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Mar 16, 2004 3:52 pm


Some readings that have interested me lately



First, I’ll point to a HNN exchange on sovereignty and international law under the article, “Nukes on the Loose: What Can Be Done? by William Lambers. Yes, I put in a couple of things, but it's the extended comments by Mark Safranski and Chris Pettit that make it well worth reading.

The April Harper’s also has an article on this topic, John Ralston Saul’s, “The Collapse of Globalism.” (I know it’s near heresy in a Blog to refer to an article that has to be read on paper. Tough.)
Anyway, while I find some of his thinking simplistic, he raises important questions about the sustainability of the corporate model of Globalism.

In the same Harper’s issue, there’s also an article by David Samuel’s about a Bush fundraiser at the Houston Galleria. It is worth reading, but less as reporting than as an example of the liberal sneer. He does not want to understand; he wants to show W’s supporters as some combination of selfish and dumb. If I were a Republican strategist, I would try to spread his work among undecided voters.

Finally, one of the sad things about Blogs and about sites like HNN are the missed opportunities for great discussions. The HNN entry, “Daniel Pipes Is Wrong ... People Should Read the Koran to Learn About Muslim Terrorism” by Irfan Khawaja was a wonderful opportunity to discuss how to understand religion and religious movements. I and a couple of others tossed a few points it, but it never quite took off.

Sic transit Blogia.

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Name Removed at Poster's Request - 3/17/2004

"Perhaps Rick could encourage Chris to submit an article to HNN on the differing schools of thought on the evolution of international law ?"

Good suggestion!


Jonathan Dresner - 3/16/2004

I did most of the discussion I wanted to do when the original Pipes article came up, and most of Khawaja's points echo those made during that discussion.


mark safranski - 3/16/2004

I appreciate the hat tip Oscar and your stimulating questions on the exchange. My only regret is that my current schedule has not allowed more time to engage more fully in the discussion.

Perhaps Rick could encourage Chris to submit an article to HNN on the differing schools of thought on the evolution of international law ?

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