Category Archives: Letters from the Provinces

A Letter from the Provinces: On Riddance, as in Good

by Patrick Baker                                                             January 19, 2009 The corks are set to pop here in the provinces as the most unpopular president in the history of American empire is set to go back to doing what he does best: clear brush … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Provinces: On Corruption

by Patrick Baker                                                                              December 12, 2008 We in the provinces are gleefully following the story of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. How can one take delight in such an abuse of power? Well, how can one not? Especially if you’re from Detroit, which … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Provinces: On Confidence

by Patrick Baker                                                                November 26, 2008 A lack of confidence in America – in both senses of the phrase – is wreaking chaos at home and in the provinces. First it caused the mortgage bubble to burst, then giant insurance and … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Provinces: On the Promise of Obama’s Leadership

by Patrick Baker                                                                 November 8, 2008 In the provinces, Obama’s election seems to amount to nothing less than the promise of a new world order. Those of us with direct experience of American politics, however, know that Obama’s promise is … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Provinces: On McCain’s Final Days of Desperation

by Patrick Baker                                                                 November 2, 2008 In the provinces we have been bewildered by the McCain campaign’s last desperate attempts to save itself from oblivion. Bewildered, and disquieted. Ever since the selection of Sarah Palin, we have watched with mounting … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Provinces: On Hate Speech in the Presidential Campaign

by Patrick Baker                                                                 October 11, 2008 The news has reached us in the provinces that hate speech is creeping into the presidential campaign. The press and the pundits are salivating over recent incidents of stump-speech frenzied zealots screaming out “kill … Continue reading

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A Letter from the Provinces: On the Ownership Society

by Patrick Baker                                                                 October 6, 2008 The recent economic meltdown has made us in the provinces familiar with a phrase we had never actually heard before: the ownership society. After years of assuming that George Bush had as little an … Continue reading

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