Category Archives: The Uses of History

The Guns of August Again

Clarence Darrow, famous for defending science, and inquiry that leads to new insights about what’s really going on, at that Scopes Trial in 1925, didn’t have much use for those who would say that this is the way things have … Continue reading

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To the Logical Conclusion

Some things just had to happen, as the folks at Fox News and any number of Republican politicians just found out. Take up the Reagan mantra that big government is always the problem and never the solution, because the private … Continue reading

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The Day Goldwater Finally Won

History disappears. What happened long ago becomes no more than dry words on a page, or a curious hour on basic cable, on one of those channels that no one watches – where Hitler always loses the war or Martin … Continue reading

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Republicans at Yorktown

It was the summer of 1781 and things were going badly for our side – the British occupied New York City and a second British army lead by Cornwallis was having a fine old time to the south, capturing Charleston … Continue reading

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Sitting in the Dark

Retirement’s an odd thing, that time when you no longer have to show up at the office, or actually when no one will ever hire you again, and you get to do what you always wanted to do. That’s of … Continue reading

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Fighting the Flow of History

Okay, fine – it’s less than a week to the first presidential debate, and then two more will follow, along with a vice-presidential debate in there somewhere, and then we all vote, if we can, given all the new hoops … Continue reading

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French Lessons

“We’ll always have Paris.” That’s one of the great movie lines of all time, but of course Rick’s Café Américain was a soundstage at Warner Brothers over in Burbank – sunny Casablanca itself was one of the lots out back. … Continue reading

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