Reading Kim Il Sung’s Memoirs [1]

Although no one seems to be writing about the topic, Kim Il Sung’s life and works are likely to play an important role in justifying any new direction taken in North Korea, just as the present order, just as that life and those works undergird the present order even as the constant public reminders of that early era kindle a certain revolutionary nostalgia in the … Continue reading Reading Kim Il Sung’s Memoirs [1]

Le Figaro calls terrorists “Kamikaze,” also notes on German rehabilitation of traitors/Kriegsverräter/汉奸

Le Bundestag réhabilite les « traîtres de guerre » du IIIe Reich Le Figaro 09 Sep 2009 De notre correspondant à Berlin IL LEUR AURA fallu attendre soixante-quatre ans après le renversement du régime nazi par les forces alliées. Hier, le Bundestag a enfin voté une loi réhabilitant les Kriegsverräter, les « traîtres de guerre » condamnés…read more… Continue reading Le Figaro calls terrorists “Kamikaze,” also notes on German rehabilitation of traitors/Kriegsverräter/汉奸

Sartre / Cultures of Defeat [III]

In the concluding volume of his trilogy, Chemins de la Liberte, Sartre notes the futility of ascribing war to individuals as if it were some sort of moral choice. In a conversation with his comrade Pinette, the protagonist Mathieu thinks to himself: “Everything is asking us for our opinion. Everything! We are encircled by questions: the whole thing’s a farce. Questions are asked of us … Continue reading Sartre / Cultures of Defeat [III]