Category Archives: Politics – General

Narrative

From Jack Gance, by Ward Just (1989), in which the protagonist discusses his theory of measuring the pulse of a nation: I had become interested in psephology in my freshman year. It was then an infant science, and not so … Continue reading

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Dedication

Bought a used copy of The Insiders, a 1987 book by John Sawatsky, from a library bookstore. All about lobbyings of the day and prior. Read the credits: It is fitting that my first book on politics is dedicated to … Continue reading

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Good, Evil, Neither

My friend, Neil Remington Abramson, comments as follows (e-mail correspondence reproduced with permission): I have been reading on the debate as to whether human nature is good (Mencius), evil (Xunzi), or neither (Gaozi). Interestingly, Xunzi defines evil as self-interested, and … Continue reading

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Power, Not Religion II

With respect to the comments of Lorne in relation to democracy, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (e-mail correspondence reproduced with permission): I wonder if it isn’t a bit condescending to ask if the Islamic/Arab countries are “ready” for democracy? … Continue reading

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Political Pal

Discussing with a Member of Parliament why so many did not emphasize their education or intellect. Member of Parliament in question was a brilliant lawyer in a prestigious firm, prior to being elected. His point: I need to be liked … Continue reading

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