Mystical nationalism: corrections and updates
Firstly, I thank Marcus' eagle eyes in correcting my error. It was indeed Houston Stewart Chamberlin I had in mind when wrote the original article but botched it when I cited Joseph Chamberlin.
As to the update, I concour, in general to Marcus' post with some additional observations. Lamb's question isn't so much offensive and racist as wilfully blinkered by ideology of Americanism. The question that he asks should be reversed to ask why Anglophones don't learn Spanish and encourage them to learn about the Hispanics' history. After all, the oldest university on the continent isn't Harvard but the University of Santo Domingo and the Spanish settlers had established towans and villages long before the Mayflower was even built let alone sailed.
Further, as I once brought to Geitner's
attention the doctrine of eminent domain as well as the water rights in the Southwestern U.S. come from Spanish colonial legislation. Indeed I opine that both Huntington and Lamb would benefit immensely by watching John Sayles' movie The Lone star
As for Huntington's angst, if he's so adamant that America should've reamained as British as Eton, the preceding inhabitants shouldn't have precipitated the American revolution, as well as the Mexican- and Spanish-Amerian wars nor approved the Louisana and Florida purchases. Hence, America would've remained hemmed in by the Appalachian mountains to the west and by Florida to the south thereby ensuring American loyalty to Britian and remaining culturally Anglocentric.
One last note: Al Qu'ida is a mystically nationalist organization. Bin Laden makes it very clear that his goal is the reestablishment of the caliphiat and its Saudi cell has already demanded the explusion of non-Arab 'infidels' from the Arabian peninsula after killing 22 foreigners and kidnapping under pain of death of 1 American. The Saudi cell leader shrieks at the defilement of the peninsula's sacredness by an 'impure' presence. Another edifying example of applied völkish nativism.
Reagan and mystic nationalism
When I read Sullivan's post on Reagan's mystical nationalismI rolled my eyes and siged with disgust. Reagan was many thing but certainly not a mystical nationalist. First, the love of a country's physical attributes isn't Tory but Romantic as in the post Napoleonic cultural movement that swept Europe.
Second, mystical nationalists, the real ones, have had a nefarious effect with their fevered and troublesome views as to who belonged to the V?lk. I merely have to cite the panslavic and pangermanic movements, Albert Mons during the Dreyfus Affair, the Italian Irredentis, as well as the some branches of the ethnolingustic proto-nationalism in Spain and the Austro-Hungarian empire
With respect to the Anglosphere, forget Churchill, it's Chamberlain, Joseph Chamberlian, who was the real mystic nationalist. Though he's forgotten, he provided an indirect intellectual influence to 'white power.' Also, Sullivan is far too sanguine about civil religion; perhaps because the American variant has spelt no blood but I have utter contempt for civil religions because they're neither one nor the other. A cursory glance or contemporary world history suffices.
Sullivan and the other Anglophone conservatives will need to look for another description to honour Reagan. He was too comonsensical to succumb to such riduculous flights of fancy.
Enron: ?cop coporatiu contre un estat?
Fa alguns dies que he llegit una transcripci? d'alguns executius d'Enron durant la crisis d'en?rgia en California i la primera cosa que pens? es el comportament d'aquests executius no es diferenciava gaire del colpistes militars latinoamericans. Adem?s, aquella crisis potser cost? Gray Davis el governat de California per que en aquell temps (en 2003si em recordo b?) tothom s'hi tir? contre ell i els el insultaven amb tots els noms del porc per la seva incomp?tencia cretina en gestionar la crisis i que era seva culpa. Ara amb els videos i transcripcions de converses des del Enron, la reacci? de Davis s'haur? de reevaluar. No dic que els crims econ?mics commesos pel Enron discuplen Davis del tot del seu mandat com a governador del estat. En tot cas, espero que tots el empleats i executius que col?ludiran per estafar l'estat de mil millons en beneficis falsos en creant una crisis de subministrement artificial vagin a la pres? per molts anys.
Des proposition au prochiane gouvernement
Peu importe quel partie gagnerait les ?l?ctions au fin du mois, je veux proposer des reformes que les prochian gouvernement doit implanter:
- D?barrasser le f?d?ral des champs exclusivement provinciaux et c?d?r l'argent. Comme le fiasco du registre d'armes ? feu ? d?montrer le f?d?ral n'est pa plus dot? avec sens commun que les contribuables. Plus fondamment, le f?d?ral n'a pas affaires dans l'education et la sant? qu'une expression minimale.
- Promovoir le commerce interprovincial et le mouvement du main d'oeuvre ? travers les pays. J'ai toujours trouv? ridicule que c'est plus facile ? exporter aux ?tat-Unis qu'ach?ter d'un province ? l'autre. La faute est du f?d?ral qui a toujour pr?f?er ing?rer dans les comp?tences provinciales que s'en occuper avec les sienes
- Abassier la TPS de 7% ? 3 et r?duire la fardeau fiscale de contribuable non seulement en raision de propostion N 1 mais aussi parce que le f?d?ral a dimuni? le taux des cotisations pour l'assurance ch?mage et autre charges sociales.
- Abolir le registre d'armes ? feu. Ceci a engloutti 2 milliard$ et pour autant les rues ne sont pas plus s?curis?es et la s?curit? publique n'a pas am?ilor? de fa?on appr?ciable qu'avant le registre.
- Prendre plus de soins avec l'argent public. Je sais tr?s na?f mais on peut toujour rappler au gouvernement.
- All?ger la fardeau r?glementaire loraqu'on d?esire ?tablir une entreprise. L'?tat r?glementaire souvent l?gisf?re de textes qui impose une obligation l?gale impossible ? la remplir puisqu'un autre impose une obligation qui contradit le premier!
En tout cas, il sera fort int?ressant ce que un nouveau gouvernment l?gisfera en tant que politiques.
Harry Potter and the prision of Azkaban:my review
On Friday, I saw the latst Harry Poter movie and I liked it. Though I do have some quibbles. My most important criticism is the film's loss of the book's humour. I laughed my head off when I first read the book and was hoping that the movie would introduce some of the funnier moments in the book. Mom whispered to my dad in Catalan that the movie estava molt bien ambientada( was very well set) Indeed, I concour and I wonder if it had to do with Alfonso Cuar?n's direction and his debt to what Brazilians call o realismo maravahoso? In any case, the magical creatures and the Dementors were outstanding as you could readily accept their existence without feeling foolish. I was struck by the tacit hommage to the medieval travel tales where the voyager would recount seeing incongruous creatures, strange lands alongside actually existing sites and sounds during his journey. I was unhappy with 3 other important plot lines that the movie left out but shouldn't have
- An image of Azkaban with a vingette of who's there and what it's like. Dad disagrees as no image can ever replace one's imagination. Sure but twice in the book, 2 character describe the island gulag for wizards as well as their experiences; so there should've been a very brief scene
- How Sirus managed to escape from the prison.
- The signifigance of the patronus
I hope the extended DVD edition will include these excluded plot lines from the movie.