Monthly Archives: March 2011

Is Harry Truman the first Imperator Augustus of the American Empire?

George Friedman, the founder of the private intelligence corporation Stratfor, “inspired” by the recent developments around Libya, and the role the United States played in them, compares the drift of international politics of the American Republic after WWII, which is … Continue reading

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“How our democracy works” by Justice Breyer: “Why would people want to live under the “dead hand” of an eighteen-century constitution?”

Throughout his new book “How our democracy works” Justice Breyer struggles with the question: “Why the public would accept as legitimate and follow the decisions made by the inoffensive, technical, and comparatively powerless body?” Behind his analysis of the landmark … Continue reading

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Starbucks, Montesquieu and Constitutional Reform #7

Continuation of the prior part #6… Those more then two millennia old events strangely reverberate with the upcoming Supreme Court case of Abdullah al-Kidd. He, a former University of Idaho football player Lavoni T. Kidd who converted to Islam, was … Continue reading

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Outrageous ruling of Supreme Court on Westboro Church questions coherency of the First Amendment

An outrageous 8 to 1 ruling of Supreme Court in Snyder v. Phelps case, where the Court sided with the extremist Kansas’s Westboro Baptist Church, upholding its right to engage in hateful protests at military funerals, endangers the very rationale … Continue reading

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Western view on Qadhafi – so biased

Listening to the recent NPR program on Qadhafi http://www.npr.org/2011/02/28/134132726/dirk-vandewalle-peers-inside-qaddafis-world , despite the obvious efforts of the host Terry Gross and her guest, Dirk Vandewalle, an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, to ridicule this eccentric Libyan leader, I, surprisingly,  … Continue reading

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