Quotable (#175)

Stephen M. Walt on ‘The Collapse of the Liberal World Order’:

As you’ve probably noticed, the heady optimism of the 1990s has given way to a growing sense of pessimism — even alarm — about the existing liberal order. The New York Times’s Roger Cohen, a thoughtful and committed liberal, believes that “the forces of disintegration are on the march” and “the foundations of the postwar world … are trembling.”

(UF emphasis.)

4 thoughts on “Quotable (#175)

  1. funniest brexit exchange yet:
    How Upsetting ‏@How_Upsetting 15h15 hours ago Hackney, London
    In which JK Rowling draws an equivalence between fascists and Corbyn. Fucking hell.

    J.K. Rowling ‏@jk_rowling 15h15 hours ago
    J.K. Rowling Retweeted Nichola Davies
    I’ll use my influence whatever way I want. This country needs to be freed of fascists on both right and left.

    Nichola Davies
    ‏@davies_nichola
    @jk_rowling stop using your influence for the labour elite

  2. Not directly related to the post but of possible interest to those reading: yesterday the venture capital company Y Combinator announced that it will research building new cities.

    We want to study building new, better cities.

    The world is full of people who aren’t realizing their potential in large part because their cities don’t provide the opportunities and living conditions necessary for success. A high leverage way to improve our world is to unleash this massive potential by making better cities.

    The first phase of this will be a YC Research project. We’ll publicly share our results, and at the end of the process, we’ll decide if it’s something we should pursue and at what exact locations. We’re seriously interested in building new cities and we think we know how to finance it if everything else makes sense [2].

    They have a curious footnote there:

    [2] Just to get ahead of the inevitable associations: We want to build cities for all humans – for tech and non-tech people. We’re not interested in building “crazy libertarian utopias for techies.”

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