Crackers

Dec 14,2008

Crackers

James Poulos has identified the one thing above all that guarantees success in foreign policy writing: the catchphrase! Fukuyama had “The End of History”, Huntington had the “Clash of Civilizations”....

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...