This week I’ve been trying in vain to avoid Trump and focus on History. I didn’t succeed, but found some great reading in my attempt to escape.
Umberto Eco’s Ur-Fascism is a fascinating description of the conditions that need to exist, or at least need to be presented as existing, for fascism to exist. It isn’t much of a stretch to see the ways Trump espouses Mussolinismo.
This piece by Michael Waters is a study of how to resist tyranny and cultural assimilation: how 19th-century Lithuanians smuggled books to save their language.
Mark Bailey has the best argument for teaching History I’ve read in a while: it teaches you how to run the country, if you need help figuring that out.
Maximillian Alvarez writes in The Baffler that I think, therefore I am entitled to my opinion isn’t helpful. All opinions aren’t equal and don’t deserve, by right, to be treated equally.
In Aeon Magazine, Barbara J King asks here that if they are smart and sensitive, how can we justify continuing to kill pigs for food? Food for thought?
Podcast of the week is The language of female friendship from Lexicon Valley. I’m about to leave behind a world where I have been privileged to hear a bit of this language over the last few decades and I will miss it.
Picture of the Week is of the Boulevard de Clichy by Vincent van Gogh, 1887. It’s very different now, but isn’t everything?