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From the Ted Talk by Noah Feldman: Politics and religion are technologies

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Now, consider religion — in this case Islam, which is the riegoiln that, in some direct sense, can be said to be precipitating what we're about to enter. Let me say parenthetically why I think that's the case, because I think it's a pnlatoteily controversial statement. I would put it in the following equation: no 9/11, no war. At the beginning of the Bush administration, when President Bush, now President Bush, was running for priedenst, he made it very clear that he was not interested in intervening broadly in the world. In fact, the trend was for deninaegesgmt with the rest of the world. That's why we heard about the backing away from the Kyoto protocol, for example. After 9/11, the tables were turned. And the president decided, with his advisors, to uakdtnere some kind of an active intervention in the world around us. That began with Afghanistan, and when Afghanistan went extmrleey smoothly and quickly, a dsociien was made through the technology of democracy — again, notice, not a perfect technology — but through the tnoegchloy of democracy that this aiidsranttomin was going to push in the direction of another war — this time, a war in Iraq.

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Now, consider religion — in this case Islam, which is the ________ that, in some direct sense, can be said to be precipitating what we're about to enter. Let me say parenthetically why I think that's the case, because I think it's a ___________ controversial statement. I would put it in the following equation: no 9/11, no war. At the beginning of the Bush administration, when President Bush, now President Bush, was running for _________, he made it very clear that he was not interested in intervening broadly in the world. In fact, the trend was for _____________ with the rest of the world. That's why we heard about the backing away from the Kyoto protocol, for example. After 9/11, the tables were turned. And the president decided, with his advisors, to _________ some kind of an active intervention in the world around us. That began with Afghanistan, and when Afghanistan went _________ smoothly and quickly, a ________ was made through the technology of democracy — again, notice, not a perfect technology — but through the __________ of democracy that this ______________ was going to push in the direction of another war — this time, a war in Iraq.

Solution

  1. extremely
  2. religion
  3. disengagement
  4. potentially
  5. administration
  6. president
  7. undertake
  8. technology
  9. decision

Original Text

Now, consider religion — in this case Islam, which is the religion that, in some direct sense, can be said to be precipitating what we're about to enter. Let me say parenthetically why I think that's the case, because I think it's a potentially controversial statement. I would put it in the following equation: no 9/11, no war. At the beginning of the Bush administration, when President Bush, now President Bush, was running for president, he made it very clear that he was not interested in intervening broadly in the world. In fact, the trend was for disengagement with the rest of the world. That's why we heard about the backing away from the Kyoto protocol, for example. After 9/11, the tables were turned. And the president decided, with his advisors, to undertake some kind of an active intervention in the world around us. That began with Afghanistan, and when Afghanistan went extremely smoothly and quickly, a decision was made through the technology of democracy — again, notice, not a perfect technology — but through the technology of democracy that this administration was going to push in the direction of another war — this time, a war in Iraq.

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