Breaking with Moskow

July 2, 2012

Quote from the book in the title:

Although a handful of factory workers and farmers are member of the higher Party bodies, they are so overwhelmingly outnumbered by Party, government, military, and intellectual figures that they play no role in these bodies whatsoever. The elite class and its bastions of power are very far from ordinary people and oblivious to their vital needs. Compared to other major societies, in fact, it fits Marx’s definition of a ruling class more closely than any social or economic stratum or any surviving remnant of monarchy.

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Arab spring, mere personal reflections

February 4, 2012

The Arab spring has only distractedly caught my attention this past year. Recently, I wanted to catch up a bit. Concurrently, there is rising tension between the West and Iran over its nuclear program. So, now is an opportunity to revisit a few readings and evaluate their pertinence with the benefit of hindsight. These are Robert Baer’s books (2002, 2004, 2008) and an article by Nassim Taleb in Foreign Affairs (2011).

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