Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Dan Hirschman, Budding Sociologist, takes issue with Michael Shermer's claim that the left is as anti-science as the right.

  • Daniel Drezner strongly disagrees with the contention of Roger Cohen that American diplomacy is impossible. It's simply more complicated than before, with more and more transparent actors.
  • Far Outliers compares policies towards indigenous languages in the early Spanish and English empires, noting that in Spanish territories native languages like Nahuatl and Quechua were promoted for evangelism's sake while in New England English was pushed on the indigenous populations.

  • At A Fistful of Euros, Alex Harrowell notes the ongoing capital shortage in central Europe and has a news roundup from the region.

  • GNXP's Razib Khan reviews two books on the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire, noting that it was as much achieved through fiat on the part of the elites as it was through mass conversions.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money's Scott Lemieux makes the point that arguably worse than Lance Armstrong's cheating was the fact that he treated people who pointed out his cheating viciously.

  • Strange Maps introduces its readers to the five types of territorial morphology of states.

  • Window on Eurasia's Paul Goble has three posts about policing the fringes of the Russian ethnos, starting with the desire of some inhabitants of the Russian-populated province of Stavropol in the largely non-Russian North Caucasus Federal District to gain status as a Russian republic, to charges of treason levied against a Pomor activist fron a distinctive Russian subgrouping on the White Sea to controversy surrounding Cossack patrols.

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