“Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur”, says Horace in his ‘Satires’ (1.1.69): “Why do you laugh? Change but the name, and it is of you the story is told.” Karl Marx quotes the Roman poet in his Preface to the First German Edition of ‘Capital’ (1867), to warn Germans they . . .
Three English ships sail into the mouth of a river somewhere on the Eastern shore of North America. It is May 1607 ... the opening sequence of Terrence Malick's "The New World", on the shimmering swells of Wagner's "Das Rheingold".
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Carl Ritter has a valuable discussion of globalism in Quillette magazine, called “The Poverty of Cosmopolitan Historicism”. To clarify terms, globalism or cosmopolitanism is not the same as globalization. Globalization is the growth in flows of trade, investment, people, and ideas across national borders, while . . .
"Coal miner during May 1939 strike. Kempton, West Virginia." 4x5 acetate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration.
In "Our Mutual Friend" (1864) Dickens lovingly portrays what was then becoming a universal social type, the humble office clerk, although now, 150 years later, apparently destined for extinction, or, at best, a modest Universal Basic Income, by - you know - efficiency, progress, technology, IT, AI, Messrs. Floogle, Fatebait . . .
That was our chant at a big demonstration and rally in Trafalgar Square for the liberation of Zimbabwe, sometime in the late seventies. Yesterday's news about the army takeover there made me look back and wonder. What had I and my friends thought would come next, after liberation? Disturbingly, as best as I recall, we didn't think . . .
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