Daily reading for foreign affairs afficionados with an emphasis on the culture and literature of Africa and poetry in general. Also, a repository of musings from life in the PGON (Pentagon) and as a post-grad student. Most of my book reviews are now over at www.kruzoo.blogspot.com
"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist." -Anne Applebaum
Thursday, August 16, 2012
How Much is Your Vote Worth? Great graphic from NYT.
How democratic is the US System?
We came across this graphic in my Ethnic conflict class today--it's from several years ago but is definitely thought provoking.
Places not people
Ammendment (1913)—more or less democractic
is partially there to protect the unique states’ rights
- In most countries, voting is a national holiday. Why not in the US? Cynical answer is because one can exclude the
lower class this way.
- # of days you can advertise prior to an election