Category Archives: Philosophical, Psychological & Historical Considerations

Bertrand Russell complained about one of his grandmother’s preferred puns, “What is mind? Doesn’s matter. What is matter? Never mind.” And yet we, as a species, continuously attempt to fathom the mystery of the mind, with the help of philosophy, psychology and history. Shakespeare has given us much food for thought on all three, as well as music for those who love the music of words.

Meditations on Skripal

Parisians, and those who roam the streets of Paris to take upon themselves the Frenchness of things, will no doubt know or remember the elegant, historic and fashionable Place Vendome. There is a history in all men’s lives(1) and in … Continue reading

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Dostoyevsky and the Chosen People

Dostoyevsky is known as an eminent tower of world literature and an implacable depth-sounder of the remotest recesses of the human soul – an analytical mind, fascinated by the invisible chemistry of people’s consciousness and emotions. And if Pushkin can … Continue reading

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The Founding Fathers and Other Tales

The skeptics among my twenty-five readers may suspect from the title, that I am jumping on the bandwagon of our discontent(1), to direct cheap shots at a stale target. Perish the thought. Irreverence towards the actors excludes irreverence towards the … Continue reading

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Brief History of Revisionism

On hearing the word ‘revisionism,’ suspicion lurks in the mind of some, and alarms sound in the mind of others. Suspicion is the elder sister of twins, credulity and incredulity. And of all kinds of credulity, the most obstinate and … Continue reading

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Time, Postmodernism, Science and Capitalism

While still in the shadow of the old year and the glow of the new, here are some thoughts about a commodity of infinite availability, but that we so often are short of. Time that is, that ceaseless lackey of … Continue reading

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The Fraud of Freud

I first read Freud’s writings when, probably unconsciously, I believed that if everybody says the same thing, it must be true. Freud’s extraordinary theories and mystifying lingo had many admirers and promoters. Just as one example, Eugene Goodheart, professor at … Continue reading

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Revisiting Revolutions, a Comparison

After a fitful fever (1) of debates and round-tables, often packed with common sense and sometimes with uncommon nonsense, the dust of antique time (2) may gradually settle on the memory of the 1917 Russian Revolution. In 2117, assuming but not … Continue reading

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Democracy, Tortured Meaning of the Wrong Word

Politicians, much like advertisers, are ever ready to surprise the unawareness of the thoughtless. They must use language, the quintessential political tool, with a tone of deep-felt conviction and an air of solemn sincerity. And no politician, in his electoral … Continue reading

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After Charlottesville – The Unknown and Already Forgotten Story

In the previous and most recent blog, (http://wp.me/p2e0kb-27U) I said there were still some unclear issues about the events in Charlottesville, particularly regarding the death of the 32-year old Heather Heyer. What I further found and here report is telling, … Continue reading

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Was Marx a Marxist?

Many confound what they think with what they know. With Marx, personal notions of Marxism often justify arbitrary conclusions, reflecting the perceiver’s prejudice, fancy or indoctrination. Any related discussion turns then into a vicious circle of arguments searching for proofs, … Continue reading

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