Monthly Archives: March 2013

Characteristics of a Good Leader

As I read the passages from the homework on the Indian Nationalist Movement, one of the things that I noticed was that Gandhi evolved into a powerful leader. According to the assignment (pg. 17): “[b]y 1920, Gandhi was recognized as … Continue reading

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Bolsheviks, Nazis, and the Spring Play

The spring play this year is called “All Through the Night” and it takes place in Germany during the time that Hitler was in power. During rehearsal today, I noticed that one of the characters talks about the Bolsheviks. This … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as human nature?

We’ve talked about human nature–whether it exists, what it is–a number of times in this course: in conjunction with our discussion of Hobbes and Locke, in our look at Marx’s dialectical materialism, and at a number of places in between. … Continue reading

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Nicaraguan Revolution

Recently, I took a vacation to Nicaragua. It was purely a rest-and-relaxation trip, but while I was there, I did learn a bit about the Nicaraguan Revolution, an event that spanned much of the 1980’s, and turned Nicaragua against the … Continue reading

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Models of Russian Gulags Continue to Exist

In Melanie Kirkpatrick’s book Escape from North Korea, Kirkpatrick writes of various North Korean defectors and refugees, including those who have escaped from North Korean labor camps in Russia. In 1967, North Korea and the Soviet Union formed an agreement where … Continue reading

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Stalin remains popular in his homeland

Just just saw this article from the BBC, about the growing popularity of Stalin in the Republic of Georgia, where he was from.  Given that we just studied Stalin, I thought you all might find it interesting.  Post your reactions … Continue reading

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