Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Politicist Illusion
"This illusion is generally accompanied by another, which derives from the abovementioned aversion to the realistic evaluation of problems: unwarranted faith in the impact of politics in the narrowest sense of the term, that is politicist politics."

Probably due to faulty translation, this oped by Ernesto Galli Della Loggia is worth puzzling through. Della Loggia focuses on the non-serious way in which his own country's Mideast policies operate. We in the US are so accustomed to reading about our policies, and occasionally those of Britain and France, that it is refreshing to consider that there are other players in this game.


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