Are the guardians of national boundaries beginning to look pathetic?

Commenting on the post about the Google Dilemma, The Other Gardener said: "There is very little that can be said to be “essential about national boundaries” now that the genie is out of the lamp. I think the guardians of these boundaries, including the academics, will always lag behind. They are already beginning to look … Continue reading Are the guardians of national boundaries beginning to look pathetic?

When all that unites us is our fear

At New Statesman magazine, Hugh Aldersley-Williams quotes Mary Douglas and Aaron Wildavsky's Risk and Culture, "people select their awareness of certain dangers to conform with a specific way of life". He worries that we may reach a state in which "all we have in common is our fears". Actually, it's very unlikely we'll reach a … Continue reading When all that unites us is our fear