Engelhardt, The Last Empire?

By: Tuesday May 7, 2013 12:10 pm

It stretched from the Caspian to the Baltic Sea, from the middle of Europe to the Kurile Islands in the Pacific, from Siberia to Central Asia. Its nuclear arsenal held 45,000 warheads, and its military had five million troops under arms. There had been nothing like it in Eurasia since the Mongols conquered China, took parts of Central Asia and the Iranian plateau, and rode into the Middle East, looting Baghdad. Yet when the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991, by far the poorer, weaker imperial power disappeared.

A Brief Note on Birtherism

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 7:17 pm

People want to disparage this whole thing as not a “real” issue – present company included. But what it says about America circa 2011 is very real.

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