Tag Archives: Fareed Zakaria

Vox Populi, Vox Dei

How’s your Latin? Those words up there say that the voice of the people is the voice of God. Maybe William of Malmesbury first put it that way in the twelfth century, but it actually popped up much earlier, in … Continue reading

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The Third Narrative

There was the Greatest Generation. They won World War II – Humphrey Bogart took care of the Nazis in Casablanca and John Wayne took care of the bad guys in the Pacific, and William Bendix was the comic relief. That … Continue reading

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A Third Age of Revolution

Sometimes you just feel you’re stuck in a nowhere place at a nowhere time – all the big important events were in the past, as they always are, and if big things were happening now, well, they were happening elsewhere. … Continue reading

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Things You Can’t Say

In the ongoing culture wars there has always been some disagreement about what you can say and what you really should not say – with those on the right constantly inveighing against political correctness. They don’t have much use for … Continue reading

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Intolerant of Intolerance

Mark Twain may have once quipped that Wagner’s music is much better than it sounds. And maybe that’s so. The visuals can be distracting – very large women with the metal breastplates and the iron bullet hats with the horns. … Continue reading

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The Appearance of Weakness

The appearance of weakness is weakness. That was always the argument. Appear strong and others respect you, or if they can’t manage to respect you – because they hate your guts for what you’ve done in the past and are … Continue reading

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