Monday, March 17, 2008

Democracy can be liberal or illiberal, but while an absolute monarchy cannot be democratic, it can be liberal. The monar­chy of Louis XIV, who allegedly said “I am the State,” was in many ways far more liberal than a number of modern democ­racies. He could not require an annual income tax or conscript his subjects for military service, nor could he issue a law banning champagne from dinner tables. Conversely, many of the horrors of the French Revolution were democratic (but not liberal).
Watching the dollar die

Sun Myung Moon
The next time somebody slates Barack Obama for Jeremiah Wright his supporters can bring up ‘one of the strangest and least scrutinised figures in the conservative media world’

From Joshua Snyder.

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