Friday, April 11, 2003 :::
TARIQ AZIZ APPLYING FOR B-SCHOOL? The utter triumph of Western popular culture became apparent once again today when people looted the abandoned apartment of Tariq Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister of Saddam Hussein and former Foreign Minister. Apart from owning DVDs of the "Godfather" and "Sleepless in Seattle", Mr Aziz was fond of magazines such as Vogue and GQ, and someone in his household was studying for the GMAT....
Wednesday, April 09, 2003 :::
FUTURE OF OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE IN DOUBT. As long as the Labour government is in power --and it is nigh possible for the Conservatives to win back sufficient seats in the next election, which in any case will not be fought any time soon-- the future of the great universities of Britain remains in serious doubt. Labour simply doesn't understand the competive pressures Oxbridge is under. It is obsessed with social engineering and meddling with detail. Today it was reported for instance that "Leading universities will be fined and forbidden to charge higher fees unless they recruit more working-class students."
TANNER LECTURES on-line. The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, a prestigious series given by some of the most prominent philosophers have been placed on-line. A great resource, bringing together lectures from thinkers from Francis Fukuyama and Edmund O. Wilson to Saul Bellow and Myles Burnyeat.
(link via the Volokh Conspiracy).
Sunday, April 06, 2003 :::
MARK STEYN expresses thoughts similar to my previous post. As ever, however, his tone is more certain than I dare to sound. That is to say, he is more certain than I am that the regime is leaderless. Now, whereas I think it almost undeniable that the regime has not shown any organized opposition, I am most curious as to why. Perhaps, indeed, Saddam was incapacitated or dead from the beginning of the war. Or perhaps -as I suspect- something weirder has been going on. Again, time will tell - and undoubtedly many fascinating books will be written about this.