Ever since November 2020, the political Left has been pounding on the political Right for failing to respect the outcomes of elections. This charge they add to a whole litany of criticisms of conservatives as breakers of the norms of democracy and nascent authoritarians. Former President Donald Trump fed this narrative by, well, denying that […]
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My New Book “Moonshine: A Global History
No matter where you go on earth, there is moonshine. It has been made from just about every imaginable foodstuff: grapes, grain, raw sugar, tree bark, horse milk and more. College students in the developed world drink it; so do day labourers in the world’s poorest slums and villages. All moonshine has two characteristics: it […]
Niall Ferguson, Civilization: The West a...
Civilization: The West and the Rest By Niall Ferguson Penguin Press, 2011, 402 pp., $35.00 Niall Ferguson is the bane of much of the academic world. His crimes are many. Whereas most academics toil in anonymity, glacially plopping out inscrutable, esoteric articles for little-read academic journals, Ferguson is a supernova. He has joint appointments at […]
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