2011 December

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  1. What if Ron Paul wins Iowa?

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    The world’s most frightening reality show is about to get a new star. On January 3, the 2012 Republican race for the presidential nomination will enter new phase as the voters of Iowa choose their preferred candidate. Up until now, the campaign has been all televised debates and pundit pontificating....
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    OK one more in 2011 – the 50 funniest headlines of the year You need to be logged in to see this part of the content. Please either subscribe or Login to access.
  3. Obama’s Bush-era bargain

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    Earlier this month, Obama refused to veto the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), which the House of Representatives later passed by a 283-136 majority. The act—which effectively allows the indefinite detention of terror suspects before trial, eases the process of rendering American citizens to foreign regimes, and makes the closure...
  4. Why Obama falls short of FDR

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    This time three years ago, two months after the 2008 election and a month before his inauguration, so many of us had high hopes for Barack Obama. Pundits proclaimed him a transformational president, a new Franklin Delano Roosevelt, coming to power in time of crisis to remake his country. No...
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    Favourite reads of the year: from The Morning News in July, “The Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” Very pleased to see the author now has twins. See you in 2012 You need to be logged in to see this part of the content. Please either subscribe or Login to access.
  6. Imperial ‘Itch

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    Christopher Hitchens was a big and impressive figure. And the sheer scale of the commentary after his death is a testament to one of his most attractive qualities: his capacity for close friendship, especially among his fellow writers and journalists, the gatekeepers of the public domain. But the mainly admiring...
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    Favourite reads of the year: from the New Yorker in February, Paul Haggis vs the Church of Scientology You need to be logged in to see this part of the content. Please either subscribe or Login to access.
  8. Christmas notes

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    From Prince Albert to Nigella Lawson, we’ve picked out five seasonal reads from our archives: Cultural notebook Why do celebrity chefs tell us how to cook Christmas lunch every year? Sam Leith claims it’s all a big literary-theoretical experiment These islands Samantha Ellis describes her Jewish-Muslim Christmas If I ruled...
  9. A reading list for Occupy London

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    Prospect asked its Twitter followers to suggest books that James Macintyre should take to the camp’s library, “Starbooks”: The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith @V__Vendetta V In Defence of Global Capitalism by Johan Nornberg @sibarnes2000 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft, A Theory of Justice...


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