Question for Comparative Politics Majors
October 21, 2010

M Street in Georgetown Washington DC
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Something I’ve been thinking about a lot is how peculiar DC is compared to the capitals of a lot of other developed or developing countries. See if you can tell which one of these things is not like the other:

  • Washington, DC
  • Tokyo
  • London
  • Paris
  • Moscow
  • Berlin
  • Delhi
  • Beijing
  • Jerusalem
  • Riyadh
  • Prague
  • Buenos Aires
  • Copenhagen
  • Cairo
  • Tehran


All of these cities are not just political capitals, but also major cultural and economic centers in their respective countries. Not so with DC. Granted, there are plenty of countries like that, but the more I think about it, the more it just seems damned odd to me. Surely it must have some kind of impact on the political culture as well. The question is: like what?

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