Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Art of the Possible

More on truisms and pat phrases… “Politics is the art of the possible,”  from Bismarck, seems to mean nearly the opposite of what it’s typically taken to mean.  First, because Bismarck elsewhere opposes “art” to science “as the professors assume.”  In … Continue reading

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All My Friends are Losing Their Jobs

In the last two months, four of my friends who live in New London have confronted imminent job loss. Two were working for local Patch sites before owner AOL decided to shutter all but the most profitable locations.  Dirk and … Continue reading

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Missing Words

If you know me, you know I am a devotee of Simone Weil. Here’s how Weil thought war interacts with language (from “The Power of Words”): “In every sphere, we seem to have lost the very elements of intelligence: the ideas … Continue reading

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