Moral clarity: Macron in Oradour

28/04/2017

The battle for memory, the battle against historical revisionism, the battle against Holocaust negationists, the battle for dignity against infamy, the battle for liberal values against tribalistic xenophobia, Emmanuel Macron in the martyr-village Oradour-sur-Glane, Friday, April 28, 2017…

 

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Pentru memorie, impotriva barbariei…

28/04/2017

Pietre care vorbesc, pietre care gem: La ceasul vandalizării unor morminte evreiesti, in chiar capitala tarii, un abominabil, scabros si repugnant sacrilegiu, recomand acest articol de o vibrantă actualitate…

https://tismaneanu.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/cimitirul-evreiesc-campulung-moldovenesc-un-articol-de-marius-stan/

 

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Lenin’s Train…

28/04/2017

One of the most fateful trains in history: It arrived in Petrograd’s Finland Station a century ago, in April 1917. And thus began the European, then the global Civil War: “The piratical imperialist war is the beginning of the civil war throughout Europe … Any day now tha whole of European capitalism may crash. The Russian revolution accomplished by you has prepared the way and opened a new epoch. Long live the worldwide socialist revolution!” (quoted by Catherine Merridale, pp. 218-219)

 

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In Memoriam Benjamin Barber, political theorist and democratic activist

28/04/2017

An indomitable intellectual dynamo, this was the liberal political theorist Ben Barber. We were colleagues at the University of Maryland and friends. He invited me to many events, including an unforgettable conference in Berlin and a symposium at the “Freedom Museum” in Philadelphia. We particip[ated together in the “Salmagundi” conference, at Skidmore College, on violence and terror. We had many long and, for me, enriching discussions. He was enthusiastic, energetic, firm in his convictions. He believed that democratic politics must be defended against rabblerousers, mountebanks, and scoundrels. His book “Cool Cities: Urban Sovereignty and the Fix for Global Warming” was published last week by Yale University Press. Blessed be his memory… (Posted on my FB page on April 26, 2017)

 

 

 


Hubris at the Finland Station…

28/04/2017

A century ago, Lenin formulated his blueprint for the first totalitarian regime in human history. The April Theses (Aprelskiye Tezisy) was the program designed by Lenin during the Russian Revolution of February 1917, calling for Soviet control of state power; the theses, published in April 1917, contributed to the July Days uprising and also to the Bolshevik coup d’etat in October 1917. Not sharing power with any other party, ending the war at any price, bribing the peasantry with land redistibution (confiscations), blatant social demagogy, and utopian dreams of a New Man and a World Revolution: these were the main features of Ulianov’s apocalyptical scenario. Initially rejected by Lenin’s close associates as a reckless fantasy, the Theses were eventually adopted, embraced, and implemented by Lenin’s party. The human costs were astronomical…

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On April 16, 1917, one hundred years ago, Lenin returned to Russia, arriving into the Finland Station, Petrograd, in the midst of the Revolution…


Gramsci in România

28/04/2017

Ironia sorții a fost ca un turnător si denigrator al lui Lucian Blaga, cel care ii făcuse doar bine, un ins cu numele Pavel Apostol, să fie prefațatorul volumului de scrieri al lui Antonio Gramsci apărut la Editura politică in 1969, la ceasul scurtei și rapid avortatei liberalizări românești. După care, nu mai puțin ironic, opera gramsciană a fost apropriată la Bucuresti de către un Radu Florian și alți corifei ai “socialismului științific” in versiunea sa dinastic-bizantină…

 

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Vindictive, resentful, toxic

27/04/2017
Viktor Mihály Orbán’s attack on George Soros (“the speculator”) reminds me of the Nazi paranoid propagandist Julius Streicher. It has all the despicable ingredients of the worst anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, little man versus giant predator, honest versus dishonest, blood versus gold. I could call him Wagnerian Viktor… 🙂 “We are not as big and powerful as you are and as big and powerful as George Soros, the American financial speculator attacking Hungary, who has destroyed the lives of millions of Europeans with his financial speculations, who has been fined for speculation in Hungary, and who is an open enemy of the euro.” So, Viktor Orban, Soros is a murderer, a destroyer of millions of life. This is not mere populism, my friends, this is blunt, unabashed Fascism. Is he going to say next that Soros is also guilty of “ritual murder”? Do not expect Orbán to back off. He he will push further forward (sic!) in a most despicable and dangerous direction. This is what I call the alphabet of hatred: once one says “A”, the road to “Z” is there, inevitable, inescapable, inexorable. This is Viktor Mihály Orbán’s repugnant path…