Feb. 6th, 2017


Feb. 6th, 2017 06:25 pm
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Kurt Vonnegut: "What if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well." [Hitch, "Arguably"] ... ... Orwell is reviewing a book in 1945 that expresses a sad realization that communism is inevitable. Quoting Palinurus: "Sooner or later the population of England will turn Communist, and then it will take over. Some form of Communism is the only effective religion for the working class; its coming is therefore as inevitable as was that of Christianity. the Liberal Die-hard then comes to occupy historically the same position as the 'good pagan': he is doomed to extinction." [Essays, p. 816] There was quite a bit of this at the time. Mann also expresses this viewpoint in "Magic Mountain" through Naphta. They obviously under-estimated the power of wealth & technology to keep the masses cowed. ... ... Crowing over Capablanca's achieved position against Tartakover (1924), Irving Chernev declaimed, "Good players always seem to hold the high cards." ... ... Scott Pelley of CBS News: "It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality." ... ... David Frum: 'My 15 YO persuaded me to watch “The Bachelor” with her for the first time. I no longer believe this country can be saved.' Ross Douthat said, "The Trump phenomenon is generally much more believable the more reality television one has watched."


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