Category Archives: 20th century

The Reagans duped all of us?

 The Guardian examines why America fell for the myth of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

“More than any modern president, the myth-making around Ronald and Nancy
Reagan has been extensive and effective,” series director Matt Tyrnauer
tells the Guardian from his home in Los Angeles. “They created a false
image that doesn’t conform with reality, one that is only now being
fully examined.”

Dueling headlines debate whether U.S. and China are heading toward a Cold War

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Are the Americans and the Chinese heading toward a Cold War?

Depending upon which elite newspaper you chose to read today, the answer is yes…or no. (Of course, lucky for you, I saw both!)

According to the New York Times, the two countries are

…laying the foundation for a confrontation that will have many of the characteristics of the Cold War — and the dangers. As the two superpowers clash over technology, territory and clout, they face the same risk of small disputes escalating into military conflict.

Not, so fast, according to the Guardian.

There are three simple reasons why the rivalry between China and the US is not a new cold war.

The first is that the cold war was an ideological clash between two universalisms: two visions of history and of the historical process; two models of modernity. …

Second, in the cold war, geopolitics interplayed with ideology. The two superpowers competed on a world scale in the attempt to implement their model of modernity. …

The final reason is because of globalisation and how it has transformed contemporary international relations.

“Do you want to go to Russia?”

A monument to the people standing just outside St. Basil;’s Cathedral

The Moscow Times introduces us to the man who said “yes” to that question, and how it changed his life.

Throughout his foreign career, Stephenson took photos and, one presumes, notes on the sights and events he witnessed. None were more dramatic than the changes he saw and captured on film in Russia in the most tumultuous years of the post-Soviet transformation. He has gathered them together in a fascinating book called “We Are Building Capitalism! Moscow in Transition 1992-1997.”

Interested in the book? Here’s a link to buy one.