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Every now and again, you rise to real heights, ARG.
To me, creating a valuable paragraph or two is not at all making a semantic tangle of concepts and jargon that will impress the peers at the conference in July-, but expressing a process or a concept in a simple, brief way- a way as clear as  a glass of water.

I was just this morning trying to articulate that very circular process you describe so well to my 13-year old daughter this morning, and I gave it up as too big a bite for someone her age, even though it seems pretty straightforward to me. Or perhaps I just did it poorly.

Nicely done.

As for historical inquiry, I'm sure there has been some good work looking into the psychological roots of the Nazi phenomenon--- but apply the above criteria to those investigations, and it's clear that if the point was to generally illuminate the relationship between patriarchal authoritarianism and wars of dominance, it all has failed.
The old guard, the old elite are dead or dying.
The old guard lives on, in their children.
The existence of brass plaques on the buildings is nice, but reveals no insight into the culture's heart.

To see evil, and name it, is not to understand from whence it came.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Fri May 13th, 2011 at 02:22:55 AM EST
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Than you for providing the opportunity for the comment. Occasionally......my muse appears?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat May 14th, 2011 at 06:28:07 PM EST
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