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Singapore’s “Broken Windows” Theory of Morals

This is the kind of thing you see, and you go: only in Singapore. It’s a sign outside a disco near the river: It makes me think: unlike the injunction to enjoy in Sentosa, this one should be rather effective. … Continue reading

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A New Face in the Snakepit (12)

XII. The Spanish Civil War had been a curious sideshow since 1936. That year, a large and unruly left coalition in the “anti-fascist” mold had managed to squeeze a small victory in the polls. Then, it had proceeded to announce … Continue reading

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A New Face in the Snakepit (11)

XI. Stalin wasn’t surprised by the international reaction to the “show trials,” which he gauged perfectly with the help of the press his diplomats bought for him. As the executions continued unabated, and the Trial of the Sixteen gave way … Continue reading

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A New Face in the Snakepit (10)

X. In 1933, the second year of the Ukrainian famine hit a Soviet Union that was in shambles: real income had fallen to one-tenth of the 1926 level, grain production was at all-time lows, most heavy industries suffered long stoppages … Continue reading

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A Correspondent’s Progress (3)

So I wrote this letter to the Times Literary Supplement, in May this year: Interesting that Gallipoli's black legend never goes away: comes to show the importance of shaping public perception pic.twitter.com/zyxj40cGX7 — David Román (@dromanber) May 22, 2016 Then, … Continue reading

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Dante Alighieri Was Really Bad at Propaganda

The great Tim Parks writes about the latest biography of Dante Alighieri in the London Review of Books. It’s clear that Dante was one of the world’s greatest bad propagandists, and the Divine Comedy is not really about Love or … Continue reading

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Two Views of Kung Fu Panda: Zizek Vs Weinstein

Slavoj Zizek thinks that Kung Fu Panda, the movie, pretty much presents the audience with everything that’s wrong with modernity. He speaks about the subject with surprising frequency, and several of his references are in Youtube videos like this one: … Continue reading

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