Monday, May 16, 2005

Democracy in a world of inequality

<>In the world of inequality, any "....cracy" or "...ism" may only bring the glimpse of that utopian land, but not the real deal.


Democracy in a world of inequality

The system we are exporting is wilting under under egoism's rule

Peter Preston
Monday May 16, 2005
The Guardian

Here's George Bush, playing the crowds from Riga to Tbilisi and waving his "beacon of liberty". It's a wonderful thing, this democracy. And here's Tony Blair, counting his 36% and trying to polish a few wan adjectives. It's a cruel, apathetic thing, this democracy.

We see the birth of freedom - in Bucharest or East Berlin - because it makes great TV. We watch misty-eyed as that statue of Saddam topples for the umpteenth time. And then the years of disillusion kick in. East Germans tell pollsters how they hanker for the past. Iraq grits its teeth as the carnage grows and the magic of the ballot fades.


Some of the books I loved reading that you may also like

  • Think Like Einstein by Peter Hollins
  • The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
  • Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions by James E. Ryan
  • His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  • This is Your Brain on Parasites by Kathleen McAuliffe (Reading in Progress)
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Reading in Progress)
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Reading in Progress)
  • Quantum Night By Robert J. Sawyer
  • Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
  • Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Slade House by David Mitchell
  • Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
  • To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • The Art of the Short Story by Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn
  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, The Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Grain Brain by David Perlmutter
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Father Sergius by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Inferno by Dan Brown
  • The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
  • The Universe Within by Neil Turok
  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Why Does The World Exist by Jim Holt
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
  • State of Fear by Michael Crichton
  • Solar by Ian McEwan
  • 7 Money Rules for Life by Mary Hunt
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
  • The Best American Short Stories 2011
  • The Best American Mystery Stories 2011
  • The Best American Essays 2011
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011
  • I Moved Your Cheese by Deepak Malhotra
  • The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
  • Kothao Keu Nei by Humayun Ahmed
  • Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
  • The Success Principles
  • A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carre
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
  • The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  • PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010
  • The Best American Short Stories 2010
  • The Best American Short Stories 2009
  • The Best American Poetry 2010
  • Nondito Noroke by Humayun Ahmed
  • Under the Dome by Stephen King
  • The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • The Passage by Justin Cronnin
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets by Ted Kooser
  • The Best American Short Stories 2008 Edited by Heidi Pitlor, Salman Rushdie
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
  • A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane
  • Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard Kiran Desai
  • Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Aloft by Chang-Rae lee
  • The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future by Martha C. Nussbaum
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • The Island Walkers by John Bemrose
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • What is America by Ronald Wright
  • The Accidental by Ali Smith
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • Collapse by Jared Diamond
  • The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
  • Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  • Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Ramains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Prey by Michael Crichton
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  • Needful Things by Stephen King
  • Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  • The Chamber by John Grisham
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • The Client by John Grisham
  • The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
  • The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy
  • The Firm by John Grisham
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Sphere by Michael Crichton
  • Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
  • The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Shipping News by E. Anne Proulx
  • The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
  • The Fourth Protocol By Frederick Forsyth
  • Shogun by James Clavell

Blog Archive


Fiction & Poetry

Human Rights


Democracy Now!

Climate Change

From The Washington Post

New York Times: Technology

From Boston Globe

Python News

Classical Music Video