2005: Bad year for Goliath. How about David?

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Rebecca Solnit reflects on 2005 and finds that it was a bad year for the Goliath’s of this world; which isn’t to say it was a great one for the Davids — the “little people.” Still, the experience of the groups, organizations, publics, and citizenries who stood up for their rights give reason to hope for a more just world. (Read it.)

Tony Judt, author of the monumental Postwar, a history of Europe since 1945, says the fall of Communism changed Europe’s future and its past. (Read it.)

Jack Hitt considers the unhappy lot of George W. Bush, a president who prizes loyalty but now finds that the knives are out for him. (Read it.)


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