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Entries from June 2016

We’ve got you covered

June 30th, 2016 · No Comments

“You may not be interested in the Revolution, but the Revolution is interested in you.” – Leon Trotsky

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War

Busted flat

June 29th, 2016 · No Comments

“The U.S. soldiers who fought in World War II had the great Depression as their defining experience. Men aged twenty-one in 1941 were nine when the depression began and, regardless of locale, had been through a soul-searching experience along with their families. This period was marked by a dramatic fall in the value of stocks; […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Robert Sterling Rush · The Second World War

The man who fell to art

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

“The most interesting thing for an artist is to pick through the debris of a culture, to look at what’s been forgotten or not really taken seriously. Once something is categorized and accepted, it becomes part of the tyranny of the mainstream, and it loses its potency.” – David Bowie (interviewed by Michael Kimmelman in […]

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Tags: Verandah · Vizarts

No rest for the weary

June 27th, 2016 · No Comments

“Eternal involvement is the price of democracy.” – George Scialabba, “Only Words”

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Tags: George Scialabba · Politics & Law

Pricey little fubar, too

June 26th, 2016 · No Comments

“The invasion of Iraq was initially portrayed as a response to threats to American security. When these were exposed as nonexistent (indeed, fabricated), a new marketing strategy, ‘democracy promotion,’ was devised by the government and eagerly swallowed by a docile intelligentsia. Meanwhile, the occupying forces moved immediately to accomplish the invasion’s real goals: construction of […]

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Politics & Law

Transcendence must transcend

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

“God’s Word is no longer grace, and grace itself is no longer grace, if we ascribe to man a predisposition towards this Word, a possibility of knowledge regarding it, that is intrinsically and independently native to him.” – Karl Barth, The Church Dogmatics

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Tags: The Ancients · Verandah

I’d rather not think about it

June 24th, 2016 · No Comments

“Religion’s essence is neither thinking nor acting, but intuition and feeling.” – Friedrich Schleiermacher, On Religion

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Tags: Politics & Law · Verandah

So, good luck with all that

June 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

“Apart from good life-conduct, anything which the human being supposes that he can do to become well-pleasing to God is merely religious delusion and counterfeit service to God.” – Immanuel Kant, Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

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Tags: Immanuel Kant · Lit & Crit

To paraphrase Mr. Clemens

June 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

“People are impressed with numbers, but the mere existence of data that can be quantified and manipulated is no guarantee of valid results.” – John J. Lentini, Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation, Second Edition

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Tags: Economics · Mathematics · Politics & Law

Exploiting the opportunities

June 21st, 2016 · No Comments

“Any progressive aspects present in capitalist societies stem from resistance to the dependency-creating, de-skilling logic of capitalism, and from ideological, legal, political and physical resistance to capitalist excesses.” – Spencer Dimmock, “The Eastern Origins of Capitalism?”

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Elementary, my dear Watson

June 20th, 2016 · No Comments

“It is from the behavior of the stronger that the weaker learn either respect or contempt for the law.” – George Scialabba, “Facing Orwell’s Way”

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Tags: George Scialabba · Politics & Law

If I was a carpenter . . .

June 19th, 2016 · No Comments

“Pinned down by the shelling, TF 2 suffered twenty-three casualties during the course of the day [August 11, 1944]. . . . The Americans were desperate enough to ask the local civilians for volunteers willing to go aloft to pinpoint the hidden German batteries. A carpenter from St.-Barthelemy, Victor Guerinel, answered the call. Guerinel, who […]

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Tags: The Second World War

Harder to burn than thatch

June 18th, 2016 · No Comments

“The flame spread rating of a piece of kiln-dried spruce might be twice that of red oak, but it is exceedingly difficult to ignite, say, a 2 x 4 with anything short of a large fire. Just try lighting a piece of timber with a blowtorch; it goes out when the flame is removed.” – […]

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Tags: Other Stuff

Tamping down, spinning up

June 17th, 2016 · No Comments

“The speed and completeness of the German victory in western Europe in 1940 resulted in the absence of any significant plans for resistance to occupation. Shocked by military defeat and cowed by the full weight of the Nazis’ well-honed forces of repression, opposition to German rule was initially unco-ordinated and small scale. Instead, large sections […]

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Tags: John Keegan · Politics & Law · The Second World War

