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The Collapse of the Vertical

Oleg Sheyn Russian Dissent
A top-down society is extremely brittle. Vertical control is easier; it eliminates the need to convince anyone. But it is far less effective. The number of errors and the cost of correcting them increase sharply.

Nuclear Weapons and Nationalism: An Incendiary Mix

Andrew Lichterman Andrew Lichterman
The first UN General Assembly's first resolution set up a commission to bring back proposals to eliminate atomic weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction and to control atomic energy. That was seventy-seven years ago.

Tidbits – Jan. 26, 2023 – Reader Comments: What Price “Defense”?; Monterey Park; Readers Respond – Ukraine War; Israel; Argentina 1985; George Santos; Gun Control; Student Activist Scholarship Applications Available; Lots of Announcements; More…

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Reader Comments: What Price “Defense”?; Monterey Park; Readers Respond - Ukraine War and The Left; Israel; Argentina 1985; George Santos; Gun Control; Lots of Announcements; Student Activist Scholarship Applications Available; More....

A Tale of Two Exceptionalisms: Russia and the USA

Rebecca Gordon tomdispatch
Russia is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court, which means that its nationals can’t be tried at the ICC for war crimes in Ukraine. The United States is the other Great Exception to the rules of war.

The Evolution of Post-Soviet Ideology

Arseniy Krasnikov Russian Dissent
There is no dividing line between the Russian “quasi-liberals” of the 90s and the ideology of Russian imperialism today. They are aligned politically and economically, the first easily spilling over over into the second.

The New Inflation Picture

J. Bradford Delong Project Syndicate
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the bond market's 5-10 year projection of annual chain-weighted personal-consumption-expenditures inflation reached 2.27%, raising concerns that another big shock could de-anchor inflation expectations. But since that didn't happen, the Federal Reserve now should reconsider its position.
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