Here's what I read in passing during tea breaks though.
First off, a good post by FMoaK:
"Democracy, in the sense of ownership, control and accountability, should be central to the institutions that are supposed to ensure our collective well-being and security. However, just when it is most needed it has gone missing, displaced by a creeping authoritarianism."I'd be interested to hear his take on the causes for the collapse in that democratic accountability though.
Gene has a good post on why the media in liberal democracies are incapable of defending liberal democracy against it's rivals. Gene offers argument where I just offered a bit of spleen.
And finally, posted a few days ago, but still worth a look;
Ellee Seymour on the French elections being fought in the blogosphere.
S'all for now.