Fool me once, shame on you

June 16th, 2016 · No Comments

“So thoroughly did the Soviet and Chinese Communists betray the ideals in whose name they seized power, and so ruthlessly did they silence nearly everyone who protested that betrayal, that the ideals themselves are in danger of being forgotten. But many of the wisest and bravest men and women of the 20th century began by […]

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Politics & Law

Why it may be so

June 15th, 2016 · No Comments

“A hypothesis is important if it ‘explains’ much by little, that is, if it abstracts the common and crucial elements from the mass of complex and detailed circumstances surrounding the phenomena to be explained and permits valid predictions on the basis of them alone. To be important, therefore, a hypothesis must be descriptively false in […]

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Tags: Economics · Milton Friedman

Pin the tail on the theory

June 14th, 2016 · No Comments

“The choice among alternative hypotheses equally consistent with the available evidence must to some extent be arbitrary, though there is general agreement that relevant considerations are suggested by the criteria ‘simplicity’ and ‘fruitfulness,’ themselves notions that defy completely objective specification. A theory is ‘simpler’ the less the initial knowledge needed to make a prediction within […]

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Tags: Economics · Milton Friedman

There is no proof in any pudding

June 13th, 2016 · No Comments

“The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of its predictions with experience. The hypothesis is rejected if its predictions are contradicted (‘frequently’ or more often than predictions from an alternative hypothesis); it is accepted if its predictions are not contradicted; great confidence is attached to it if it has survived […]

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Tags: Economics · Milton Friedman

The there there

June 12th, 2016 · No Comments

“Viewed as a language, theory has no substantive content; it is a set of tautologies. Its function is to serve as a filing system for organizing empirical material and facilitating our understanding of it; and the criteria by which it is to be judged are those appropriate to a filing system. Are, the categories clearly […]

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Tags: Economics · Milton Friedman

One dollar, one vote

June 11th, 2016 · No Comments

“Who controls the American government? In a weak, formal sense, the people control the government, by voting. But that’s a very weak sense. In a strong sense, business controls the government: by financing parties and candidates, by controlling news media, by shaping public opinion, and ultimately, if all else fails, by moving capital out of […]

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Politics & Law

One man’s opinion

June 10th, 2016 · No Comments

“Before you dismiss any opinion, no matter how foolish it seems, you should ask, with an open mind: ‘What’s the evidence for it?’ ” – George Scialabba, “What Is American Foreign Policy About?”

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Politics & Law

Paving the road to hell

June 9th, 2016 · No Comments

“In an actively cruel and stigmatizing society, those who ‘ally’ themselves with a marginalized or oppressed demographic often give themselves an uncritical pass. Too often, good intentions alone are assumed by ‘allies’ to be enough to help the other, and that this well-wishing is praiseworthy.” – Jake Jackson, “ ‘Allies’ of Depression: Epistemic Injustice, Stigmatizing […]

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Tags: Politics & Law

These days we have a pill for that

June 8th, 2016 · No Comments

“In 1865, when Bruckner was nearly forty, he first hear Wagner’s music in Linz. He was overwhelmed. The experience fueled his own need to compose. His latent genius began to ripen, and he composed the D minor mass, an orchestral overture in G minor, and several choruses for male voices. Most important, he began sketching […]

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Tags: Other Stuff

Come promise with me

June 7th, 2016 · No Comments

“The idea that the individual’s autonomy and authenticity can decisively and irrefragably be secured simply by insisting on the point that her motivations really are her own motivations is what Soviet theorists used to called naïve or even bourgeois individualism; it is the one-person-case analogue of the idea, in political theory, that the party that […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Sophie-Grace Chappell

Free to be unfree

June 6th, 2016 · No Comments

“My being non-alienated cannot be the same thing as what I would naturally do, not at least if what I would naturally do is supposed to mean what I would do anyway. ‘What I would do anyway’ is an incomplete phrase, and therefore, one without determinate sense. ‘Anyway’ means ‘in the absence of preventing factors […]

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Tags: Sophie-Grace Chappell

And that’s the reason

June 5th, 2016 · No Comments

“To understand a practice is to come to grasp the reasons that that practice gives you—reasons that are not intelligible from outside the practice. Induction into the rôle of participant in the practice entails induction into the reasons characteristic and definitive of the practice. So by adopting the rôle I learn—and before that, commit myself […]

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Tags: Sophie-Grace Chappell