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10

Oct

If the world is now safe for democracy, one has to wonder whether democracy is safe for the world. When democracy is ascendant, a condition that in the twentieth century attended the winning of hot wars and cold ones, the interventionist spirit flourishes. The effect is heightened when one democratic state becomes dominant, as the United States is now. Peace is the noblest cause of war. If the conditions of peace are lacking, then the country with a capability of creating them may be tempted to do so, whether or not by force. The end is noble, but as a matter of right, Kant insists, no state can intervene in the internal arrangements of another. As a matter of fact, one may notice that intervention, even for worthy ends, often brings more harm than good. The vice to which great powers easily succumb in a multipolar world is inattention; in a bipolar world, overreaction; in a unipolar world, overextention.

- Kenneth Waltz in “Structural Realism after the Cold War”

Food for thought…

25

Sep

"[Located in the heart of London by the river Thames,] King’s College London was founded in by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England." - King’s College London

I’ll be studying my MA in International Relations for one year here at King’s. There are lots of reasons to be excited about that, and the campus itself is definitely one of them. 

Traditional British pub dinner at the White Hart in Waterloo, London, with Stephanie! The menu included Roasted chicken with parsley and thyme, roasted potatoes, and homemade Yorkshire pudding.

(Also, shout-out to the photo bombers in the wide shot. lol) 

Things I’ve learned about traveling in London: 

  • Estimate the time it will take you to get to your destination. Then add an hour. 
  • The double decker buses are a-mazing!!! Pros: Cheaper than the tube and a better way to see the city. Cons: Routes aren’t set in stone. They’re more like guidelines, really. Meaning, if the bus decides to stop in the middle of its route, there’s nothing you can do about it. Except maybe cry, depending on how lost you suddenly find yourself.
  • Google maps is your friend.
  • This is an actual announcement I heard in a tube station in outer London, delivered in a very thick, put-upon British accent: “Ladies and gentlemen. *sigh* I’ve just been informed that service to this station has been suspended, so you’re going to have to find alternative routes, although, quite frankly, I don’t think there are any. So best of luck with that.” And that’s public transportation in London in a nutshell! 
"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
— Samuel Johnson