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Neither Heaven nor Hell; Neither Saints nor Sinners

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…whatever be cause or effect, the disintegration of culture is the most serious and the most difficult to repair. T S Elliot, Notes Toward a Definition of Culture, 1948 What words can be used to portray the present state of European and Western culture?  Diluted, fragmented, anchorless, drifting, and increasingly meaningless? Are we living in […]

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Europe Gets A Lesson in American Civics

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Mike Ungersma thinks Europe’s fascination with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee may miss the real point of the controversy. When 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the America’s 114th Supreme Court justice, the bitter campaign by President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in the US Senate was over, and the conservative direction of […]

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Deliver us from evil

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Europe and Colonial Guilt in the Age of Apology by Mike Ungersma “The truth, he thought, has never been of any real value to any human being- it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.” ― Graham Greene, The Heart of the […]

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Dealing with the Russian bear

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Mike Ungersma argues the West may have made   fundamental mistakes in confronting Putin’s Russia “Russia is unlucky with timing. Everything that happened 150, 200 years ago in other countries is happening here as we speak.  You guys had your civil wars in long-ago centuries. The last murder of your king was in 1649.  We […]

The Tyranny of Form

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A Footnote to Plato The word does not forget where has been and can never wholly free itself from the dominion of the contexts of which it has been a part.                                                                               Mikhail Bakhtin We have Plato to thank for the way we view the world around us.  Often regarded as the founder of political […]

Anything Goes

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  Is there a connection between the rise of right wing parties in Europe and America, and the devaluation of and the debasement of our languages?  Mike Ungersma thinks there may be a link Words. They are stones shaped to the hand. Fling them accurately. They are horses. Bridle them; they’ll run away with you. […]

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An American in Paris

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On the eve of Donald Trump’s arrival in Paris, Mike Ungersma recalls the first visit by an American President His achievements were many – The first President to visit Europe while in office The first President with an earned doctorate degree The first President to hold press regular conferences The first President to win the […]

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Ultimate Jihad?

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Could Europe’s struggle against Islamic terrorists become a guerrilla war? Mike Ungersma looks for signs. It must have a friendly population, not actively friendly, but sympathetic to the point of not betraying rebel movements to the enemy. Rebellions can be made by 2% active in a striking force, and 98% passively sympathetic. T E Lawrence,  […]

Adrift on a Sea of Cultures

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Can Europeans learn anything from America’s experience with immigrants? Mike Ungersma argues there is much to be gained. What happens if we place a drop of red dye into a beaker of clear water? Do we have clear water plus a spot of red dye? Obviously not. We have a new coloration to every molecule […]

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