Tag Archives: Jean Jacques Rousseau

malthus: not found at the love-in

There seems to be more to famine than a mere lack of food. Hunger is always at our door, even in an era like our own. Do people starve simply because there are too many of us? Or, is famine … Continue reading

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malthus: specter at the feast

Thomas Robert Malthus. Hunger is always at the door, even in an era like our own. People still die of starvation. Do people starve because there are too many of us ? Or, is famine the necessary companion, the price … Continue reading

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a tale of two tribes

Erik Erikson’s ┬ávision of a universal identity, the one all-human outlook that would somehow bind us together and sublimate violence into peaceful behaviour. Whether this was a universality attained by repressing peculiarity, a kind of synthetic layer built on a … Continue reading

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political porn

…But the intellectual and philosophical criticism of the French monarchy during the French Revolution never compared in number with the pornographic novels and squibs. One of the most popular clandestine novels was Les Amours de Charlot et Toinette. It is … Continue reading

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perfide manon: peace with the “petit collet”

Perfide Manon and Abbe Prevost. She was the classic cocotte, and he the classic dupe; first the Abbe wrote his famous story, and then he set out to live it… …Prevost ventured back to France, and there was joined by … Continue reading

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tasmania: breaking the immemorial monotony

…Inevitably, this forceful community, gradually spreading from its seashore settlements, came into contact with the elusive aborigines of the forest. It was known from the start that they existed. When Dutch sailor Abel Tasman arrived off the southeast coast in … Continue reading

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who can like the highlands?

Or so asked Dr. Johnson after James Boswell had dragged him from Edinburgh to Inverness to Skye and back to the Lowlands. Boswell could, and soon set about immortalizing the tour. … Among the arts of life, Jean Cocteau once … Continue reading

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day: nature and nurture at dawn

Eighteenth-century England and the circle of brilliant men around Josiah Wedgwood. Some were more eccentric than others. Even peculiar… Thomas Day made no great mark in the world beyond establishing an undisputed reputation for almost perfect eccentricity. His friends loved … Continue reading

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day: doomed in duplicate

Josiah Wedgwood’s friends numbered some brilliant but odd types. Most are forgotten today. Thomas Day made no great mark in the world beyond establishing an undisputed reputation for almost perfect eccentricity… Thomas Day was even stranger than Erasmus Darwin, whom … Continue reading

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steam rises : divide and conquer the elements

Human rights and human fights. There are such chasms of difference between the secular, humanistic, far left and the religious, Biblical based interpretation that mixes prophecy, land and god, that there seems to be an impossibility of exit from an … Continue reading

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