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Forum: Diavlog comments 06-18-2011, 09:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,386
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Depressing Assessments (Daniel Drezner & Megan McArdle)

About China, two questions: Did anyone in China during Dan's trip have any mention of Kissinger's new book, which clearly is written as much for a Chinese audience as it is for an American reader?...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-09-2010, 08:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,738
Posted By a Duoist
Re: The Week in Blog: Princess Bride Edition (Bill Scher & Matt Lewis)

An interesting observation that Matt makes: The more ideologically 'pure' a candidate is, the less effective s/he is as a politician. To the extent that politics is the skill of effecting compromise,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-24-2010, 08:35 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 29,291
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Meet a Tea Partier (Robert Wright & Rob Neppell)

The positive of the Tea Partiers is that some very angry people are still working within the system they criticize in order to make improvements.

The negative of the Tea Parties is the deliberate...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-11-2010, 11:23 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 18,812
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Intensely Resisted Worldviews (Robert Wright & David Frum)


The train of indigenous Iranian democracy--the Green Movement--has already left the station. It's done--wave goodbye, put a fork in it, and put a final fork into any wishful thinking...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-23-2010, 02:11 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,028
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Eating a Baby With a Fork (Matt Welch & Eli Lake)

Mr. Lake,

The core reason that we small-l Libertarians are forever missing our 'Moment' in America--among arguably the most freedom-loving people in the world--is our continuous disastrous effort...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-04-2010, 04:28 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 22,393
Posted By a Duoist
Re: The Decade in Review (Dan Drezner & Megan McArdle)

No mention in this diavlog of an imminent 'Age of Anxiety' created in the upcoming decade by an evolved form of religious Fascism acquiring dual purpose nuclear technology. So many saw the 'bubble'...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-09-2009, 08:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,361
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Iran Update (Jamsheed Choksy & Michael Rubin)

Comparing the possible future threat from Iran with a possible threat from North Korea or from any other state is to miss the actual nature of the form of governance in Iran compared with other...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-29-2009, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,237
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Starting Over (Will Wilkinson & Kurt Andersen)

"Renewal"? Oh, dear. The 'renewal' frames the enduring influence of Calvinism in Bible Belt America, and is the whipping influence of Hitler's Nazism and today's Salafism and jihadism. The greatest...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-28-2009, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,300
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Percontations: System Justification Theory

Seven minutes into the dialogue and still there is not a single word about the influence of a determinst world-view upon justification of oppression. Doesn't Milgram's experiment suggest the reason...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-28-2009, 06:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,707
Posted By a Duoist
Re: How to Fix Our Failing Election System (Jack Balkin & Heather Gerken)

What an interesting discussion. Two lawyers believe our election system is failing, and that the fix requires far more data collection in order to increase federal regulation.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-14-2009, 07:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 17,596
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Harmony of Interests (Colette Avital & Amjad Atallah)

"Demographic reasons"? As in:

Regardless of whether Israel is one-state or becomes two-states, Israel demographically becomes majority Muslim by the end of this century. If one-state, Isreal...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-08-2009, 04:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,840
Posted By a Duoist
Re: The Week in Blog: Smooth Segue Edition

It's nice to see a bi-partisan appreciation for Mr. Kemp's character, political career and enduring intellectual influence. In contrast, there's Mr. Spector.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-04-2009, 03:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,302
Posted By a Duoist
Re: A Diavlog You Can't Refuse (Eli Lake & John Hulsman)


Where's your work on Germany's trade with Iran, especially the reaction by the U.S. Treasury?
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-01-2009, 02:10 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 19,102
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Economic Fallacies (Will Wilkinson & Joseph Heath)

Nice job, Will, getting a philosopher who actually knows something about economics.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-27-2009, 11:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,079
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Worldwise: Iran and the Bomb (Jacqueline Shire & Richard Parker)

We can spin our wheels endlessly in our very sincere efforts to discern what Iran's "intention" is about a secret nuclear program. And we can breathe sighs of relief that the current Supreme Guide is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-27-2009, 05:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,658
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Percontations: Your Brain and Your Genes

Two bright men with some interesting information to share, but listening to the one man's Valley-doll cadence is such a turn-off, I had to turn it off.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-20-2009, 04:46 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 51,330
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Percontations: Evolving Explanations for Human Nature (Robert Wright & Joan Roughgarden)

Mr. Wright:

1. The differences in male/female jealousy are grounded in primal fears. The female's greatest fear is that she will be abandoned by the male with young, while the male's greatest fear...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-17-2009, 02:17 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 29,852
Posted By a Duoist
Re: When Bobs Collide

Much better performance by BW this time, giving as well as taking some good shots.

BK impresses an especially fierce intelligence, while BW impresses as an especially moderate intelligence, so...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-05-2009, 08:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,752
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Financial Pneumonia

When did either of these economists, between 2003-07, point out the terrible hazards being assembled in the housing sector of the American economy? Which of them became infamous for standing up to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-17-2009, 12:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,907
Posted By a Duoist
Re: A Lot To Worry About

It's good to see two conservatives ruminate about what it will take for conservatism to be politically viable nationally in the years ahead. Unfortunately, conservatives are far better intellectually...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-11-2009, 10:42 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 24,336
Posted By a Duoist
Re: The Curious Case of Chas Freeman

Is American foreign policy better served by increasing the presentation of alternative idealism/realism points of view, or is it better served by circling around some sense of what is politically...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-09-2009, 09:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,784
Posted By a Duoist
Re: UN Plaza: Staffing Up State

Diplomats in academia and government continue to discuss nation-state relations as if such relations were between living entities, which they are not.

Diplomats continue to view nation-state...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-03-2009, 05:54 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 40,512
Posted By a Duoist
Re: Free Will: Liberaltarianism Showdown

An interesting discussion, where Mr. Goldberg has a much better grasp of the religiosity of ideology than Mr. Wilkinson does, even though political theory is Mr. Wilkinson's strong suit.

Forum: Diavlog comments 02-21-2009, 09:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,741
Posted By a Duoist
Re: UN Plaza: Defending an Accused War Criminal

An international regime of "peace and reconciliation" is simply going to be impossible to achieve so long as 'freedom' is left out of the mix. When 'freedom' is balanced against 'peace' across a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-15-2009, 04:03 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 70,557
Posted By a Duoist
Re: UN Plaza: Pay Attention to Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka is socialist Left, while Sudan is religious Right. At the UN, the Left often gets a pass on thuggery that the Right does not.
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