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I am a geek in a jock culture

January 31, 2008

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I am a geek. I read science fiction and I watch anime. While I’m not remotely fluent, I can speak a few words of Klingon and Elvish, and I think it’s totally cool that some people take the time to make their own chain mail. I read Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, a number of […]

Democracy good, political dynasties bad(?)

January 31, 2008

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I’ve been hammering pretty hard on the imperial presidency of Bush II recently, given his use of signing statements to ignore federal law and his attempt to slip around the Senate’s Constitutional authority to approve or reject treaties by negotiating a “status of forces agreement” with the Iraqi government. Add into the mix his rejection […]

Scroguely Works presents: Il Principe (The Prince), by our newest Scrogue, Niccolo Machiavelli

January 31, 2008

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The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, first published in 1513, 176 pages, ISBN 978-0553212785 The worst that a prince may expect from a hostile people is to be abandoned by them; but from hostile nobles he has not only to fear abandonment, but also that they will rise against him; In 1513, early into the Great […]