Posts Tagged ‘Edward Luttwak’

  1. Richard Rorty posthumously edited

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    May 16, 2016 by AK

    This is a perfect long article for its genre: a foreign policy expert, who also happens to be a professor of literature, on America’s domestic politics. Rabbit’s clever; the insightful parts are two apposite quotes from Max Weber and Richard Rorty. The problem with the latter is that Rorty got mangled in the process. Here’s what Mark Danner …
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  2. Not so clean hands

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    May 12, 2016 by AK

    In the previous post, I was talking about the “clean hands” operation launched by Milan prosecutors in 1992, which destroyed the old political order and unexpectedly brought a rightwing coalition headed by Berlusconi to power in 1994. Two things stood out in the conduct of that campaign: its reliance on the excessive powers the judges …
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  3. It’s Trump’s failure that would enable fascism

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    April 6, 2016 by AK

    An interesting story in The New York Times by Zeynep Tufekci, Adventures in the Trump Twittersphere. It was actually the author’s name that caught my eye and made me start reading. The first name is a variation on the female Arabic name Zaynab. The last name (Tüfekçi) – even I could figure out – means “gun maker” or “gun …
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  4. 1921: Bolsheviks cede Western Armenia to Turkey

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    June 4, 2015 by AK

    Neither Edward Luttwak, in his 2015 review of They Can Live in the Desert and Nowhere Else by Ronald Grigor Suny, nor Mark Mazower, in his 2001 review of The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, 1915-16 by James Bryce and Arnold Toynbee (yes, that Toynbee), mention the Bolshevik-Kemalist alliance that ended all hopes …
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  5. Is the Kremlin learning from Turkey’s anti-minority laws?

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    May 30, 2015 by AK

    The pending closure of Dmitry Zimin’s Dynasty Foundation is the latest episode in the Kremlin’ campaign against independent NGOs. True to the principle of rule by (as opposed to of) law, Putin has badgered them with two recent bills, on foreign agents and on undesirable organizations. “For our friends, everything; for our enemies, the law” is a Latin American saying but …
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  6. At the mercy of a self-governing judicial mafia

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    March 25, 2015 by AK

    From Edward Luttwak’s interview with Il Giornale, February 2013. Available; on the paper’s website; a pdf of the original available here;.  Previously quoted in this post. All translation errors are mine. Title: “Italy? A country where liberty is limited by the omnipotence of the magistrates.” Subtitle: “A US analyst: ‘Public prosecutors are a self-governing caste …
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  7. The ben trovato school of jurisprudence

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    March 20, 2015 by AK

    Nina Burleigh, the author of The Fatal Gift of Beauty (which I have quoted before), writes in Newsweek ahead of the final ruling by Italy’s supreme court due next Wednesday in the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito case (which she expects to be yet another Italian disaster): The appeals judge, Pratillo Hellmann [who acquitted the …
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  8. 1964–1991–201X

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    March 16, 2015 by AK

    Earlier this year, I finished reading Edward Luttwak’s Coup d’État, the dazzling 1968 “practical handbook” that outlined the soon-to-happen 1974 Portuguese revolution and has been recently invoked to explain the 2013 military coup in Egypt. However, Luttwak took care to distinguish between a coup d’état in a strict sense and various violent means of regime change, such as revolutions, pronunciamientos …
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  9. Church vs. TV in Russia and Italy

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    February 19, 2015 by AK

    Edward Luttwak wrote in his 1969 classic, Coup d’État: Though most male Italians seldom or never go to church, Italian women are keen and regular churchgoers. Italy being a democratic country where women have the vote, it is obvious that if the organized Church is willing to direct its followers to vote for a particular …
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  10. “Hunting non-existent wolves”

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    June 15, 2014 by AK

    Edward Luttwak has argued (registration/subscription required) that in Mafia Republic, University College professor John Dickie misunderstood the nature of the Sicilian mafia, also known as the Honored Society. The Mafia, if I interpret Luttwak correctly, is a social network and hierarchy whose purpose is to secure and distribute a share of certain rents resulting mostly …
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