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In his memoir, Zweig did not excuse himself or his intellectual peers for failing early on to reckon with Hitler’s significance. “The few among writers who had taken the trouble to read Hitler’s book, ridiculed the bombast of his stilted prose instead of occupying themselves with his program,” he wrote. They took him neither seriously nor literally. Even into the nineteen-thirties, “the big democratic newspapers, instead of warning their readers, reassured them day by day, that the movement . . . would inevitably collapse in no time.” Prideful of their own higher learning and cultivation, the intellectual classes could not absorb the idea that, thanks to “invisible wire-pullers”—the self-interested groups and individuals who believed they could manipulate the charismatic maverick for their own gain—this uneducated “beer-hall agitator” had already amassed vast support. After all, Germany was a state where the law rested on a firm foundation, where a majority in parliament was opposed to Hitler, and where every citizen believed that “his liberty and equal rights were secured by the solemnly affirmed constitution.”
Read more at the New Yorker.
Wow! Judging from my Facebook stream, yesterday everybody was Charlie Hebdo. Today, nobody is Charlie Hebdo. Today’s line goes like this: “These killings were terrible, of course. But those cartoons were disgusting! They are racist, sexist, anti-religious, and generally obnoxious. I cannot associate myself with that.” But the “that” that we were associating ourselves with yesterday was not the content – most people didn’t know the content, I’m sure – but the freedom to express your opinion, whatever it might be, without fear of being murdered for it. Back-pedaling today suggests you think that maybe just a little bit they had it coming.
In this world, with those kind of people in it, if you have a view at all, you are Charlie Hebdo to someone.
Zombies of the world, undie!
Are you watching this show? We’ve just started…about 4 episodes into season 1. Amazing! I think this will be the first time an actress wins best actress and best supporting actress for the same show.
I could watch it all night, if I weren’t so tired out from teaching.
It is one awesome show!
I had been hoping to be able to use Markdown to compose my posts. It is a fast and easy way to format text for the web. The more I use it, the faster I get, and the more likely I will be to post more frequently.
It is very good to get organized!
TheWeek.com: 7 ideas from ancient thinkers that will improve your modern life. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwl9yyqR8
The question is whether philosophy ever takes a vacation. The philosopher can go on holiday, of course…or can he/she? Is there ever such a thing as a break from philosophy?
Here I am on vacation, and I think not…
P.s., the above claim is highly ambiguous.
Sure hope so…Is the military the people? We’ll stay tuned….