Month: December 14, 2008

Dec 14,2008

On empathy, cont’d

Damir is correct in his addendum that such was my intended meaning, though in retrospect I worded it pretty badly. I would certainly agree with him that intimate knowledge, if...

Dec 13,2008

The Simply Evil

David Polansky’s compelling points on empathy in foreign relations still fall short for me in some respects. Here’s the crux: The willingness to take another state’s interests seriously is a...

Dec 13,2008

In which I out myself as a geek

Well, I’m certainly pleased that HBO has green-lit one of my favorite series on the planet. I’ve long hoped for something like a fantasy version of The Wire: something with...

Dec 12,2008

Intertextual observation of the day

After I read Polansky’s eloquent post on foreign policy—and I quote: The willingness to take another state’s interests seriously is a strong hedge against moralism in our own foreign policy...

Dec 12,2008

P.J. O’Rourke pushes a print journalism bailout

O’Rourke writes: There are many compelling reasons to save America’s print journalism. And I’ll think of some while the waiter brings me another drink. In the first place, one out...

Dec 12,2008

Signs of the Apocalypse

I’m up early preparing for a long drive to the wilds of Pennsylvania this morning. I was drinking hot coffee while getting dressed when I heard the following story on...