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I keep realizing I haven’t mentioned the horrifying tragedy in Burma and then realizing I’m not sure what I could possibly say about the horrifying tragedy in Burma. But I suppose one thing to say is that, as is usually the case in these situation, you’ve got a natural disaster which is then compounded by bad, unaccountable government (sort of like Katrina amped-up by a few orders of magnitude) of the sort that really only an autocracy can bring you. It’s a reminder that we should be fairly confident that, over the long haul, democratically governed nations can survive and prosper in ways that it’s very difficult for dictatorships to do.

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