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February 23, 2011

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CharlieMcMenamin

It's folk like you wot have upset poor Hopi. You've no understanding of the 'complex calculus of evil' y'see.

"Perhaps the best analogy is with relations with the Soviet Union in the cold war. A policy of detente with a regime you cannot remove that appears to be offering a more moderate approach is an entirely reasonable one. It may prolong that regime. It may expose the regime to destabilising influences that end repression early. It is a complex calculus of evil.

But whatever difficult decision you take, it doesn’t stop you being delighted and hopeful and joyous when that repressive regime totters and falls."

ejh

Well, it certainly stopped Tony being delighted, hopeful and joyous.

By the way, I assume other people have seen the film of those wankers going door-to-door in the yellow hard hats?

ejh

Oh, I may have mentioned this before, but my view of Giddens is almost entirely formed by the experience of having worked (my worst job ever) in the warehouse that served, among others, Polity Press, and hence stored Giddens' pension-provider-cum-doorstop, Sociology. It was easily the fastest-moving item in the place, and this was a really big warehouse. There were pallets all over the place piled high with it. Pallets and pallets and pallets. Everywhere. If you were to say "Giddens" to me in thirty years' time, I'd still immediately think of pallets.

BenSix

It's folk like you wot have upset poor Hopi. You've no understanding of the 'complex calculus of evil' y'see.

I love that our beef is supposed to be his failure to invade rather than, y'know - the weapons we sold him n' shit.

cian

To be fair, Giddens' early work was pretty good.

Does anyone know him? I've always suspected that he's terribly naive and unworldly (which seem like odd characteristics for a sociologist thinking about it), but maybe that's my own naivety.

cian

Off topic. The greatest prank call ever:
http://www.buffalobeast.com/?p=5045

Awesome.

Simstim

Don't know him, but I don't think you get to be Director of the LSE without a certain level of worldliness. IIRC, he set up Polity Press with... David Held.

ejh

Is that "prank call" page the one described as Koch Whore on Google, but currently giving Page Not Found?

Myles

Is that "prank call" page the one described as Koch Whore on Google, but currently giving Page Not Found?

At least it wasn't a meth whore.

CharlieMcMenamin

To be honest, there is a certain mileage in the Hopi Sen view, taken purely in the abstract. It's just that it misses out all those private visits to Mubarak's palaces and so on in the very Tony-centred specific.

Now, it is quite possibly true that Blair never benefited personally from the change in Britain's relations with Libya, as opposed to Egypt. But British/Western commercial interests did. & who has Blair been whoring for since he left office?

cian

Yeah. Its on youtube, and mother jones have the details on their website.

jamie

No there isn't Charlie. That post is a slimy thing that crawled out of a bad conscience. It's pure hackery from first to last. You're being too nice.

jamie

That "Koch"/Walker transcript seems to be working now.

Phil

Textbooks, for reasons which I genuinely don't quite understand, seem to be incredibly easy to do badly (and still get published) and quite hard to do well. A lot of them seem to be churned out by people who think superficially.

Phil

I agree with Jamie wrt the Sen, incidentally. Repeat three times: "Communism is bad! Democracy is good!", then re-read that post and see if anything jars at all. Bet you it doesn't.

CharlieMcMenamin

Jamie - are you my Mum in disguise? Few other people tell me I'm 'too nice'

P.S. in the version of this piece you've posted on FFOE you say I'm part of that set up. Wrong Charlie I'm afraid. I have no such august place in the blogosphere.

dsquared

I find myself idly wondering which currently operating regime, if any, will get the coveted endorsement of Philip Blond. Bhutan, I guess.

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