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Fascism: A Warning

Fascism: A WarningBy Madeleine AlbrightHarperCollins, New York, 2018 When she spoke to an adoring, packed house at Seattle’s Paramount Theater on the evening of April, 24, 2018, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stated clearly that she was not accusing … Continue reading

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Crosscut Festival

I spent yesterday attending the Crosscut Festival at Seattle University.  I’ve gone to so many conferences through work that I can’t seem to break the habit of taking and writing up notes.  So here they are. The conference was organized … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Strong Leader

The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age By Archie Brown Basic Books, New York, 2014 We all admire strong leaders, leaders with a commanding presence, leaders who aren’t afraid to make tough decisions, who “tell … Continue reading

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Post-Election Reading

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in CrisisBy J. D. VanceHarperCollins, New York, 2016 The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott WalkerBy Katherine J. CramerUniversity of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2016 Before … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ideas That Conquered the World

The Ideas That Conquered the WorldBy Michael MandelbaumPublicAffairs, New York, NY, 2002 The Ideas That Conquered the World was published with some fanfare in 2002, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I can’t remember how long it’s … Continue reading

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Coup in Egypt

What happened in Egypt yesterday is deeply disturbing. Whenever a democratically elected government, however rotten or reviled, is overthrown by a military coup, it’s a setback for the country and for democracy. The world cheered when the Mubarak regime was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End of Power

The End of PowerBy Moisés NaímBasic Books, New York, 2013 Moisés Naím uses a lot of words that start with “d” to describe what’s happening to power these days; dilution, dissipation, disruption, diffusion, and decay. The full title of his … Continue reading

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