Monthly Archives: April 2013

Advice to China: Heroic Abstention from War is Path to Victory

It is not unlikely that the great military nations of the modern world will bring about their own destruction by their inability to abstain from war, which will become, with every year that passes, more scientific and more devastating. If … Continue reading

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“There was no going back and she was going forward.”

Throughout the South for fifty years there would be bitter-eyed women who looked backward, to dead times, to dead men, evoking memories that hurt and were futile, bearing poverty with bitter pride because they had those memories. But Scarlett was … Continue reading

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Old Slattery, …, was shiftless and whining.

The sight of Tom Slattery dawdling on his neighbors’ porches, begging cotton seed for planting or a side of bacon to “tide him over,” was a familiar one. Slattery hated his neighbors with what little energy he possessed, sensing their … Continue reading

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“Ellen’s daughter would be the refuge Ellen had always been.”

She did not like Suellen. She saw it now with a sudden clarity. She had never liked her. She did not especially love Carreen — she could not love anyone who was weak. But they were of her blood, part … Continue reading

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The Death of Noble Ellen: All Too Familiar

“Miss Scarlett, it wuz dem Slatterys … Ah done tole her an’ tole her it doan do no good doin’ things fer trashy folks, but Miss Ellen wuz so sot in her ways an’ her heart so sof’ she couldn’ … Continue reading

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“Science as the pursuit of truth is the equal, but not the superior, of art.”

That is a quote from Bertrand Russell’s Scientific Outlook. Since Russell never said anything without a good reason, I spend a couple of years searching for the reason. Here is what I have discovered so far: 1. Science relies on … Continue reading

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1954: Hopes Realized and Disappointed

I grew up as an ardent believer in optimistic liberalism. I both hoped and expected to see throughout the world a gradual spread of parliamentary democracy, personal liberty, and freedom for the countries that were at that time subject to … Continue reading

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