Monday, March 09, 2015

 

the Kafkaesque genius of it all



From the book, Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane via Goodreads.com (character of Dr. Rachel Solando): "She smiled darkly and shook her head. 'I'm not crazy. I'm not. Of course what else would a crazy person claim? That's the Kafkaesque genius of it all. If you're not crazy but people have told the world you are, then all your protests to the contrary just underscore their point. Do you see what I'm saying? ... If you are deemed insane, then all actions that would otherwise prove you are not do, in actuality, fall into the framework of an insane person's actions. Your sound protests constitute denial. Your valid fears are deemed paranoia. Your survival instincts are labeled defense mechanisms. It's a no-win situation. It's a death penalty really.' "

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Quotable: Seeing Events

The most difficult thing in the world in connection with history, and the rarest of achievement, is the seeing of events as contemporaries saw them, instead of seeing them through the distorting medium of our later knowledge.

Source: Hilaire Belloc. The Great Heresies (Manassas,VA: Trinity Communications, 1987) p. 127 as quoted in Steve Weidenkopf, The Glory of the Crusades (El Cajon, CA: Catholic Answers Pr., 2014) p. 27.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

 

They are Jewish

In 2004, concerning the neoconservatives who agressively shill for Israel and pushed for the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq on false pretenses, Adbusters magazine asked "Why won't anyone say they are Jewish?. I recently learned of one prominent Jew who did—well, sort of.

In 2005, Murray Friednman's The Neoconservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy (Cambridge UP) was published. According to Friedman, the book was, in actuality, "an examination of American Jewish conservatism" (p. 10; see also p. 1). Friedman was an historian and founding director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University.

See also: "The Machiavelian Threefold Game of the Neoconservatives" by Laurent Guyénoton on voltairenet.org

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