We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Since the cease-fire went into effect in Gaza in June, Hamas used the lull in action to fortify its military posts in the Gaza Strip and to dig tunnel systems as well as underground bunkers for its forces. IDF estimates put the length of the tunnels at over 50 kilometers.
Certain deranged reactions are now anticlimactic—a local water main bursts and so we blame Bush for diverting resources away from infrastructure; an arctic freeze or a summer tornado alike evokes Bush and his wayward attitude toward global warming. In the same vein, Hamas blankets Israel for days with rockets and the Europeans are silent until Israel responds with force—only to be blamed for inordinate aggression—the subtext being both that the militarily capable party is to be condemned for being,well, too militarily capable, and that those who can field and deploy terrorists, or aid those who will, against Western targets are deserving of some sort of exemption.
Huntington, who graduated from Yale College at age 18 and who was teaching at Harvard by age 23, was best known for his views on the clash of civilizations. He argued that in a post-Cold War world, violent conflict would come not from ideological friction between nation states, but from cultural and religious differences among the world's major civilizations.
Huntington, who was the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard, identified these major civilizations as Western (including the United States and Europe), Latin American, Islamic, African, Orthodox (with Russia as a core state), Hindu, Japanese, and "Sinic" (including China, Korea, and Vietnam).
"My argument remains," he said in a 2007 interview with Islamica Magazine, "that cultural identities, antagonisms and affiliations will not only play a role, but play a major role in relations between states."
Sad about the loss of Huntington. I think he was reviled by the left because the underlying premise of his view on history was that culture matters. The left full well understands the importance of culture, but has to deny the importance of it in order to undermine it, hence Gramsci's and Foucault's tactics of resistance, the long march through the institutions, etc. Huntington will be missed; there are few within liberal arts academia willing to speak truth at all, much less 'truth to power' in the literal sense.
Dittos on Sam Huntington. He didn't give in to the PC fad- du- jour despite residences in 02138 and on Martha's Vineyard. He had the conservative's respect and perspective on history and culture, that these foundation blocks evolve over hundreds and thousands of years and are not subject to turning on a dime. I wonder if any of his classes or seminars were ever videotaped?
I have been trying to tell folks on the east coast what is going on out here in the back woods of WA state. We seem to be the test kitchen for extreme liberal, deconstructionist strategies. Strategies like stealing elections (it worked in WA state, it'll work for Al Franken).
Here is the link to the beginning of your absolute loss of liberty--
Betsy ... I wonder if the wives who trash their husbands in public realize that "what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander?" Probably the poor battered husband goes down to the local pub and delineates her character in a few choice words. And she certainly deserves it, as you point out.
Battle techniques learned in the schoolyard are not very effective in the adult world.
Must agree, Marianne. Those same playground battle techniques also apply to trashing a sibling in public. I guess some people don't recognize how classless it is to carry childhood hostilities into the adult world.
I'm confused! Not even a week ago there was a link to the Dennis Prager piece about how men equate love with sex. If I give my husband all the sex he wants I should be golden, but now I hear I have to be nice, too? It's too much!