Friday, July 23, 2004
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Monday night I'll be debating Kennette Benedict, the director of the International Peace and Security Area of the Program on Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, about "Democracy Defined: Wield or Yield?" -- in a bar.
Well, I'm certainly looking forward to "getting down," as they call it, with the young people.
Of course, the crowd might not feel the same way, as Eng elaborates:
[Sounds like a tough crowd--ed. No sweat -- all I have to do is pull off the frizzy hair-tank-top-peasant-skirt-and-clogs look.]
In all seriousness, this kind of format and venue is a great idea, and I'm happy to have the opportunity to drink and debate at the same time.posted by Dan on 07.23.04 at 11:41 AM
Dude, I am so there. Now I just have to find my giant foam finger and facepaint.posted by: Independent George on 07.23.04 at 11:41 AM [permalink]
He's not just a "raucous singer/artist", he's a founder of the seminal British punk band the Mekons, and also a member of the Chicago-based alt-country band the Waco Brothers.
I think he also plays in a band known as the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, so there ya go.
Jon Langford! Schubas! Dan - I'll buy ya a beer if I can shove the kids off somewhere....
posted by: mickslam on 07.23.04 at 11:41 AM [permalink]
I was an intern at CCFR last year. A lot of very nice people work(ed) there, but A) it is one of the most overtly liberal organizations I have ever stepped foot into and B) they don't "bring in" the likes of Perle and Rice. They organize the venue and send out announcements for people who are already on a book tour or making the rounds. I assumed this GOAt concept was fairly goofy and intended to bring together the "Bush lied" crowd over beers, and I am sure it isn't far from that, but good to see they are inviting the likes of Drezner.posted by: Kevin on 07.23.04 at 11:41 AM [permalink]
I am optimistic that simple exposure to rational thought from outside the liberal echo chambers will have a salutary effect on the republic.
Of course, I was also optimistic that Hayley Mills would somehow fall in love with me in 1965.posted by: Assistant Village Idiot on 07.23.04 at 11:41 AM [permalink]
I don't have any problem with you appearing with frizzy hair, tank top, and peasant skirt. However, I think the clogs may be bad for your feet.posted by: jeff davis on 07.23.04 at 11:41 AM [permalink]
In judging the ideology of an event, don't forget the sponsor. The MacArthur foundation may have had sponored a conservative (or moderate) event, but, if so, I missed it.posted by: Jim Miller on 07.23.04 at 11:41 AM [permalink]
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