The New York Times Sunday Magazine had a fascinating article outlining the arguments surrounding national healthcare provision.
‘All these attitudes are aspects of a single worldview and create an almost irresistible illusion.
It conjures nightmares of ‘failed states’ and ‘global extremism’, offers the remedies of ‘state-building’ and ‘counter-insurgency’, and promises a final dream of ‘legitimate, accountable governance’. The path is broad enough to include Scandinavian humanitarians and American special forces; general enough to be applied to Botswana as easily as to Afghanistan; sinuous and sophisticated enough to draw in policymakers; suggestive enough of crude moral imperatives to attract the Daily Mail; and almost too abstract to be defined or refuted. It papers over the weakness of the international community: our lack of knowledge, power and legitimacy. It conceals the conflicts between our interests: between giving aid to Afghans and killing terrorists. It assumes that Afghanistan is predictable’
The World Today (think tank Chatham House’s mag) has a great piece on ‘the monumental miscalculation’ of the Iranian Regime resulting from an ‘intoxication with power’. Provides background info. from a foreign policy professor and isn’t dry.
Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens, as facebook fans will know (I linked to this there days ago), has written a marvellous article about New Labour and how, like the fruit of the medlar tree, Gordon Brown went rotten before he was ripe.