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Like Cancer Attacking the Cellular world
TigerHawk has a delightful bit on the psychology behind John Kerry’s America-bashing in Davos, Switzerland:
Kerry (like, I speculate, most of the people at Davos this week) is a “transnational progressive”. He and his ilk — they fill the coffee shops in Princeton — recoil against national narratives and identity. Deep down, they think nations are primitive constructs. Not so deeply down, they actually believe that some amorphous international “acceptance” of American policy is more important than the national interest the policy is formulated to protect. Or, more precisely, they believe that American national interest depends on international acceptance, or at least that it ought to. Even this might make sense if it were symmetrical, but transnational progressives do not require the same “acceptance” for incompetent countries.That’s precisely right. Seconding Kerry’s emotion are men like Peter Spiro, international lawyers who insist that compelling “norms” should put all nations on an even playing field—that power politics is an antique. What is unceasingly curious about these folks is how comfortably they live in this backwards world of patriotism and national interest. And by ‘comfortable,’ I mean they aren’t being slaughtered by ululating Islamists. Precisely two things prevent that: One, the fact of a concrete and particular American interest and Two, the willingness of those simpleton patriots to fight for it.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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