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Missive # 106

This path-breaking and eloquent analysis of The Odyssey, and the way it has been interpreted by political philosophers throughout the centuries, has dramatic implications for the current state of political thought. This important book offers readers original insights into The Odyssey and it provides a new understanding of the classic works of Plato, Rousseau, Vico, Horkheimer, and Adorno. This book is Deneen’s published 1995 PhD Thesis. Therefore, if you decide to read it be prepared to wade through the academic morass. The first and last chapters are not so bad but the middle chapters were way above my pay grade. Through his analysis Patrick J. Deneen requires readers to rethink the issues that are truly at the heart of our contemporary ‘Culture Wars,’ and he encourages us to reassess our assumptions about the Western canon’s virtues or viciousness. Deneen’s penetrating exploration of Odysseus’s and our own enduring battles between the dual temptations of homecoming and exploration, patriotism and cosmopolitanism, and relativism and universality provides an original perspective on contentious debates at the center of modern political theory and philosophy. — Book promo @ goodreads.com

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. — Theodore Roosevelt

This article Update: Partisan Gaps Expand Most on Government Power, Climate is about the political divide that has widened during the past 20 years. A very interesting article that describes one of the markers pointing to the disintegration of the United States Empire. Well worth a read.

A meme laugh for today.

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the death of Sir Douglas Bader and I couldn’t let it pass without this story about the RAF hero. He was giving a talk at an upmarket girls school about his time as a pilot in the Second World War.
“So there were two of the f***ers behind me, three f***ers to my right, another f***er on the left; he told the audience.”
The headmistress interjected: “Ladies, the Fokker was a German aircraft.”
Sir Douglas replied: “That may be, madam, but these f***ers were in Messerschmitts.”

Another one – it is twofer day.

The biggest joke on mankind is that computers have started asking humans to prove that they are not robots.

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