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Kissinger on Trump and 'The Cunning of Reason'

Silvrback blog imageThe Financial Times has a diverting weekly feature - "Lunch with the FT" - in which its correspondents interview some notable person over lunch. You get the human to-and-fro of a sometimes revealing conversation between two individuals. You get appreciative comments about the attractive and vivacious maitre d', the bottle of . . .

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July 28, 2018

Emancipation Day 1905 - and 'The Strange Career of Jim Crow'

Silvrback blog imageFrom the Washington Post of April 4, 1905:

“Richmond, Va., April 3 -- Thousands of Negroes observed Emancipation Day in Virginia today. The occasion resulted in an outpouring of the race never before equaled, armed with miniature United States flags and attended by brass bands.

"In addition, there was a unique feature to-night, . . .

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December 21, 2017

Can we predict the future course of history?

Silvrback blog imageI posted recently (No “right sides” to history) on a type of globalist thinking that sees a borderless world as the inevitable endpoint of history. That moved me to dig up my old paperback copy of “The Poverty of Historicism”, Karl Popper’s classic polemic, published in 1957, against social theories that claim to . . .

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December 05, 2017

de te fabula narratur: India in your future

“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 . . .

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November 24, 2017

No "right sides" to history

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 . . .

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November 20, 2017

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