"Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce." Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1852)Marx, however, as becomes clear soon enough, was talking of how persons "conjure up the spirits of the past to their service. . . " (Perhaps I am doing that here, too?)
Nonetheless, Mister B was reminded of those Eighteenth Brumaire opening lines while reading today's Scranton Times-Tribune (see link, below).
But. . . Scranton, you exclaim. Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA? The Times-Tribune?
Yes, indeedy. And praise be! Praise be the flow of news, information, education, diversion, prOn (for those who like that kind of stuff), and other earnest (or not so earnest) endeavours available by way of a standing order to the bank, a contract for a broadband connection, assorted cables, hardware and software. All lightly leavened with a little time and some curiousity. But, onwards!
Until Thursday, the only element missing was a rogue president who follows the Nixonian logic that states, "If the president does it, it can't be illegal."Chris Kelly, columnist: Scranton Times-Tribune
Mr. Nixon's Achilles' heel was a man named Liddy.
Mr. Bush's is named Libby.