Talking to myself about foreign policy, US politics, technology, &c.


Writing editorials usually demands a higher-than-average dose of crumugenlyosity. One has to be Offended by Something, be Deploring the State of Affairs, or Generally Tut-tutting the fact that No One Does What We Suggest.

We’re going to take a break from that today and instead muse for a moment on how much we have to be thankful for around here. As second years, our time in the halcyon land of Fletcher is moving all to fast, and we’re really sorry to see it running out. We’ve been very grateful for all the awesome faculty who actually take the time to keep their doors open for students to wander in and chat. It’s awfully nice to go to a school where teaching isn’t seen as an inconvenient distraction for the teachers. We like our pretty little school on the hill, and will preemptively be grateful for the fact that the plywood will be gone next term and we’ll have our good ol’ HoF.

We’re grateful for the fact that the Constitutional concept of "checks and balances" may actually exist next year, and that American democracy is a little more resilient than your editors had feared.

We’re thankful that international conflicts have been dropping so much since the end of the Cold War. There are fewer now than at any time in ages. Of course, if this continues indefinitely the foreign policy job market will suffer, but I suppose we can make sacrifices, too. On a related note, we’re glad that there are an awful lot of people out there who are less poor now than they were when we were born. Correlation does not prove causation, but you never know.

We’re thankful that, thanks to Borat, perhaps 5% of Americans have now heard of Kazakstan.

Mostly, we’re grateful for all you wonderful Fletcher folks out there. This school is what it is because you Fletcher peeps are who you are. Keep it up, and go stuff yourself to bursting with turkey. Or
tofurky, if that’s more up your alley. Best to enjoy the Tryptophan coma, since we all know that the grim spectre of finals lurks just around the corner. We’re not too thankful for that.

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