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        Monday, February 13, 2006
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        I am looking forward to reading Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah’s latest book Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in the World of Strangers. I watched his interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS (my self-appointed critique of my blog site, my sister, has told me to spell things out – so, PBS = Public Broadcast Service of the United States of America), and it was very interesting to hear Dr. Appiah describe the gap between societal and governmental cosmopolitanism. Governments have to do a lot of catching up with ever cosmopolitanizing world. Look where blogging has got while the US government is still fussing about wardrobe malfunction.

        I hope that Dr. Appiah has the time to turn his book into simple guide for the US administration – for those who don’t have much time to read (like Mr. Cheney who’s going to be busy taking shooting classes before the next quail hunting season. You didn’t hear? He accidentally shot and injured a man while hunting quails.)

        I also think that Dr. Appiah's work should be used as a text book for schools and collages across the US. If not (mainly because the government would rather spend money on something else than education), they should have at least his Dictionary of Global Culture in each school. Check out his bio and see for yourself. Enjoy learning about “the other” – after all we’re not that different from each other!

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          At 12:47 PM, Blogger Distar said…

          saw that interview as well , and intend to pick up Kwame's book as soon as I get through the pile I'm reading now.

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