Monthly Archives: June 2011

Jefferson on the perfect constitution

Thomas Jefferson writing to John Adams, from Paris, 28 September 1787: The first principle of a good government, is certainly a distribution of its powers into executive, judiciary, and legislative, and a subdivision of the latter into two or three … Continue reading

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History on film

Halfway through the best cinematic car chase ever, in Bullitt (1968), there’s a shot of the two villains fleeing Steve McQueen pausing for a moment to click on their seatbelts.  From the perspective of 43 years later, we marvel at … Continue reading

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Cometh Sarah Palin

We Europeans might pretend that we don’t understand the Sarah Palin phenomenon, but we know full well what it is. We have met her like before, in the shape of various politicians down the years, such as Pierre Poujade.  She … Continue reading

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