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Tom Gerety

Entries by Tom Gerety

Post-Modern Jurisprudence, or What I Learned at Traffic Court

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 4:49 PM

Some of my friends never speed; more of them never get caught -- my wife, for instance. I don't often speed, but whenever I do, it seems, I get caught. But now, this year, last month, I had a life-changing experience in traffic court: From now on I will never...

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The Sociology of Tahrir: The Three Blocs in Egypt's Revolution

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 9:35 AM

Three significant blocs seem to be jostling one another in Tahrir Square and in Egypt itself: The educated middle or upper middle class, now sizable in Egypt (and the Middle East), is most prominent at this point, answering the call of its young activists and bloggers, many of...

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The Two Obamas of Tahrir Square

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 9:13 AM

Among the thousands of signs held up at Tahrir, in many of the world's languages, not a few address Barack Obama, usually in English: "Come to Tahrir Square" they say to him, come see for yourself what we are doing. Twittering and blogging, shouting and marching, many of the young...

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Leading With Conversation or how this President (finally) found his bully pulpit

(7) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 7:43 PM

Barack Obama is smart, eloquent and well-informed; he has an even, sometimes too even, temperament; he can inspire a crowd and he can impress individuals. What he has not had--what he has not found until now--is a weekly or daily pulpit from which to be heard and understood by...

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Aristotle and the Minnesota Senate Seat

(12) Comments | Posted March 10, 2009 | 3:31 PM

Minnesotans are a patient lot, we all know that: never too frantic in traffic jams, unexcited by life's ups and downs, 'steady as she goes' in so many of the dramas that would make a New Yorker squirm or scream. So the reaction in the North Country to the endless...

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Behind the Ambush on the Sri Lankan Cricket Team

(28) Comments | Posted March 4, 2009 | 2:13 PM

Even those of us who don't follow cricket shouldn't miss the continuing coverage of the attack on the Sri Lankan team visiting Lahore, Pakistan, for an international match. The attack may well prove to be one of the pivotal moves in the complex chessgame of South Asian politics.

Despite the...

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