The Glorious Revolution brought to the throne of England William and Mary and with it the acceptance that the power of the country over which they ruled would rest in the legislative body and not within some idea of an ordained-by-God ruler. Whoever sat on that throne was there not by the ordinance of God, it was to be understood, but by the consent of the people.
Party identification has proven to be the most stable and reliable indicator of voting habits of American voters. This even extends to independents who have never belonged to any party.
Just when Hollywood was on the verge of potentially losing the battle to dominate world cinema due to its commitment to crushing homogeneity of product, Hitler unexpectedly saved the day by sending us the greatest directors and writers of the 1930’s.
The moral absolutists have taken hold of social policy in America. As a result, the road to a stricter authoritarian approach to government has been paved with the loss of concern about real social justice.
The problem with cheering on Charles Bronson on “Death Wish” is that you only need to replace the rape of his wife with another act deemed criminal by the state and suddenly you are cheering on the authoritarian governments of Mao, Pinochet or Saddam Hussein.
The cops on TV ALWAYS get their man and that man is ALWAYS guilty. And here’s the sicker, sadder truth: this has conditioned Americans to expect that the same applies in real life. And here is where it gets sickest and saddest: we are okay with cops beating up guilty people. After all, they deserve it.
Something sure feels different since Charlottesville. And it’s got nothing to do with lack of support among his base.
The sense of nationalism represented by Beethoven’s personal choice to deliver his next great composition as not just as a demonstration of his own creative evolution, but hope for it to be accepted as political propaganda reflect the complex nature of the concept of nationalism.