Monthly Archives: July 2010

Spending Priorities in Afghanistan

A few pieces today talk about our spending habits in Afghanistan and how miserably imbalanced they’ve become. In the NYT, Nick Kristoff writes critically about the decades-long trend of the militarization and weaponization of U.S. foreign policy, tools which he … Continue reading

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Morality, Foreign Policy, and War

In the wake of the Wikileaks intelligence dump, there seems to be a reasonable consensus that there’s nothing really new or revelatory here. However, this spotlight on the war’s difficulties may force the president to more forcefully defend his Afghan … Continue reading

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Is Tackling National Problems at the National Level a "Doomed Experiment"?

David Brooks writes today about the great progressive experiment currently underway in government, what with all its experts and educated elites trying to solve common problems toward the common good: When historians look back on this period, they will see … Continue reading

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Big Brother is Obese

Today the Washington Post unveiled the beginning of its excellent series Top Secret America, which investigates the expansive secret national security state that has sprung up since 9/11: Every day across the United States, 854,000 civil servants, military personnel and … Continue reading

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Featuring Such Questions as "Is Income Inequality a Bad Thing?" and "Why are They Remaking Spiderman Already?"

The financial crisis has spawned much debate about the salience, the level, and the potential legacy of growing income inequality in recent decades. And it has been growing. There’s no real argument about where the economic spoils have been going. … Continue reading

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Will Political Ignorance Kill Us All? Eh, Not For a Long, Long Time

Public ignorance and epistemic arrogance have been rather prominent themes on this blog. Of course no one is immune to either, and all I can promise as a blogger is to do my best to not write about stuff I … Continue reading

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Patriotism and Unlimited Executive Power Are Not the Same Thing

A little more on the way that patriotism may be used to sanction government immorality in our names. Over the weekend I was watching an interview with Michael Leiter, the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff was … Continue reading

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Patriotism and American Exceptionalism

To celebrate America’s birthday, Lady PoliticsInVivo and I had a spirited discussion about American exceptionalism and whether, on net, patriotism is a force for good or ill in this country. It was started off by this Bloggingheads debate between Will … Continue reading

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The Literary Hitchens

Anyone who checks in here at all regularly will know that I’m not terribly shy about linking to or quoting at length the work of Christopher Hitchens. Years ago I read his essay anthology Love, Poverty, and War, which taught … Continue reading

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Al-Qaeda Coming to a Checkout Counter Near You

Via Marc Ambinder at the Atlantic, it appears that al-Qaeda has started publishing its very own English-language magazine. It’s called Inspire, and it might make a nice present for the discerning Jihadi sophisticate in your life. The first issue is … Continue reading

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