World War I

Plus Ca Change, Plus C’est La Meme Chose!

Plus Ca Change, Plus C’est La Meme Chose!

anger, citizenship, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Ezra Pound, Fear, hate, Islam, justice, peace and justice, Politics, Quasi-War, Rationality, Religion, T. S. Eliot, Tolerance, Uncategorized, violence, World War I
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently said that "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." Mayor Emanuel is right. In the case of the present neo-Weimar-ian Zeitgeist in the US, one of the things – no doubt, among many others – that “you think you could not do before” is to teach the Nation some history, and thereby, one may hope, nurture some sense of perspective. The point in doing so is not to induce a relaxation of vigilance or concern, perhaps not even of alarm, but to avert the kind of “carpet-bomb-‘em-til-the-sand-glows” hysteria that serves no purpose except to impair rational thought by providing fuel for the Willy Wonka Demagogue Factory that the Republican Party seems to have becom