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Unto The Breach

Here we go again! Political mechanics (rather than celestial mechanics, quantum mechanics, or auto mechanics) brings the Silly Season of a presidential election around once more. 1,092 more words


A Great Argument for Welcoming Refugees

Conclusion of Roger Cohen’s column in The New York Times, January 14:

The United States, between the 1880s and 1924, admitted about 4 million Italian immigrants. 59 more words

Rage Against the Machine

Imagine that. They had it right all along, the science fiction prognosticators, the paranoid prophets who saw in early computers a danger to humanity. The Terminator, Clark’s 2001 A Space Odyssey, Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – all envisioning a world where the created over takes the creator, where the machines rise up and rebel, changing the course of history forever. 462 more words

Dark Days

So now we have 12/2 to go along with 9/11. And while the death and injury this time isn’t of the magnitude it was 14 years ago, the hysteria seems to be greater. 698 more words


Black Earth

Black Earth – The Holocaust As History and Warning
By Timothy Snyder
The Bodley Head – £25.00

The Holocaust is not only history, but warning. 1,332 more words


Leon Wieseltier: We're Inebriated with Technology

Drew Gilpin Faust: You’ve said that we’re inebriated by technology. If we weren’t inebriated, what would we be doing instead?

Leon Wieseltier: We would be living more slowly to begin with. 694 more words


I can’t stand Bibi but he’s right on Iran, says eminent US intellectual

by Raphael Ahren
August 12, 2015

Leon Wieseltier talks tough on Netanyahu (‘dislike at first sight’), Obama being the first president to not have a special feeling for Israel, the dangers from Tehran, and presidential candidates ‘sucking up’ to America’s Jews… 149 more words

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