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Entries from March 2017

At Kahun

March 31st, 2017 · No Comments

Tetman Callis

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Tags: Words

The book of faces

March 30th, 2017 · No Comments

“Many were shot—thousands at first, then hundreds of thousands. We divide, we multiply, we sigh, we curse. But still and all, these are just numbers. They overwhelm the mind and they are easily forgotten. And if someday the relatives of those who have been shot were to send one publisher photographs of their executed kin, […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Candles in the rain

March 29th, 2017 · No Comments

“With the exception of a very limited number of parliamentary democracies, during a very limited number of decades, the history of nations is entirely a history of revolutions and seizures of power. And whoever succeeds in making a more successful and more enduring revolution is from that moment on graced with the bright robes of […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

One and the same

March 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“The God of Plato and Aristotle, of Plotinus and Augustine, of Aquinas and Bonaventure, of Newman and C. S. Lewis; the eternal immutable, infinite, ubiquitous, omnipotent, omniscient Supreme Being, Unmoved Mover, ens realissimum, whose existence is identical with His essence and who is without body, parts, or passions, is one of the sublimest achievements of […]

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Tags: Aristotle · Friedrich Nietzsche · George Scialabba · Lit & Crit · Plato

Keep it simple, smarty

March 27th, 2017 · No Comments

“Complexity of vision, intellectual doubt, humane tolerance are often a handicap in politics.” – Irving Howe, Socialism and America

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Tags: Politics & Law

Skeert ‘n’ compliant

March 26th, 2017 · No Comments

“The court must not exclude terror. It would be self-deception or deceit to promise this, and in order to provide it with a foundation and to legalize it in a principled way, clearly and without hypocrisy and without embellishment, it is necessary to formulate it as broadly as possible, for only revolutionary righteousness and a […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Politics & Law

Shake it up, baby, twist and shout

March 25th, 2017 · No Comments

“Terror is a powerful means of policy and one would have to be a hypocrite not to understand this.” – Leon Trotsky (quoted by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago (trans. Whitney))

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War

Phoenix

March 24th, 2017 · No Comments

“There is a simple truth which one can learn only through suffering: in war not victories are blessed but defeats. Governments need victories and the people need defeats. Victory gives rise to the desire for more victories. But after a defeat it is freedom that men desire—and usually attain. A people needs defeat just as […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

And they should remain in their proper places

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“The foundation stones of a great building are destined to groan and be pressed upon; it is not for them to crown the edifice.” – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (trans. Whitney)

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit

Sentimental journey

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

“Cruelty is invariably accompanied by sentimentality. It is the law of complementaries. For example, in the case of the Germans, the combination is a national trait.” – Arnold Susi, (quoted by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago (trans. Whitney))

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit

You could line them all up over there

March 21st, 2017 · No Comments

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit

Fries up crispy

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments

“Pride grows in the human heart like lard on a pig.” – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (trans. Whitney)

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Lit & Crit · Verandah

The walking dead

March 19th, 2017 · No Comments

“How can you stand your ground when you are weak and sensitive to pain, when people you love are still alive, when you are unprepared? What do you need to make you stronger than the interrogator and the whole trap? From the moment you go to prison you must put your cozy past firmly behind […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Politics & Law

Not like it is today

March 18th, 2017 · No Comments

“If the intellectuals in the plays of Chekhov who spent all their time guessing what would happen in twenty, thirty, or forty years had been told that in forty years interrogation by torture would be practiced in Russia; that prisoners would have their skulls squeezed within iron rings; that a human would be lowered into […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Politics & Law

The treason of the exhausted

March 17th, 2017 · No Comments

“A district Party conference was under way in Moscow Province. It was presided over by a new secretary of the District Party Committee, replacing one recently arrested. At the conclusion of the conference a tribute to Comrade Stalin was called for. Of course, everyone stood up . . . . The small hall echoed with […]

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Tags: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn · Politics & Law

The end of the world and we missed it

March 16th, 2017 · No Comments

“All too often ‘modernity’ has meant nothing more than the assault of capitalism on tradition, with enlightenment nowhere in view. Commodification, wage labor, and mass production have drastically undermined craft, regional, ethnic, religious, and even familial loyalties and virtues, substituting only the abstract disciplines of the market. Industrial capitalism may be readier than traditional societies […]

