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Thursday
Jun142018

21st Century Populists Are 20th Century Fascists Without the Uniforms

Fascism occurs when a gifted leader convinces a group of disaffected people to rally around his leadership. A few people cannot make big things happen, but many people, united by the leader, can become an overpowering force in a nation or society. All that is necessary is for many individual slender sticks (people) to form the bundle (fascio) who, together, become a powerful weapon (axe) in the hands of The Leader. In the twentieth century, various fascist leaders were known as El Lider, El Caudillo, Der Fuehrer, or Il Duce.

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Sunday
Jun032018

Evita Resurrected

In 1978, the great musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber launched another highly successful musical in London. Evita evolved out of a chance visit to Argentina by Lloyd Webber. There he encountered the story of Eva Duarte Peron. He said he first saw her captivating countenance on an Argentine postage stamp, and from there his interest rapidly grew. The rest is West End, Broadway, and world musical history. The lyricist for Lloyd Webber’s early productions was Tim Rice. Evita was their third major collaboration. When the vastly creative composer returned to London, he and Tim Rice worked out the story line for a new musical-as-opera, which is essentially what many of Lloyd Webber’s recent shows are. The plot of the musical is based on biographies of Eva and Juan Peron that were written shortly after Peron was removed from the power of the Argentine presidency.

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Monday
May282018

“The Chosen People” and “The Promised Land”

The Hebrews (or Israelites or Jews) were the first nation or ethnic group in human history to become monotheists. There are many factors about the Jews which are unique, but that is one of the most important. How and when did they become monotheists? It is impossible to verify that with any certainty. Many scholars claim that Abraham, inspired by God, became the first monotheist. Other scholars say Abraham believed in only one God for himself, while not denying the existence of other gods. To complicate matters, still other scholars deny that Abraham or any of the other ancient Hebrew patriarchs even existed.

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Tuesday
May152018

A Serendipitous Sojourn with Ronald Reagan

An 874-page biography of Ronald Reagan is something I normally would not purchase, especially when its list price is $35.00. But when I saw a copy of Dutch at our local library used book sales counter for two dollars (half price that day), which looked as though it had never been opened, let alone read, I couldn’t pass it up. “Deals which are steals” are in my blood; what can I say?

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Thursday
May102018

Cherry-picking the Bible

“Cherry-picking” has nothing to do with picking cherries. With respect to writers or writings (among many other categories), the term cherry-picking implies the selective affirmation of certain points of any writer to the exclusion of other points by the same writer. We like what we like, but we don’t like what we don’t like.

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