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C is for Chance

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

(Previously in this series: A is for Anonymous, B is for Beauty)

How can a hard-line communist state sustain itself in a world where capitalism seems triumphant almost everywhere? Cuba can blame all its problems on the US embargo. North Korea has its nuclear weapons. Engelstan, meanwhile, has the lottery.

As part of the celebrations ...

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B is for Beauty

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

It’s not easy being beautiful. Even if you were blessed with the right parents (sparing you the expense of the right plastic surgeon), preserving one’s looks takes the constant effort of diet and exercise, and maximizing their effect requires careful investment in clothes, hair products, and cosmetics. And after all that, if you show your ...

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A is for Anonymous

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

[A few years ago, on my old static Web site, I started a series of essays describing political systems of imaginary countries. I’m revising those old essays and posting them here, and God willing, I’ll continue the series in the weeks and months to come.]


In the United Nations Statistical Handbook, the entry for Vespucci ...

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