Barry Spector's Blog – July 2015 Archive (3)

Barry’s Blog # 142: The Iran Nuclear Deal, Part Two of Two

The kings of the world are growing old,

and they shall have no inheritors.

Their sons died while they were boys,

and their exhausted daughters abandoned

the sick crown to the mob.

Ranier Maria Rilke wrote these words 110 years ago, at the beginning of a century in which the myths of modernity, so recently constellated, would gradually collapse into the utterly demythologized world that we have inherited.

In…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 27, 2015 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 141: The Iran Nuclear Deal, Part One of Two

The Iran Negotiations have been a Circus and a Charade 

Part One 

Are you celebrating Barack Obama’s deal with Iran? It is certainly a good thing, but have you had the same experience that I’ve had over several years? Has it occurred to you that this business has seemed particularly loony – even for the madhouse of American politics?

The system is broken. We can see this in countless examples, from corrupted voting machines to mass…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 25, 2015 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 140: Did the South Win the Civil War? Part Three of Three

Shortly after I posted Part Two of this essay, the Charleston murders occurred. Then came the debate over the Confederate flag and the predictable Republican rants that the South had fought the Civil War primarily over the question of state’s rights (which, I argue, it won on that question), not over slavery (it won on that one as well). Yes, there has been some good news this week, but we should be aware of the larger picture. As America looked at itself, arsonists burned seven…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 9, 2015 at 2:29pm — No Comments

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