Steve Watson


      Information: Readings: Perspectives on Politics



        George Orwell, 'Politics and the English Language', 1946.

                Clear thinking through clear expression (or is it the other way around?)


        Joseph Schumpeter, 'Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy', (pdf, 437 pages) Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1943.

                Capitalism must disappear - because of its very success. 


        Richard Hofstadter, 'The Paranoid Style in American Politics', Harpers Magazine, November 1964 pp. 77-86.

                The Bush Derangement Syndrome we see today is in a grand old tradition.


        Daniel Bell, 'The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism' (pdf, 29 pages), Journal of Aesthetic Education, 1972.

                It's not a conservative thing.


        Leszek Kolakowski, 'My Correct Views on Everything' (pdf, 20 pages), Socialist Register,1974.

                A Rejoinder to Edward Thompson's "Open Letter to Leszek Kolakowski"


        Jeanne Kirkpatrick, 'Dictatorships and Double Standards', Commentary, November, 1979.

                Authoritarianism is not the same as Totalitarianism, so treat them differently.


        Francis Fukuyama, 'The End of History', The National Interest, Summer , 1989.

                 There is no competitor to liberal capitalist democracy.


        Lee Harris, 'The Intellectual Origins of America-Bashing', Policy Review, December/January, 2002

                 Adaptations of the Marxist immiserization thesis blame America, but make socialism utopian again.


        Norm Geras, 'The Reductions of the Left', Dissent, Winter, 2005.

                Much leftist praxis is informed by a single-factor analysis: it is 'anti-imperialism' über alles.


        David Mamet, 'Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal'', Village Voice, Mar 11, 2008.

                He found himself shouting at NPR and realised it was time to rethink his allegiances.


        Ron Rosenbaum, 'Goodbye, All That', N Y Observer, 14 October 2002.

                How Left moral idiocies drove one true believer to flee the fold.


        Michael Walzer, 'Can There Be a Decent Left', Dissent, Spring 2002.

                The Left's attitude to any action by the West is reactionary and morally vacuous.


        Norm Geras, 'The Euston Manifesto', 2006.

                For a Renewal of Progressive Politics - desperately seeking decency.


        John Fonte, 'Liberal Democracy vs. Transnational Progressivism' (pdf, 14 pages), Orbis, Summer, 2002.

                A class is arising that sees itself as unattached to the nation-state, and is inimical to its values.


        Walter Russell Mead, 'The Jacksonian Tradition', The National Interest, Winter, 1999/2000. 

                 The fourth and most vital tradition in American foreign policy formation.


        Robert Kagan, 'Power and Weakness', Policy Review, June/July, 2002.

                Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus.


        James C. Bennett, 'An Anglosphere Primer', 2001, 2002.

                The Anglophone peoples form a distinct and potent sub-branch of Western civilisation.


        Frederick Turner, 'Tiananmen in London', Tech Central Station, 19 December, 2003

                The competition between two conceptions of Law: Law of Good and Law of Right.


        Thomas P. M. Bartlett, 'The Pentagon's New Map' (jpg, 125k) 2004

                A new strategic distinction between core and non-integrating areas on the globe.


        William Kristol & Robert Kagan, 'Toward a Neo-Reaganite Foreign Policy', Foreign Affairs, July/August, 1996

                The ideologogical marker for the new Republican foreign policy.


        Ivo Daalder & James Lindsay, 'Democracies of the World, Unite!', The American Interest, Vol. II/No. 3, Jan/Feb 2007

                A Congress of Democracies could organize the forces of progress in the world.