Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Deeds Campaign and Rovian Politics

In recent weeks the Creigh Deeds campaign has pinpointed its focus upon Bob McDonnell’s controversial college thesis – “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of The Decade.” Polls indicate that the effort has bore some fruit, … Continue reading

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Not All Gerrymanders are Bad

Attacking gerrymandering these days is as popular as saying Wall Street needs reform. It’s a truism; everybody agrees with that “gerrymandering is bad,” just as everybody agrees that breathing is good. Gerrymanders do get pretty ridiculous. Consider Maryland’s 3rd congressional … Continue reading

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A Map of Afghanistan’s Election

The New York Times posted a very interesting map of Afghanistan’s recent election. Before continuing, I must note that my purpose is not to question whether irregularities or fraud might have denied Abdullah Abdullah victory; I am simply analyzing the … Continue reading

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A Major Achievement

A few days ago the House of Representatives passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, a meaningful reform of the way student loans are dealt with. In my mind, this bill constitutes one of the Obama administration’s most important … Continue reading

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Communism in Italy

This is the third part of a series on Communism in Western Europe; this section focuses on Italy in particular. The Italian Communist Party (PCI) formed in 1921, as a break-away faction of the socialist party. In many respects, its … Continue reading

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Communism in France

This is the second part of a series on Communism in Western Europe; this section focuses on France in particular. The last part can be found here. In France, the Communist Party was founded in 1920 by revolting members of … Continue reading

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Communism in Western Europe

A mentor once told me not to study communism, because it was a dead system, and studying something dead is worthless. In defiance of this sensible advice, I will be presenting two dead communist movements: the communists in Italy and … Continue reading

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