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Shakespeare, Ukraine and the Smoking Gun

I will no more trust him when he leers, than I will a serpent when he hisses.” (Troilus and Cressida, act 5, sc. 1) The expression “smoking gun”, as we know, is intended to represent incontrovertible evidence of a crime, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, America and the Superbowl

“Mad I call it; for, to define true madness, What is ‘t but to be nothing else but mad? But let that go.” (Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2) This article may irritate or alienate some American Internauts who regularly visit … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Shenanigans of the New Jersey’s Governor

“… and you shall not sin, If you do say we think him over-proud And under-honest; in self-assumption greater Than in the note of judgment.” (Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3) That history repeats itself is an adage with … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Mandela and Immeasurable Hypocrisy

“A huge translation of hypocrisy, Vilely compiled, profound simplicity” (Love’s Labours Lost, act 5, sc. 2) If it were possible to invent a hypocrisiometer (hypocrisy meter), from now to the day of Mandela’s funeral, the indicator would go out of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Lies that Stretch to the Crack of Doom

Take but degree away, untune that string, And, hark, what discord follows! each thing meets In mere oppugnancy: the bounded waters Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores And make a sop of all this solid globe: Strength should … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Sanitization of History at Purdue University

“… woe upon ye, And all such false professors!” (King Henry VIII, act 3, sc. 1) In the distant 1940 Bertrand Russell wrote, “Academic freedom in this country is threatened from two sources: the plutocracy and the churches, which endeavor … Continue reading

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The “Niggerization” of the Plantation

 “… like one Who having unto truth, by telling of it, Made such a sinner of his memory, To credit his own lie.” (Tempest, act 2, sc. 2) Hypocrisy is a flattering tribute to power. Occasionally political power must pretend … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Confirmation Hearing of the FBI Director

“The seeming truth which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest.” (Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2) Comment. Watching a Senate confirmation hearing is a trying experience. Not because of the confirmation per se, but due to the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Snowden, Morales and Slavery to the Empire

“…but you are all recreants and dastards, and delight to live in slavery to the nobility” King Henry VI, part 2, act 4, sc. 8 Comment.  The kidnapping of the aircraft of the President of Bolivia in concerted action by … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Obama 007, License to Kill (Americans too)

“Off with the crown, and with the crown his head; And, whilst we breathe, take time to do him dead.” (King Henry VI part 3, act 1, sc. 4) Comment.  So says the Lancastrian Queen Margaret of the Yorkist Gloucester, … Continue reading

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