BC’s weekend reads

  1. NATO sends a message to Russia
  2. Iraq doesn’t need to break up to be successful (so says a scholar at Brookings)
  3. Benedict Anderson (political science) reviews Clifford Geertz (anthropology)
  4. The Muddled Mystique of Karl Polanyi
  5. The prison house of gender
  6. Investigating Madison’s Political Religion (central planning is hard to do)

2 thoughts on “BC’s weekend reads

  1. I think you and I have different readings of the Brookings piece. All in all, I think it makes a stronger case for breakup than it does for the militias ‘going gentle into that good night’.

    • I think you’re right that it makes a stronger case for breakup, though the overt case is for Iraq remaining as-is. Alaaldin seems resigned to the fact that Iraq is undoable without the presence of a strong man, but he can’t bring himself to admit that Iraq as a state and an idea is a complete and utter failure.

      You can read between the lines and see that Alaaldin is defending a lost cause and he knows it.

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