|HISTORIAN ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER JR. DIES
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|Author:||Catherine [ Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:23 pm ]|
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[url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17392935/]Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. dies
Influential Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Kennedy insider was 89
NEW YORK - Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Kennedy insider who helped define mainstream liberalism during the Cold War and remained an eminent public thinker into the 21st century, has died, his son said. He was 89.
|Author:||DO.g's [ Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:13 pm ]|
Democracy now today had this headline-
Schlesinger was a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and key figure in the Kennedy White House. He was an early supporter of the Vietnam War but in his later years an opponent of the invasion of Iraq. In his memoirs, Schlesinger expressed regret for helping suppress a New Republic story that showed the Kennedy administration was training Cuban mercenaries before the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Arthur Schlesinger: "The First World War and the Second World War were collaborative wars and that's why we won them. The fact that only Britain has made a serious military contribution to the unilateralist action of the United States has been one source of trouble. I think no one can defend the evident mess - it's like the [Vietnam] quagmire re-enacted."
Here we have an example of intentional supression by an administration which proves it is a bipartisan reality. Nice he can get away with it in his memoirs. Where's the justice. It proves you can get the media to comply with your requests if you have the power. Like Condi conveniently forgetting the offer of peace from Iran in 2003. Where's the outrage? Where's the media? She's still alive- we can hold her accountable for her lies.
Sorry if I got a little off topic but I was going to tie these stories together to illustrate how this deception thing and cover ups are happening all the time on both sides of government, when i saw this post already here.
The dead guy, yeah, just because he couldn't find it while alive, he found peace at last, but he had to die to get it!
"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." Saul Bellow
|Author:||Catherine [ Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:37 am ]|
Remembering Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
He opposed the Iraq war and the “ghastly mess” it created.
In a 2005 essay in The New York Times Book Review, Schlesinger cited Reinhold Niebuhr, the great theologian who was his friend, on what it took for Americans to be effective in the world: “a sense of modesty about the virtue, wisdom and power available to us” and “a sense of contrition about the common human frailties and foibles which lie at the foundation of both the enemy’s demonry and our vanities.” It’s hard to imagine wiser advice on the proper use of power.
Schlesinger was a practical realist who disdained utopianism but lived in hope. Indeed, his 1963 essay collection was called “The Politics of Hope,” a precursor, perhaps, to Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope.” Does it require more audacity to be hopeful in 2007 than in 1963? You have to hope not.
At its best, Schlesinger said, democratic politics is about “the search for remedy.” A belief in remedy—in problem-solving—is the antidote to social indifference and to despair about our capacity to act in common through government. This is the liberalism Schlesinger spent his life advancing. Thanks in significant part to his work, it will long survive him.
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