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Politics & Law

You’re a big boy now

March 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“The infant’s and child’s outsized fantasies — of omnipotence and terrified helplessness, of rage and undifferentiated union, and so on — must gradually be worn down, reduced to human scale. And this inward, intensive identification — different from the outward-turning, assimilative identification that enlarges our sympathies — is what gives us human shape, psychically speaking, […]

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Tags: George Scialabba

Is it ever

March 14th, 2017 · No Comments

“On a warm day, and all alone, it was not easy to die. Death could be slighted or even ignored close by; but when the time came to meet it unexpectedly, no man could find it in himself not to cry silently or aloud for just one more reprieve to keep the world from ending.” […]

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Tags: The Korean War

Goes the same for women

March 13th, 2017 · No Comments

“Anything that men would willingly die for had to be considered seriously.” – James Salter, The Hunters

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Tags: The Korean War

Seemingly willingly

March 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“The Korean War ended inconclusively on 27 July 1953. Not until long afterward was it even dignified by the name of war—the government euphemism was Korean conflict—and it rapidly became the most forgotten war in American history. There was little in it, from near-disastrous beginning to honorable but frustrating end, that appealed to American sensibilities. […]

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There you have it

March 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops—no, but the kind of man the country turns out.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Society and Solitude”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Ralph Waldo Emerson

The truth will out

March 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“A diplomat’s words must have no relation to actions—otherwise what kind of diplomacy is it? Words are one thing, actions another. Good words are a concealment of bad deeds. Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or iron wood.” – Josef V. Stalin (as quoted by T. E. Fehrenbach in This Kind of […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Korean War

And to every other living being

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“From the time man first raised fist to man, the lot of prisoners of war has been hard. The ancient peoples sometimes crucified captives; they invariably enslaved them, for life. From the time of Peter of Dreux, who burned out the eyes of prisoners, with hot irons, to the captives of Stalingrad and the hell […]

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Tags: The Forever War · The Korean War

Snowflakes and hailstones

March 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“The values composing civilization and the values required to protect it are normally at war. Civilization values sophistication, but in an armed force sophistication is a millstone. The Athenian commanders before Salamis, it is reported, talked of art and of the Acropolis, in sight of the Persian fleet. Beside their own campfires, the Greek hoplites […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Korean War

An unintended side-effect

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments

“There is no getting around the fact that cops and sergeants spoil your fun.” – T. E. Fehrenbach, This Kind of War

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Tags: The Korean War · Verandah

A man could stand up

March 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“There is much to military training that seems childish, stultifying, and even brutal. But one essential part of breaking men into military life is the removal of misfits—and in the service a man is a misfit who cannot obey orders, any orders, and who cannot stand immense and searing mental and physical pressure. For his […]

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Tags: The Korean War

How to win wars

March 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“Under the Constitution of the United States, Congress holds the power of life and death over the military, and no one would have it otherwise. History has shown very clearly that for democracy to continue, the people, and not the generals or even the executive branch, must have control over the military. The people must […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Korean War

And the winner is . . .

March 4th, 2017 · No Comments

“What is basic and decisive is the strategy of the nation-state, which the political class of every nation devises and then declares to be identical with their country’s interest. The various universalist appeals to the working class or to Christianity, to freedom or to socialism, are merely weapons in the strategy of the nation-state.” – […]

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Tags: Politics & Law

For others, it’s no so hard

March 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“For an intellectual, it is the hardest thing in the world to be both passionate and disinterested, committed and open-minded, eager to convince and willing to listen: to be, in a word, fair.” – George Scialabba, “Why Orwell Matters”  

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Tags: George Orwell · George Scialabba · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

No matter how little sense they may make

March 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“Because old beliefs are not simply displaced but persist within new ones, dominant ideologies cannot be merely refuted but must be demystified, which means that their plausibility must be acknowledged and accounted for.” – George Scialabba, “Moneybags Must Be So Lucky”

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Politics & Law