Sunday, September 06, 2015

Reel Revolutionaries: “I’m Sorry… Send Me Money”

On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar. 
—David Ogilvy ( MI5 and Doris Lessing )

“Men of high intelligence and sensibility,” it was said, tended to be enchanted by Hannah Arendt. Hans Morgenthau was exception
COMMIES GONNA COMMIE: How Hugo Chavez Trashed Latin America’s Richest Economy. Note, however, that he left his daughter the richest person in Venezuela. That’s “socialist equality” for you!

Poem: ‘Mirror. Memory’
Oh yes, it’s true. After all, “in much of Europe in the 1950s, socialists, people who called themselves ‘left’ – the very people whom many Americans thought no better than Communists – were about the only people who gave a damn about fighting Communism.” Consequently, “the CIA became a major player in intellectual life during the Cold War The Awl

Adam Bonica, Adam S. Chilton, and Maya Sen have an extensive new paper (pdf) on this subject:
American lawyers lean to the left of the ideological spectrum. To help place this in context, the mean DIME score among the attorney population is -0.31 compared to -0.05 for the entire population of donors. Moreover, some 62% of the sample of attorneys are positioned to the left of the midpoint between the party ...

How the Holocaust became possible. It arose not from an absence of state authority but from one state's destroying the authority of others... more »
Crisp one-liners, deadly peril, an uber-villain — Anthony Horowitz’s 007 novel has all the time-honoured ingredients  ‘Trigger Mortis’, by Anthony Horowitz

From student-poster staples to unsung heroes, here are our favourite boat-rockers, agitators and subverters of the status quo ...

Trotsky was the architect, along with Vladimir Lenin, of the Bolshevik Russian revolution of 1917, and victim and symbol of that revolution’s transformation into Stalinism.

In Chimen Abramsky's house of books – 20,000 titles – the walls were made of words. It smelled old and musty but was one of left-wing London's great salons ... 

It’s strange to think that a century ago the US was a hotbed of radical syndicalism. Mother Jones, known as ““the most dangerous woman in Amerika,” was a teacher and dressmaker, driven from County Cork by famine to Canada, later moving to Chicago. She lost her husband and children to yellow fever and became an organiser of the United Mine Workers union before co-founding the group Industrial Workers of the World. An irrepressible firebrand, she fought against child labour and co-ordinated strikes by miners and silk workers. As a woman who organised men, she was denounced in the US Senate as “grandmother of all agitators”.
Reel Stories: The -Desat -Das- 10 Best Revolutionaries 

Interview: Tom Courtenay Tom Courtenay 
As his acclaimed new film ‘45 Years’ hits cinemas, the poster boy of 1960s kitchen-sink realism talks about his retreat from — and return to — stardom

A deathbed confession may have revealed the location of a Nazi train rumoured to have been carrying gold, which has been missing in Poland since the second world war.

Poland’s deputy culture minister, Piotr Zuchowski, said ground-penetrating radar had found images of a buried train near Wałbrzych, in the country’s south-west, on a 4km stretch of railway near the Wrocław-Wałbrzych line.
Calling it an exceptional find, Zuchowski said the fact that the train appeared to be armoured indicated that it might be carrying valuable cargo. A deathbed confession from an unnamed man had led officials to the site, he added. Zuchowski said the dying man was involved in the operation to hide the train 70 years ago. “I am more than 99% certain that this train exists,” he told a press conference on Friday. 'Nazi gold train': deathbed confession may have revealed location