Lecturi pentru vremuri intunecate


What books do we read in these dark times? I re-read Sigmund Neumann’s classic “Permanent Revolutiion: Totalitarianism in the Age of International Civil War,” second edition, with a new preface by Hans Kohn (New York, Prager, 1965). The concept of a global civil war, introduced by Neumann in 1942, remains disturbingly accurate. As the late Indiana University professor Matei Calinescu showed in a great book, re-reading is always instructive, inspiring and enriching.

The conclusion is partucularly timely: “This fight against moral anarchy, however, should never obsuce the basis of human existence: individual responsibility. It is an inalienable right. Dictators attack it. They must be defied. No compromise is possible because this personal responsibility is the fountain of life. Nobody shall take it away from us, for on this responsibility rest the pride and dignity of man.”

HRP despre AG


Primesc de la H.-R. Patapievici acest mesaj. Il public aici cu acordul sau: “Orice est- si central-european trebuie sa stie ca dreptul intre popoarele lumii noastre ex-comuniste, Andre Glucksmann, a fost ingropat la Pere Lachaise ieri… A fost unul dintre foarte putinii occidentali care a acceptat si imbratisat memoria noastra. Sa-i fim recunoscatori ptr asta si sa nu-l uitam niciodata. Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca!”

Ereticul Arthur Koestler: Intelectualul indispensabl


Joi, la Universitatea Maryland, continuarea discutiilor cu studentii mei despre Koestler. Este cat se poate de reconfortant sa vezi cum tineri americani de 20 de ani vibreaza la marile teme din “Darkness at Noon” si “The God that Failed”. Evident, vom vorbi despre iluzii si deziluzii, despre etica revoltei si despre Camus, despre procesele-spectacol si auto-injosirea atator intelectuali in ceea ce s-a numit “the pink decade”. A fost o mare sansa sa-l reintalnesc recent, la New York, pe biograful lui Koestler (si al lui Soljenitin), Michael Scammell. Un pranz de neuitat, in Upper West Side, amintiri despre “Index on Censorship”, despre conferintele unde am fost impreuna, despre atatia prieteni comuni. Dar, mai ales, despre ereticul care a fost AK si al sau itinerariu dramatic intr-un secol al halucinatilor ideologice. Doua tipuri de etica: cea a vivisectiei, totalitara, si cea a anti-vivisectiei, umanista.



One of the most beautiful paintings of all times comes back to Washington


Twenty tears ago, in full blizzard, we went to visit the Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery, Christina Zarifopol Illias, Mircea Mihaies, and myself. Mary stayed home with Adam who was a few months old. My sister Vicky and her husband Nicu stayed with them. The weather was terrible. Flights were cancelled. Fights over budget had shut down the federal government., Mircea and I spent ten days putting together the volume “Balul mascat.” At the Vermeer exhibition, I watched very carefully an elder gentleman who seemed enthralled with the paintings. He was Robert McNamara. For years thereafter I have been wondering what was in his mind contemplating the immensely peaceful images, the perfect tranquillity of Vermeer’s masterpieces. Was he thinking about Vietnam? Or about the frailty of human economic and social arrangements? About the inescapable passing of time? I can’t wait to see again “The Woman in Blue”…


Vermeer's 1663 work, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, is back on display at the National Gallery after its first visit 20 years ago.

Red October


October 25, 1917 (Julian calendar): the Bolsheviks seize power and establish their neo-Jacobin dictatorship masquerading as “dictatorship of the proletariat.” The first propaganda state comes into being. In 1929, already expelled from the USSR, Trotsky wrote that if Lenin had not been in Petrograd in October 1917, there would have been no seizure of power. So much about the role of the masses in history. A few years later, Benitto Mussolini would walk into Lenin’s footsteps and impose his Fascist regime. I warmly recommend this insightfully penetrating article by political scientist Marius Stan on the Red October and Lenin’s revolutionary Weltanschauung. It is particularly rewarding to see references to LSE professor, political scientist and historian Leonard Schapiro (1908-1983). He contributed decisively to our understanding of the Bolshevik phenomenon in its various incarnations and transmogrifications. The bottom line, so to speak, is what Marius Stan accurately emphasizes: Lenin was a Russian Marxist of extremist persuasion. If we gloss over this fact, we don’t get the real meaning of the Bolshevik hybris…


Acting like a Bolshevik


I just finished my interview with Cosmin Prelipceanu on Digi24TV. Main themes: in June 1990, by inviting the Jiu Valley miners to occupy Bucharest and act brutally against democratic forces, Ion Iliescu did not act alone, but as the head of a political mafia which included prime minister Petre Roman ,secret police boss Virgil Magureanu, deputy premier Gelu Voican Voiculescu, Leninist ideologue N. S. Dumitru etc; instead of building the new democracy on trust, truth, and tolerance, Iliescu erected it on lies, hatred, and resentment; in June 1990, he acted like a Bolshevik, promoted violence. and cynically organized the logistics of social hatred. Leninism is his mental frame; there is no statute of limitations for crimes against humanity, in Romania, Mexico, Poland, Germany, Cambodia, Ethiopia etc The ongoing judicial process is beneficial for Romanian democracy and it ought to be a much too long delayed catharsis and help enhance moral clarity.

Festivalul imposturii sau dadaismul politic de la Bucuresti


Romania trăieste sub zodia neferice a dadaismului politic. Ion Iliescu, presedintele minerilor din 13-15 iunie 1990, inamicul mortal al Pietii Universitatii, zona liberă de neo-comunism, critică PSD pentru că nu stie să cultive intelectualii. Unde sunt vremurile cand roiau in jurul sau luminile spirituale ale natiei: Eugen Simion, Razvan Theodorescu, Draga Olteanu si alti augustinbuzuri? Liviu Dragnea potentează mascarada atunci, cand, pasămite,, reabilitează echipa HRP-Mihaies-Tania Radu din fruntea ICR, demisionată in august 2012, mizerabil calomniată de mega-plagiatorul Ponta si, poate chiar mai abject, dacă se poate folosi comparativul, de cel pe care l-am scos din minti numindu-l El Crin.

Cine a emis ordonanta de urgentă care a schimbat chiar ratiunea de fi a ICR, impunand sinistrul neo-jdanovism al caloriferistului protocronist Andrei Marga? Nu liderul PSD Victor Ponta? Cine l-a numit pe Mircea Mihăies “fascist bătran”? Nu acel Munchausen din Balcani? Ciner l-a numit pe actualul consilier prezidential Andrei Muraru in fruntea IICCMER, alături de “seniorul” penelist Dinu Zamfirescu? Nu Victor Ponta, ca parte a toxicului algoritmului uselist? E nevoie sa reamintim demisiile celor care n-au acceptat să fie umiliti, agresati, jigniti de Muraru, marele prieten al lui Relu Fenechiu? Oamenii acestia chiar ne cred pe toti spălati pe creier, mancurtizati?

Festivalul imposturii ar putea atinge paroxismul in clipa cand Dragnea ar lauda echipa Ioan Stanomir-Vladimir Tismaneanu-Cristian Vasile-Bogdan C. Iacob demisă de Ponta de la conducerea IICCMER si ar elogia activitatea lui Dorin Dobrincu la Arhivele Nationale. Pe scurt, vorba tortionarului Gheorghe Enoiu, noi te-am ucis, noi te reabilităm!


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