Friday, December 17, 2010

Around Asia

  • "A nuclear-capable Iran may be exactly what is required to destabilize the Wahhabi establishment, reduce support for extreme groups such as al-Qaeda - and usher in a new era of democracy across the Middle East," says Chan Akya — The value of a nuclear Iran.

  • Dmitry Shlapentokh reviews a book whose "chapters touch on a variety of and not always well-connected subjects, such as the philosophy of neo-conservatives, Eurasianists in Russia, and modern Turkish ideologists who can be loosely connected with Russian Eurasianists" — The driving force behind empires.

  • "China’s strange taste in Western philosophers" described by Mark Lilla, who does not see "the interest in Strauss as some sort of disturbing development" as he perhaps should — Reading Strauss in Beijing.

  • "There are few opportunities for greater acts of bravery open to the average North Korean today than to secretly film, photograph and record fellow North Koreans going about their everyday battle for survival and then smuggle the resulting material to China, where it can be taken, edited and revealed to the world," writes Chris Green — Rimjingang Finally Goes English.

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    Blogger Tiago said...

    "Faced with the “crisis of the West” he saw in the weak response to Nazism before World War II, and to Communism after it, Strauss set out to recover and reformulate the original questions at the heart of the Western political tradition, which he did by leading his students and readers on a methodical march back in time, from Nietzsche to Hobbes, then to medieval Jewish and Islamic political philosophy (he avoided Christianity), and finally to Plato, Xenophon, Aristophanes, and Thucydides."

    "he avoided Christianity". How typical. I wonder how one goes about recovering the heart of the Western political tradition by studiously avoiding it? A lost opportunity; that is indeed the history of the 20th Century.

    12:01 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Indeed. The statement goes a long way in explaining neoconservatism.

    8:46 AM  

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