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Maxwell Ross

Progressive Realism

March 10, 2011
Global Strategy

The phrase ‘progressive realism’ was (to the best of my knowledge) first proposed by journalist Robert Wright in 2006 as an antidote to the Bush administration’s alleged evangelical drive to spread democracy through force of arms.  When it was pointed out that the Bush administration’s actual commitment to democratic principles was questionable, and that...

The Perils of Technology Fetishism

February 4, 2011

In their reporting on the recent revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, media outlets from across the political spectrum have highlighted the role played by social media, especially Twitter. They have even used the phrase ‘social media-powered’ to describe these contretemps – as if decades of stewing economic and political grievances were not the actual...