JFK must have failed Geography 101

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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5 Responses to JFK must have failed Geography 101

  1. Thomas says:

    Perhaps he was speaking of the economic South. South/North, not as a geographical statement, but as a way of delineating the fully industrialized from the non-industrialized parts of the world has been popular bit of parlance in political science circles for decades.

  2. Ah, but the North-South *divide* has no qualms disregarding the physical equator. In that regard, JFK was right on the money. And he probably wouldn’t have bisected Soviet Russia between Europe and Siberia, heh heh.

  3. jon says:

    I assume President Kennedy gave this speech after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. If so, I think he was trying to be a realist. He was a believer in containment of Communism. Essentially, you have gone this far and no further. We won’t attack those areas that are already under Communist rule, but will contest every bit of ground that is non-Communist or just contested ground.(S. Vietnam)

    His views were remarkably similar to the later views of President Reagan. He believed that the dynamism of the Western capitalist economy would in time far outpace the sclerotic Communist economies and allow the West to have more and better guns, with ample supplies of butter.

  4. If you say the Southern half of the world’s landmass, where the humans live, he was pretty much right. Anyway, this is one of those cases where we use a commonly understood shorthand, that is not strictly correct, but to elaborate and qualify it would be pedantic. We still think of “the Global South” and we understand the expression and it has utility.

  5. Bishop Smith says:

    The cartoon is from xkcd.com. It is meant to be humorous, I’m quite sure that the writer is well aware of the concept of the ‘Global South’.

    This is one of my favourite of his comics: xkcd.com/690/