Friday, June 26, 2009

A Comment

One should also look at the administrative structure for which the Peruvian government has to deal with these types of crisis. If the government were more decentralized, maybe the local government would have been able to retain the conflict and solve local problems before the national guards were called in. A more critical look at these types of ways to deal with crisis are necessary within Latin America.--

Comment to the New Statesman's Anguish, oil and the Amazon by Enrique Mendizabal

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Walter Bagehot said...

A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.

A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.

A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.

A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.

A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.

An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.

An influential member of parliament has not only to pay much money to become such, and to give time and labour, he has also to sacrifice his mind too - at least all the characteristics part of it that which is original and most his own.

Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.

Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.

Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.

I started out by believing God for a newer car than the one I was driving. I started out believing God for a nicer apartment than I had. Then I moved up.

In every particular state of the world, those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others; and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best.

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.

It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.

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