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Entries from October 2016

A plea for no excuses

October 31st, 2016 · No Comments

“The army and navy were nominally subordinate to the emperor. But if Hirohito had attempted to defy the hard-liners during the years before and after Pearl Harbor, it is likely that the palace would have been physically attacked, as indeed it was in August 1945. He himself might well have been overthrown. Like most surviving […]

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Tags: Max Hastings · The Second World War

The ghost in the machine

October 30th, 2016 · No Comments

“The leaders of Nazi Germany existed in a gangster ethos. Most of the rulers of Japan, by contrast, were men of high birth, possessed of cultural and educational advantages which made the conduct of their wartime offices seem all the more deplorable, both practically and morally. At the lonely pinnacle stood the emperor, forty-three years […]

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Tags: Max Hastings · Politics & Law · The Second World War

The unsentimental education

October 29th, 2016 · No Comments

“Chen Jinyu was a sixteen-year-old peasant girl, planting rice for the Japanese occupiers of Jiamao, her village. One day, she was informed by the Japanese that she was being transferred to a ‘battlefront rear-service group.’ She said: ‘Because I was young, I had no idea what this meant, but I thought any duty must be […]

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Tags: Max Hastings · The Second World War

You are all under arrest

October 28th, 2016 · No Comments

“The jurisdiction of the nation within its own territory is necessarily exclusive and absolute. It is susceptible of no limitation not imposed by itself.” – Chief Justice John Marshall, The Schooner Exchange v. McFaddon

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Tags: Politics & Law

This is for the good of all

October 27th, 2016 · No Comments

“Every imperial project—in fact, virtually every public undertaking of every modern state—is accompanied by declarations of benevolent intention, more or less frequent and elaborate according to the scale of the undertaking and the degree of skepticism anticipated. These declarations have no evidentiary value. They are part of the manufacture of consent in democratic, and even […]

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Tags: George Scialabba · Politics & Law

I shall wear my trousers rolled

October 26th, 2016 · No Comments

“My problem is: I’m a sheep. I’m afraid a lot. Not on the surface; I lead a quiet life and get through most days without any need to be brave. On the very rare occasions when a smidgen of courage is required, I can usually do the right thing – because I’m worried about what […]

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Tags: George Scialabba · Lit & Crit

We might give this a try

October 25th, 2016 · No Comments

“There is no defense or security for any of us except in the highest intelligence and development of all.” – Booker T. Washington, “1895 Atlanta Exposition Address”

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

Still working on it

October 24th, 2016 · No Comments

“We shall prosper in proportion as we learn to dignify and glorify common labour, and put brains and skill into the common occupations of life; shall prosper in proportion as we learn to draw the line between the superficial and the substantial, the ornamental gewgaws of life and the useful.” – Booker T. Washington, “1895 […]

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Tags: Economics · Verandah

How to spend ’em if you got ’em

October 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

“This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: To set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which […]

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Tags: Economics · Verandah

Listen closely to the distant whisper

October 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

“More often than not, the still, small voice of our genius requires many decades to get our attention.” – George Scialabba, “Self-Reliance: A Syllabus”

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Tags: George Scialabba · Verandah

My bag, my bundle, my bone

October 21st, 2016 · No Comments

“Only very wise people know how much they can do without before wasting many years doing with.” – George Scialabba, “Self-Reliance: A Syllabus”

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Lit & Crit · Verandah

Insert scream here

October 20th, 2016 · No Comments

“Know thyself? If I truly knew myself, I should run screaming in the opposite direction.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Tags: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe · Lit & Crit

Corrupting miasma

October 19th, 2016 · No Comments

“A world in which gangsters can rule nations and almost rule cities, in which hotels and apartment houses and celebrated restaurants are owned by rich men who made their money out of brothels, in which a screen star can be the finger man for a mob, and the nice man down the hall is a […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Raymond Chandler

Every eye dotted

October 18th, 2016 · No Comments

“The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers.” – Raymond Chandler, “The Simple Art of Murder”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Raymond Chandler

For any sake

October 17th, 2016 · No Comments

“There are no vital and significant forms of art; there is only art, and precious little of that.” – Raymond Chandler, “The Simple Art of Murder”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Raymond Chandler

