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Entries by Christina Patterson from 10/2011

We Loved You, Sarah, Because You Made Us Feel Smart

| Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics

It's a fine line between politics as fun, and politics as farce. Sarah Palin crossed it the first time she spoke, but at least if you're laughing, or scowling, or even if you're wincing, you're probably still awake.

Optimism Is the Last Thing We Need in a Politician

| Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics

A country is not a boyfriend, an immune system or an employer, and the successful running of a country, or of an economy, or of a foreign policy, or of an employment strategy, involves a little bit more than positive thinking, and charm.

Thank God For an Artist Who Thinks Art Isn't Just About 'Big Power'

| Posted 10.18.2011 | Arts

Think of the man who has just been picked by Art Review as the most powerful person in "the art world". He isn't in "the art world" to prize bonuses from bankers' pockets.

Why Wrecked Economies Need More Parental Leave

| Posted 10.19.2011 | World

The U.S. is one of just four countries in the world that have no federal law for paid maternity leave at all. The others are Liberia, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland. I'm not at all sure you could say that it's a brilliant strategy for growth.

Julian Assange: When "Exposing Bastards" Turns Into a Cult

| Posted 10.28.2011 | Media

WikiLeaks needs you, or me, or whoever was filming Julian Assange, for its appeal on its Website, because it, like its founder, is in big financial trouble.