Archive for June 2009

Post-Industrial Politics

What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. The […]

American Landscapes — I

First light beginning clear and violent in the East. There is no sound. All I carry of the cypresses                   the dust                   is here and the sunflowers the smell of corn and horses where I’m walking. There are towns here too and in them men to pass the time. I know them. Over their streetlights over […]

Desiderata

Random before-coffee thoughts: What James C. Dobson, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter want is Afghanistan under the Taliban. What William Kristol, Charles Krauthammer (foreign policy) and Pat Buchanan (domestic policy) want is Germany under Hitler. What the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Federal Reserve want is England […]

What the Viet Nam War Really Cost Us

The post I’ve been working on, Post-Industrial Politics, has been unavoidably detained. The crew has developed a touch of scurvy, we lost a topmast somewhere off Greenland, and almost half our casks of bully-beef have gone rotten. Never fear, we’ll eventually reach port — Lord willing, etc. In the meantime, have a look at this: The […]

A Short Housekeeping Note

To all of you delightfully available young ladies of Kiev, and your clever Internet pimps: If you’re willing to meet my price, I’ll be happy to set up a little sidebar where you can display your irresistible charms without the slightest hindrance, a kind of Dogtown Reeperbahn all your own. Otherwise, please note that this […]

Obama’s Speech in Cairo

It felt very strange, reading President Obama’s speech just two days after finishing my last post. Very strange, and — I don’t know how to put this without sounding like a sycophant — very inspiring. What he said desperately needed saying, and I have no doubt now that he means it. How could I, when […]

The Summit of Dunsinane

These are difficult times. If you squint a little, you might just be able to make out a grave and solitary figure above us on the battlements, watching the distant consequences of his folly approach. President Bush? Many of us would like to think so, but that would be far too convenient. Even Democrats have […]

In Memoriam: Dr. George Tiller

Someone should remind Bill O’Reilly, and all the rest of those whose notions of Christian righteousness are stained with blood today, of this: And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For […]