. O'Reilly's, Limbaugh's, Hannity's and Beck's characters are most likely amplifications of the personalities [...]


"The last thing we'd want is boxes and boxes of crumpled receipts." Um, brilliant.


I appeared on Chicago Public Radio's Worldview this morning for a brief chat. Give it a listen. [Thanks to John for that, um, title.]

Tick Tock XI: Election Sights

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