Category Archives: International Affairs

The 2018/19 Maduro Diet

It is said that Marie Antoinette, when she offhandedly suggested regarding the hunger of starving peasants “Let them eat cake” was not mocking the suffering of the poor but was so disconnected from reality that she assumed that it was … Continue reading

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A Green New Deal? – Part IV

Well this has been fun, distilling the “Green New Deal” into bite-size chunks (sorry for oversimplifying things, for which I will be routinely pilloried – as it is, this has been too long and I have risked becoming a bore). … Continue reading

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A Green New Deal? – Part III

As I think through our current environmental problem, I realize that I am not the most sanguine of interlocutors. I do not see our future brightly, perched as I am at the inverse of epicenter where the waves of destruction … Continue reading

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Reading “Jews, God and History”

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your … Continue reading

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Pinker, Progressives, and Plastic in our Oceans

Following on my theme of our arriving ordeal, juxtaposed as it is against the narrative of our ‘great escape’, I read this weekend a long interview by Stephen Pinker defending his book Enlightenment Now. The summary of his defense in … Continue reading

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Robert D. Kaplan’s “In Europe’s Shadow”

Robert Kaplan is part of a lost generation of correspondents of old who would embark upon voyages dangerous and distant with only their notepad and pencil to accompany their curiosity and their exploding sense of wonder. Wonder at an enormous … Continue reading

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The Quiet of Unknowing

A quiet has descended upon us, a quiet which no longer boasts the great bonfires of old over which the legendary men gathered to tell tales, but which belies the burning manifest instead in trifling tongues which still flicker at … Continue reading

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