Category Global

What empire?

An amazingly delusional text from the same Innocents: The celestial empire, the humanitarian empire (no less!). Need to dig up Zmirack’s essay on patriotism. It’s a masterpiece of sorts.

More Fisk

No wonder, then, that Hans Blix’s blunt refutation of America’s “intelligence” at the UN yesterday warmed so many hearts. Suddenly, the Hans Blixes of this world could show up the Americans for the untrustworthy “allies” they have become. Honestly, I…

Student essays

Robert Fisk’s comment in The Independent provokes (not deserves) a word-by-word response. In the end, I think we are just tired of being lied to. Tired of being talked down to, of being bombarded with Second World War jingoism and…

Talking price ranges

France’s opposition to war: According to Richard Perle, the price of the question is “€60bn – €75bn”. (I’ve come across $40 — $50 bn in other sources, and even as low as $15 bn in a Russian paper.) No way…

“Supposedly for medical research”

So what if, according to Alan Friedman and TNR, Rumsfeld went to Baghdad in the 1980’s to re-establish diplomatic relations despite evidence of Saddam’s using mustard gas and a nerve gas? It only means Rumsfeld should be nowhere near the…

The rejectionists

It’s awfully difficult for me to write more than three average-sized paragraphs. I’d rather limit myself to the bare gist, which often sounds cocky. I first wanted to call this project “The Opinionated Russian”. One conservative observer has written recently…

Defunct but not debunked

I think it was in the preface to the General Theory that Keynes put his famous maxim on “some defunct economist” whose ideas often hold in bondage the minds of “practical people”. Does anybody think JMK — or, rather, the…

Why bother inserting links?

What’s the point of inserting links nearly to every name and concept one mentions? It takes the fun out of the live writing. If the reader is intrigued, she can always run a Google search for what she’s curious about.…