Thursday, June 17, 2004
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It's not easy keeping up with the Oxbloggers
David Adesnik's praise to the contrary, we here at danieldrezner.com often feel powerless in the wake of the Oxbloggers' relentless stream of publications. It's not just their ability to publish in so many tony outlets -- it's the fact that they're more than a decade younger than me and publishing in so many tony outlets. Just who do these young whippersnappers think they are, writing such high-quality copy on such a regular basis?
[Is it because they haven't completed a Ph.D. yet and therefore haven't had their writing skills crushed into a sticky paste?--ed. From an epistemological standpoint, that's a nonfalsifiable hypothesis and lacks any counterfactual analysis. Thank you for proving my point--ed.]
But today the advantage is mine. My review of Niall Ferguson's Colossus: The Price of America's Empire is on page D7 of today's Wall Street Journal. You can see the online version by clicking here. Here's the part of the book that I found most interesting:
The ball's in your court, Oxblog... oh yes, the ball is most definitely in your court.
[Ummm... didn't Adesnik and Chafetz already publish something in the Wall Street Journal?--ed. Arrggh!! I'd have a greater sense of self-esteem if it wasn't for those meddling kids!!]posted by Dan on 06.17.04 at 11:20 AM
Thanks for the link to the article.
And I also find that section interesting. The more things change, the more we stay the same it seems.
But did Ferguson mention if the U.S. does not continue it's liberal empire, who will step into the void? Surely not Europe, and I don't see any Asian country stepping up to the plate. Or maybe he argues there will not be a void? (Or maybe this isn't addressed at all...but historically there seems to be someone willing to fill the void caused by American isolationism, usually at our expense down the road.
I'm looking forward now to reading his book. Thanks again!posted by: Chrees on 06.17.04 at 11:20 AM [permalink]
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