April 2009

Individual First, Brother Second

My instinct as an individualist and artist has always warned me most urgently against this capacity of men for becoming drunk on collective suffering, collective pride, collective hatred, and collective honour. When this morbid exaltation becomes perceptible in a room, a hall, a village, a city, or a country, I grow cold and distrustful; a shudder comes over me, for already, while most of my fellow men are still weeping with rapture and enthusiasm, still cheering and venting protestations of brotherhood, I see blood flowing and cities going up in flames. —Hermann Hesse he economy has shifted along such drastic...

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Spotting An Inconvenient Hoax

N RELATED NEWS, the National Weather Service has announced a Thermometer Buyback Program. It seems that the older your thermometer the more likely that it is failing to rise to the proper temperatures. The old glass thermometers have the problem of liquid glass evident in cathedral stained glass windows, which has been shown scientifically to cause lower temperature readings. Also, the glass is attached to a metal or plastic frame in a haphazard manner which allows gravity to pull the glass down in relationship to the numbers on the frame. The thermometers of the bi-metal variety are subject to the...


Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus

HY DO WE NOW ACCEPT MERE politicians when we once yearned for an immaculate statesman? Cincinnatus was regarded by the Romans as one of the heroes of early Rome and as a model of Roman virtue and simplicity. A persistent opponent of the plebeians, he was forced to live in humble circumstances, working on his own small farm, until he was called to serve Rome as dictator, an office which he immediately resigned after completing his task of defeating the Aequians. His immediate resignation of his absolute authority with the end of the crisis has often been cited as an...


Willing The Milquetoast Deliverance

ONSERVATIVE GEORGE F. WILL takes no prisoners in rebuffing hapless liberalista Ariana Huffington but good a few weeks ago on a Sunday morning political chat roundtable. Does it matter what specific topic they had agreed to disagree? Not in the long scheme of things where stone-eyed pundits are the prognosticating meteorologists of politics. The distinction made here between Will and Huffington is one of subtlety broken down into competing gains of arrogant humility and humble arrogance, distinctions of style in taking measure of whatever milquetoast affair prompted their respective linguistic dances. The Left likes to pretend that showing respect (which...


In Deliverance Of Peace We War

HE GERMAN INDUSTRIAL GOTH METAL BAND—Rammstein—belts out this anthem off the Mutter LP released in April 2001 with such power and intensity, I was interested finally to seek out its English lyrics, and was quite surprised to find such mundane words delivered in German with such overwhelming force. Now tell me my blue-eyed son, what do you think is being said here, and to whom? Wittgenstein, anyone? Feuer frei! Whoever knows pain becomes criticizedfrom the fire that burned up the skinI throw a light in my facea hot cryopen fire! Bang bang Whoever knows pain is raisedfrom the fire that...