Internationally Speaking

Just visited the McAfee website and on one of the forms encountered a, shall we say, anomaly presented itself. I am a patriotic kind of guy, and I’m not in any way anti-American (I’m well aware that the percentage of idiots over there matches the numbers we have here), and when you actually consider what I’m about to tell you isn’t really about patriotism, jingoism or somesuch. Rather it’s a wonderful piece of bad programming that I’ve seen before, centred around the fact that (at least for the purposes of this discussion) the country I am identified with is known as both the United Kingdom (UK) and Great Britain (GB). I’m Scottish, and my country is part of Great Britain …

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Clash of GlobalizationsBear with me, I don’t comment on political situations often but I’ve been meaning to note down something about this for a while now… Under a backdrop of a war no-one outside the government seems to want, I’ve been trying to look at the bigger picture. One article that has helped me get to grips with the entire notion of ‘globalism’ and it’s effects, and one I’ve returned to a couple of times was written by Stanley Hoffman: Clash of Globalizations. Ultimately the discussions will continue, but seems to flex around the following questions: 1. Does a nation protecting an ?open society? (US, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, etc.) have ethical obligations to undemocratic, closed societies and people …

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