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in defense of the new authoritarianism

This past Sunday’s New York Times’ “Week in Review” printed a feature about the reinvigoration of “soft authoritarianism” (my own term).  The Times’ argument more or less rests upon the recent Russian invasion of Georgia, and the relative ease with which the Chinese pulled off the Olympics without having to ease any of their restrictions on freedom of speech and protest.

Now, before I begin any real exculpatory remarks in defense of Russia and China’s seemingly ‘new’ form of governance, I think a small amount of perspective on these two events would do well to put peoples’ minds to rest on the matter. Continue reading


Fancy that! The Times publishes a conservative editorial!

Ah, the hypocrisies of modern-day liberalism.  I’m not one to pick bones, because as a liberal myself, I’ve got little else than my proboscis (as is the case with most of my brethren) to look down, not anything of real substance.  However, today the New York Times ran this opinion piece by the reliably-conservative and ever-reactionary Nicholas Kristol.  It’s main rub?  Well, apparently we, the United States, owe Georgia, big time.  At least, that’s the conclusion of an argument that takes as its premises: Continue reading