Monthly Archives: June 2005

Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!

Go ahead. Make my list. Those savvy folks at the American Film Institute just released their 100 top movie quotations of all time and I think it could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
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The Supreme Court is taking over the role of Parliament

My goodness. What has the Supreme Court done now? I said some time ago, pace Kaspar Gutman in The Maltese Falcon, that one never knew what it would do next except that it was bound to be something … Continue reading

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Ten books you may not like, but really should read

Well, here’s a summer reading list from hell. Human Events, an American national weekly newspaper, just asked 15 conservative scholars to rank the 10 most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries. Great. Now I have to run out … Continue reading

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It’s the complexity, stupid

In 1944, amid the roaring of the guns and the Keynesians, an obscure economist named Friedrich Hayek published an obscure book called The Road to Serfdom. Widely ignored, occasionally ridiculed, it transformed public debate by demolishing … Continue reading

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Two no’s that spell the end of a ‘Europe’ that never was

The defeat of the new European Union Constitution in a French referendum should send a lot of clever people back to the drawing board. Or possibly the atlas.
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