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What's your favorite Christmas song ever? Well, I'm willing to bet it's not "The Little Drummer Boy," but beyond that, there's a lot to go with. If you're from one of the largely English-speaking island-nations off the west coast of continental Europe, though, there's not a bad chance it's the ballad "Fairytale of New York," by the great Irish punk / celtic-traditionalist band The Pogues and the (still-heartbreakingly) late British singer Kristy MacColl, from The Pogues' 1988 album If I Should Fall From Grace With God. In the event you don't know this track, Merry Christmas .... In the event you do, Merry Christmas to you, too -- and here's a re-edit you probably haven't heard before.



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He has written for The Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Moscow Times, The Chronicle Herald, and The European Journal of Political Theory. Gould was previously an editor at the Journal of Democracy, co-published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and the National Endowment for Democracy, and a lecturer in history and politics at Yale University. He has also worked with McKinsey & Company's New York-based Knowledge Group on global public- and social-sector development and on the economics of carbon-emissions reduction. Gould has a B.A. in history from McGill University in Montreal, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in politics from Yale. He is from Nova Scotia.

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