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Current Topic: Politics and Law

Mr. O'Neill and Iraq
Topic: Politics and Law 2:11 am EST, Jan 15, 2004

It's no surprise that Iraq should have come up at Mr. Bush's first national security meetings -- after all, the United States was patrolling the skies above Iraq to enforce "no-fly" zones. Nor is it surprising that the Bush team should have contemplated regime change: That was the declared policy of the United States, supported by the Clinton administration and Congress.

Thanks to the Post for taking a moment to review for the benefit of Paul O'Neill and some of the Democratic candidates what was already plainly obvious to anyone actually paying attention to the matters in question.

Perhaps O'Neill was too busy doing crossword puzzles to listen attentively during those NSC meetings, but he could at least bother to read the newspaper once in a while. The Post is only 35 cents on weekdays.

Mr. O'Neill and Iraq

Silence on the Hill
Topic: Politics and Law 9:49 am EST, Jan  5, 2004

Ever since it passed the USA Patriot Act, Congress has stood by in an alarming silence while a fabric of new law governing the balance between liberty and security has been woven by the other two branches of government.

Many Democrats are happy to snipe from the sidelines but offer little in the way of constructive alternatives. They are content not to do their job ...

Alleged enemy combatants, after all, don't tend to be an organized constituency of campaign donors who can garner congressional attention.

You can almost taste the anger in the air at the Washington Post.

Silence on the Hill

A Conspiracy So Vast
Topic: Politics and Law 11:25 am EST, Dec 29, 2003

George Soros wonders why Americans got quite so upset about September 11.

He seems positively obsessed with the Project for a New American Century.

In his book, he veers close to what has become the left's equivalent of black-helicopter paranoia.

"I am distressed," he writes, "that the public is not as alarmed as I am."

A Conspiracy So Vast

In Search of Justice, Not Vengeance
Topic: Politics and Law 9:38 am EST, Dec 28, 2003

The economic and political future of our country depends first and foremost on the supremacy of law. [Our future] depends on establishing clear legal mechanisms to differentiate between genuine criminals and the vast majority of innocents.

It's not about your government. But does it still apply?

In Search of Justice, Not Vengeance

New Year's Resolutions
Topic: Politics and Law 8:41 am EST, Dec 26, 2003

Will the coverage of the election reflect its seriousness? Toward that end, I hereby propose some rules for 2004 political reporting.

... Folks, we're talking about war, peace and the future of US democracy -- not about who takes whom to the prom.

... It's not about you.

New Year's Resolutions

Conservatives and Neoconservatives
Topic: Politics and Law 11:35 am EST, Dec 24, 2003

Neoconservatism has become the topic of the day.

But does neoconservatism really exist, and if so what is it?

What exactly is “new" in neoconservatism, and how does it differ from other strands of conservative thought in America?

And finally, what kind of political influence does neoconservatism wield today?

Of course, it is this last question that is nowadays on everyone's mind. Yet one can hardly begin to weigh the influence of neoconservatism on the Bush White House without first reaching some understanding of what it is, and how it differs from the old conservatism.

Conservatives and Neoconservatives

Proof of American Power
Topic: Politics and Law 10:57 am EST, Dec 24, 2003

Gaddafi's decision is winning the White House a rare measure of editorial approval ... Others find the new demonstration of American influence worrisome.

Pundits in Pakistan worry that the south Asian country will be next.

"Baghdad has become symbolical of the pyramid of skulls that were raised by conquerors in the past to terrify nations into submission. Few nations will be willing to defy Washington's edicts and will obsequiously fulfill even the most demeaning tasks."

"No amount of cooperation in the so-called War on Terror will prevent the USA, egged on by the Israeli and Indian lobbies in Washington, from its goal of forcing Pakistan to roll back its nuclear programme. The Libyan and Iranian examples should leave no one fooled. If anyone thinks that surrendering national sovereignty in the attempt to curry favour with the USA will even postpone the day of decision, they are mistaken. Indeed, it hastens it. Pakistan therefore must follow its own national interest, and refuse to accept any pressure. In that lies the only chance of safety."

Proof of American Power

Musharraf Agrees to Cede Military Powers
Topic: Politics and Law 10:45 am EST, Dec 24, 2003

Pakistan's military president agreed Wednesday to step down as head of the armed forces by the end of 2004.

"It is good for democracy and good for the stability of the country. The president has proven he is sincere about democracy."

Musharraf Agrees to Cede Military Powers

Topic: Politics and Law 5:30 pm EST, Dec 23, 2003

The goal is global participation in creating a world where political institutions no longer perpetuate war and inequality.

agoraXchange will serve as a dynamic repository, soliciting and displaying contributions, suggestions, and collaborations that will be used to design a massive, multiplayer online game world simulating an alternative to the present global order.

While the game design and most game rules will be provided by participants of agoraXchange, all proposals must accommodate four initial decrees challenging present conventions for awarding nationality and wealth.

agoraXchange will create an environment for participants to exchange ideas and work together on the rules, design, and the code to be used in building the game. Participation will be facilitated by techniques used in other successful large-scale online distributed collaborations, ranging from the open source software movement to self-regulating, peer-to-peer discussion groups.

Rather than offering criticism of the world as it is, agoraXchange aims to create new possibilities.

The site goes live on January 14. Are you in?


Napster Runs for President in '04
Topic: Politics and Law 8:28 pm EST, Dec 22, 2003

According to Steven Johnson, it's almost as if Howard Dean is "a system" running for president, as opposed to a person.

Of course, only the actual president gets the daily briefing.

The music industry thought tough talk, hard-knuckle litigation and lobbying Congress could stop the forces unleashed by Napster.

Today the record business is in meltdown, and more Americans use file-sharing software than voted for Mr. Bush in the last presidential election.

When did it become a commonplace to argue a point by juxtaposing random statistics?

Napster Runs for President in '04

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