For those who wish to escape the omnipresent political discussions you’ll want to skip this post. … Last year The New Yorker published a very insightful article titled The Next World Order. In it Nicholas Lemann takes a very candid look at a collection of developments and documents (particularly the chilling “Rebuilding America’s Defences”) that point towards a rather profound shift in international affairs; a shift that is made considerably more apparent this week with the discrediting/failure of the United Nations. Foreign affairs, of course, is perhaps one of the ultimate forums for generalism – a wide variety of views must come together and fashion some sort of cooperation. Diversity breeds diversity, and diversity fuels progress by providing opportunity for different ideas to rub together and create something better and new.