David Coates

Archive for July, 2011

July 29, 2011

Washington Woes and the Problem of the Parrot

In the famous Monty Python parrot sketch, John Cleese’s understandable outrage at being sold a Norwegian Blue that was actually “stone dead” as he put it, does not get him a new bird. What it does get him – from the Michael Palin character who originally sold it to him – is a barrage of […] read more »
July 14, 2011

The Dangers of Obama’s Centrism

    Wednesday’s London Guardian newspaper carried a full report under the banner heading “Barack Obama battles left and right for debt ceiling agreement,” documenting the manner in which he was playing the role of “mediator in direct talks to prevent government bills going unpaid, interest rates soaring and US stocks plummeting.”[1] read more »
July 1, 2011

Celebrating Independence by Seeking to Regain It

  The signers of The Declaration of Independence combined political courage with intellectual honesty. Indeed for them, the first was entirely rooted in the second. read more »