The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Monday, August 16, 2004

CZESLAW MILOSZ, RIP: Czeslaw Milosz has died at age 93. For anyone who wants to understand how Communism and its lies utterly corrupted so many members of the Polish intelligentsia in the postwar era, I strongly recommend that you read Milosz's book, The Captive Mind. I don't know if Milosz meant the book to be as truly frightening as it is; I strongly suspect that he did or why else write the book; but his description of the slow poisoning of minds that should have, and often did, know better is as scary as O'Brien in George Orwell's 1984 using his power to convince Winston Smith that two plus two equals five.


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