Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Maxim and Maxine
The second "Max" communication I received is an image passed along by a friend, whose daughter "Maxine" gives me a mention in this page from her illuminated memoirs:
This bodes well.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Critical Commentary with the Ouija
"Cast this reactionary drivel to the flames. Then everybody
back to work."--Mao Tse Tung"The story of a vicar whose best friend is a cuttlefish. We all
know someone like that."--Evelyn Waugh"I would like to have dinner with the author. There can
be no higher praise."--James Boswell
"With delight and ease this novel exposes such people as have betrayed their civilization and all mankind; and especially that terrible species we know as the 'political scarecrow,' that is the man of straw, ridiculous to all who know of what materials he is made; and to none more so, than to those who have stuffed him, and set him up, as the Priapus of the garden of the golden apples of corruption."-- Thomas Love Peacock"Perfectly esoteric!"--Leo Strauss
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sources for an American Idea of Revolution
important as all these clusters of ideas were, they did not in themselves form a coherent intellectual pattern, and they do not exhaust the elements that went into the making of the Revolutionary frame of mind . . . The ultimate origins of this distinctive ideological strain lay in the radical social thought of the English Civil War, and of the Commonwealth period.
Bailyn goes on to say that the permanent form of the American revolutionary world view had fully formed by the late-seventeenth and early eighteenth-centuries. Interestingly enough but not surprisingly, Milton figures significantly as a progenitor of this opposition theory. If this is true, the American Revolution is properly an outcome of radical “poetical” processes of late-Protestant thought. In more modern terms, this revolutionary mindset is characterized by patterns of investigation sharing close affinities with analytic philosophy and critical synoptics. Before, however, analytic and synoptic perception is possible, thought has to be set free to range beyond the limits of custom and conventional knowledge. Bernard Bailyn. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992).