Try it sometime

October 16th, 2016 · No Comments

“Honesty is not only the best policy; it is a necessary condition of good prose style.” – George Scialabba, “Honesty: A Syllabus”

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Tags: George Scialabba · Lit & Crit

Fair and balanced

October 15th, 2016 · No Comments

“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he […]

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Tags: John Stuart Mill · Politics & Law

And that’s the truth

October 14th, 2016 · No Comments

“The liar’s punishment is not that he is not believed but that he cannot believe anyone else.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Tags: George Bernard Shaw · Lit & Crit

The green flash

October 13th, 2016 · No Comments

“In the process of decline a civilization may, from time to time, rally for a while; but it is the overall trajectory, the structural properties of the situation, that ultimately determine the outcome.” – Morris Berman, Dark Ages America

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Tags: Verandah

Free loaves at the circus tonight

October 12th, 2016 · No Comments

“The unrestricted movement of capital, the ultima ratio of American foreign and domestic policy, requires weak or corrupt—in any case, acquiescent—governments, since otherwise they might try to improve their bargaining position by combining with other governments and encouraging labor organization. Ineffectual governments and labor unions in turn require a weakening of impulses toward cooperation, solidarity, […]

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Politics & Law

Word up

October 11th, 2016 · No Comments

“Avoid swimming in places where you may resemble part of the food chain.” – The Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Guide

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

But they’re such nice people

October 10th, 2016 · No Comments

“If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a weekend with your parents.” – Bob Walker (quoted by Jean Stein in West of Eden)

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Tags: Verandah

Proper places all

October 9th, 2016 · No Comments

“The Nazi state’s sacrifice of the economic and intellectual potential of its women citizens came back to haunt the regime, just as the backward attitude of the Third Reich toward scientific research had undesired consequences in a surprisingly short space of time. While the leading Nazis obstructed the work of serious scientists or supported it […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Second World War

Equation

October 8th, 2016 · No Comments

“In proportion as the body grows fat, so does the soul wither away.” – Abba Daniel of Skettis

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Tags: Economics · Other Stuff · Verandah

Prussic acid bath

October 7th, 2016 · No Comments

“Bearing the brunt of Russian hatred, East Prussia suffered the most terrible fate of all the occupied areas. The land was left devastated for several years. Houses were wither burned or stripped down to the most basic fittings. Even light bulbs had been taken by peasant soldiers who had no electricity at home. The farms […]

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Tags: Antony Beevor · Economics · The Second World War

Getting on with it

October 6th, 2016 · No Comments

“Women in Berlin just wanted to get life back to some semblance of normality. The most common sight in Berlin became the Trümmerfrauen, the ‘rubble women’, forming human chains with buckets to clear smashed buildings and salvage bricks. Many of the German men left in the city were either in hiding or had collapsed with […]

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Tags: Antony Beevor · Economics · The Second World War

A carton for a concubine

October 5th, 2016 · No Comments

“In Berlin, the black-market exchange rate was based on Zigarettenwährung—‘cigarette currency’—so when American soldiers arrived with almost limitless cartons at their disposal, they did not need to rape. The definition of rape had become blurred into sexual coercion. A gun or physical violence became unnecessary when women faced starvation.” – Antony Beevor, The Fall of […]

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Tags: Anton Chekhov · Economics · The Second World War

Whatever it takes

October 4th, 2016 · No Comments

“The reactions of German women to the experience of rape varied greatly. For many victims, especially protected young girls who had little idea of what was being done to them, the psychological effects could be devastating. Relationships with men became extremely difficult, often for the rest of their lives. Mothers were in general far more […]

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Tags: Antony Beevor · The Second World War

Ploughed and ploughing

October 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

“The worst mistake of the German military authorities had been their refusal to destroy alcohol stocks in the path of the Red Army’s advance. The decision was based on the idea that a drunken enemy could not fight. Tragically for the female population however, it was exactly what Red Army soldiers seemed to need to […]

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Tags: Antony Beevor · The Second World War

What we don’t want the girls to know

October 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

“Rape has often been defined by writers on the subject as an act of violence which has little to do with sex. But this is a definition from the victim’s perspective. . . . In war, undisciplined soldiers without fear of retribution can rapidly revert to a primitive male sexuality . . . a dark […]

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Tags: Antony Beevor · The Second World War