3 / 4ths through the HBO / BBC miniseries. Pretty good. Tony Soprano seizes control of a medium-sized Arab country. Pretty sure there will be a less ambiguous ending, though. Hat/tip to Coming Anarchy.
Hola de Puerto Rico
One of Thomas P.M. Barnett’s main theme is that they “do know better” — that enemies are not stupid, but understand the world and see where the current trends are leading. That is why they are enemies — they do not like that future.
When I watched it, I thought one of the weaknesses of “The Power of Nightmares” was its cartoonish claim of a secret alliance between “Neoconservatives” and Evangelical Christians. A throw-away line in Niall Ferguson’s “Colossus” has made me re-evaluate that criticism. I need to think it through, but after that one sentence the naturalness of a “neocon” and “religious right” alliance is clear as it never was before.
I will blog on that (with diagrams!) when I get back. But in the meantime: what is the current relationship between “neoconservatives” and religious conservatives? Is there anything natural about that relationship?
-Dan (en San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Update: For answer see here