Tag Archives: France

Europe Being Europe

Christopher Columbus sailed west across the Atlantic, to find a new trade route to China, but the Americas got in the way, and there’s been nothing but trouble ever since. Europe had a new world, an expected world, to deal … Continue reading

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No Day for Cynics

This was no day for cynics. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes everyone says enough is enough, and they take to the streets, and the world changes. That happened in 1789 in Paris, when the people, fed up with the … Continue reading

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The Perils of Rigorous Skepticism

Like any good eighteenth century Englishman, the poet William Blake (1757-1827) didn’t like the French. It was their rigorous skepticism that often veered into ridicule and mockery – and he thought the Enlightenment was a big mistake. They started that, … Continue reading

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Happiness an Issue in Pittsburgh

People leave Pittsburgh. They always have, although out here, in the Sunday Los Angeles Times, Andrew Bender tells us it’s a wonderful place: Nonstop canapés on gold-rimmed porcelain cocktail plates at diplomatic soirees. After a while, they get to be … Continue reading

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