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.
Added by Barry Spector on July 27, 2015 at 5:27pm — No Comments
The Iran Negotiations have been a Circus and a Charade
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…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on July 25, 2015 at 3:33pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on July 9, 2015 at 2:29pm — No Comments