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Not Mark Simpson this time, but Richard Nash. Soft Skull are starting up a series of occasional free downloadable iPamphlets. The first is Bush and Putin as Leaders by Jonathan Becker, which is downloadable here, with more to follow in the Soft Skull Samizdat series of 21st century Paine-esque literature:
"The actions of the Bush Administration point to a great irony. Fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, America and Russia are undergoing a form of convergence of sorts. However, rather than Russia adopting liberal democracy and a market economy, as so many had predicted, the United States may be moving closer to a more traditionally Russian notion of managed democracy, in which executive authority reigns and the rights of citizens take a back seat to the needs of the state..."