Friday, August 24, 2007

Council Winners

[posted by Callimachus]

Winners have been posted for the week of August 24.

First place in the council went to Is the United States an Imperialist Power and Does It Matter? by Right Wing Nut House, which mirrors a discussion we've been having here lately -- and is a riff on the same Glenn Greenwald post that started ours. Except Rick thinks the debate is hardly worth having:

Are we an imperialist power? The only people who seem to care are those who wish to call us “imperialists.” For the rest of the world, the US is a fact of life, a force of nature. And, I might add, a welcome sight when the boogyman is knocking at the door or Mother nature goes on a bender.

Can we do it while acting more humbly? Must we be so “arrogant?” Next tyrant we overthrow, we should be sure to apologize before having our military rip his regime a new one. Maybe that will satisfy those who see anything relevant at all in this stupid argument.

Votes also went to St. Nietzsche from right here and Horrific Nineveh Bombing Shows Counterinsurgency Working at Big Lizards.

Outside the council, first place went to How The New Republic Got Suckered by Pajamas Media, which I thought failed to live up to its title. It contained little new information, asked a lot of questions it never answered, interviewed some peripheral characters, and never really got to be the "inside baseball"story its title seemed to promise.

Votes also went to The Peace Racket by Bruce Bawer in City Journal, who continues to shine light into the grimmest corners of the unreconstructed left wing of Western Europe, which seems willing to swing any which way in the wind and take any side, so long as the United States remains the great satan.

Votes also went to Israel and the Double Standard at; and UK Civics Class Asks: What Would Muhammad Do? at Sweetness & Light, both powerful posts.

And to The Technology of Our Dissent at Beijing Wide Open, which is a timely reminder that while we pose and bloviate here to get things off our chest and cheer one another in whatever causes we share, some people use the same medium at tremendous personal risk, in the longshot hope that they can genuinely change the world for the better, or at least their corner of it.