History

A Fairly Evil Man

My wife is a somewhat prominent America historian and so it is with some trepidation that I disagree with her about FDR. It seems to me that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a nasty person who ranks among the ten worst presidents in our history. JoEllen doesn’t think he is in the top ten Terribles but does not supply her ranking. She agrees that at his worst, few compare with him for evil. His worst moment was his acquiescence in the...

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Good Anarchism And Bad Anarchy

ANARCHISM is a philosophical view about how the world should be structured. It preaches; it does not act. On the other hand, ANARCHY may be the more or less successful collection of reflective and violent efforts to disrupt a state it suspects of apropriating the status quo by such weak-willed philosophies as the preaching of anarchism. Anarchists who preach ANARCHISM are mild mannered members of conventionally ordered capitalistic...

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Wagner And Hitler… In Love

Ezra Pound set the precedent. Widely regarded as the best of the best, so far as poetry is concerned, Pound received big bucks when he was awarded the Bollingen Prize. This set up a great furor because Pound had advanced from fascist follower of Mussolini to rabid supporter of Hitler and nazism. Many of the literati questioned his getting a prize, as if to honor his viciousness. Can one separate the artist from the man? In my opinion, one...

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You Can’t Go Home Again

For some people, the music in this video is the thing. For most of us, I hope, it is an astonishing revelation of the way the world turns. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=L7N6slVrQeY&vq=medium

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ODE TO IMMORTALITY

IN MEMORIAM Ronald Dworkin 1931 – 2013 “Without dignity our lives are only blinks of duration. But if we manage to lead a good life well, we create something more. We write a subscript to our mortality. We make our lives tiny diamonds in the cosmic sands.” ********************* Excerpted from Ronald Dworkin’s final masterpiece, JUSTICE FOR...

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The Atlantic Boobs Club

Having nothing better to do with his life, the editor of the 155 year old Atlantic magazine asked his resident geniuses, “What date most changed the course of history?” Quickly, they plunged in. Naturally, being boobs, they had nothing worthwhile to tell us but that did not deter them from pontificating. The right answer should have been, “Get lost, prick” but here are the answers they gave: Ken Burns – June 28,...

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