April 27th, 2019

the assassination of Trotsky

It is in the cold death flow 10:17 AM Saturday morning. It is predicted to start snowing this afternoon and continual to snow till tomorrow. We are predicted to get up to three to four inches of snow.

I got up this morning around 5:50 AM. I got out of bed because I was tired of dreaming. So I got up made a fresh pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. This morning after writing in my diary I read from a book titled, 'Righteous by Promise: A biblical theology of circumcision' by Karl Deenick. When Carol got up we ate breakfast and then went grocery shopping.

I have been reading since we got home from these two books-'Undermajordomo Minor' a novel by Patrick DeWitt and 'Anarchists Never Surrender: Essays, Polemics, And Correspondence On Anarchism 1908-1938' Victor Serge Translated And Edited By Mitchell Abidor Foreword By Richard Greeman.

I have nothing to do today worth doing. Last night Caleb, Emily, Josie, Cora, and puppy Ollie came over for take out pizza. They all left for their place down the street around 6:30 PM. Carol and I watched taped television shows till 10 o'clock PM News. Carol went to bed around 10:30 PM and I went to bed around 11 o'clock PM.

There is not much else to report this morning so I will close to drift around and around inside my cage.

This reason I got out the novel 'Undermajordomo Minor' by Patrick DeWitt is because I bought yesterday at the Book Nook DeWitt's other novel. 'French Exit'.
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Robert Kagan on Authoritarianism and the Threat to the Liberal Democrati...

On the growing threat of authoritarianism to the liberal world order. Click "Show more" to view all chapters. For more conversations, visit http://conversationswithbillkristol.org

Chapter 1 (0:15 - 36:01): The Threat of Authoritarianism

Chapter 2 (36:01 - 57:27): Defending the Liberal Order

Does the rise of authoritarian powers represent an ideological threat to liberal democracy—or just a strategic challenge? Why must America defend the liberal order created after World War II?

In this Conversation, Robert Kagan, a historian and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, argues that authoritarian regimes represent an ideological as well as strategic threat to the America-led liberal democratic order.

Drawing on his recent essay “The Strongmen Strike Back,” Kagan explains that authoritarian regimes—whatever their differences of character or policy—are united in their ideological opposition to liberalism, and have compelling reasons to try to subvert it wherever possible. Highlighting the growing dangers posed by aggressive authoritarian regimes, now armed with technologies of surveillance, Kagan explains why America must defend liberalism at home and the liberal democratic order abroad.
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