Posted by: cousindampier | 1 September 2010

Monthly Notes

The Economist, “Georgia’s Mental Revolution”

Gia Kancheli, a 75-year-old celebrated Georgian composer, says: “In the old days the decent people of my generation tried not to be Soviet. Today we are again trying not to be Soviet, but the new generation is different. They don’t have to try: they are simply free of that pressure and those lies.”

How a state is created out of partition – a new generation of people need to come along who are uniquely nationalist. Take the United States, between the War of 1812 and the Civil War – the Second Party system. It was a unique form of American nationalism which looked west and moved beyond the generation who fought the revolution.

The Economist, “Fiscal Fundamentals”

Two very extreme views on the debt crisis in America, with one interesting shared aspect:

Neither thinks that official debt figures mean all that much. Neither thinks the government’s balance-sheet can be understood on its own, without reference to what the other spouse is up to.

Information Dissemination, “Perfect Timing for a Policy Change”

America acts like a great power, which is good.

The Economist, “Thinking the Unthinkable”

What Mexico does may depend on what California does. Most of what Californians would smoke will come across the border, unless some serious enforcement is put in place to prevent that.

Strange Maps, “A Night Club Map of Harlem”

Neat.

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