An American conservative attitude toward the nature of crime, as committed by individuals against individuals, and as naming specific acts – not “rape is rape” and “no is no,” but “only real rape is rape” and “only a real no is no” – may prevent conservatives from saying what they really mean: that in fact they agree about the existence of a rape culture, but disagree as to who the real perpetrators have been and are.
Two “audio letters” home, sent December 19, 1944, one in which Duncan has his friend Joe (“a good singer”) sing “White Christmas,” the other featuring Duncan singing “Oh Holy Night.” The discs themselves are very lightweight, and have not survived…
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Responding to Dick Cheney’s infamous performance on Meet the Press, Andrew Sullivan delivers an admission at odds with his thesis of the irredeemable evil of the Bush Administration’s enhanced interrogations program. Sullivan addresses a set of exchanges between Cheney and…
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The danger for torture opponents in accepting collateral damage to the bases of public discussion, not least in the involvement of the proponents of public reason in habitual defamation of designated enemy political combatants, is the topic for a different discussion, or, more likely, non-discussion.
(Put abstractly: DJ Earworm’s art of re-assembly constructs or realizes a depth – or, perhaps more precisely, synthesizes and integrates an ideational as well as actual polyvocality – that few to none of the popular music videos he samples can…
“The Triumph of Death,” Pieter Bruegel, The Elder
To treat the past as nothing because it is or seems inaccessible to us is to imply the nothingness of every present destined to fall into it next – to make the substance of life the triumph of death… and therefore it is not thus.