Monday, March 7, 2011

The Benefits of a Modern Secular Legal System

In "the year 1000 the Middle East’s share of the world’s gross domestic product was larger than Europe’s—10% compared with 9%. By 1700 the Middle East’s share had fallen to just 2% and Europe’s had risen to 22%." Why? Tammy might not like the answer. Read The Economist, The crescent and the company.


UPDATE: Democratic state legislators are also fleeing the party in record numbers.

"The 2010 election was devastating for Democrats across the country, but the South was at the epicenter of the destruction. . .

Since the election, things have gone from bad to worse for Democrats in the South. In Louisiana, the state's attorney general and five state legislators - all Democrats - have switched to the Republican side since the 2010 midterms.

The Republican consolidation of the South over the past two years is hard to dispute. But is it a permanent reality or simply the latest swing of the political pendulum in the region? Not surprisingly, the two parties offer vastly different assessments."

Read the Washington Post, Will the South stay solidly Republican?

"Lawmaking can be a frustrating business, especially when you're outnumbered. But some Democratic state legislators have recently embraced a simple tool to gain leverage: the empty chair." Read the Washington Post, Democratic legislators embracing tactic to gain leverage: Fleeing.

A sad commentary on the the party.