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  •  heh (3+ / 0-)

    i found much of the glass bead game to be tedious- much prefer hesse's other novels. but "the indian life," at the end, is one of the greatest short stories, ever. it succinctly makes the point that the book overall takes so much time to impress.

    history does turn on such seemingly random moments. events coalesce to create the conditions that give those moments such potential, but even so, ff the moments pass differently, the coalescence itself can dissolve as other events and other moments take their own places. as a fan of alice miller, i would also cite the prussian standards of child-rearing- the literal definition of "poisonous pedagogy"- as perhaps the key underlying factor that made germany ripe for fascism and nazism, brought to a boil by wwi and versailles. again- no wwi, no trigger, and perhaps germany organically evolves out of the poisonous pedagogy.

    i'm not a historian by trade, but it's certainly a hobby...

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 09:40:22 PM PDT

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    •  In retrospect I could see the tedious thing but (3+ / 0-)

      was an avid reader growing up so at about 14 or 15 Hesse's books were a whole new world for me and I think some part of my mind was awakening at that time as well, so that concept of the a Glass Bead Game as a real system of abstract-mathematical-symbolic representation was tantalizing.

      What if Hitler had been hit by a car as a youth. Would the German people have found some other leader and shaped him into the same kind of dictator?

      To what extent is the phenomenon we are seeing as the Tea Party a product of demagogue leaders like Ted Cruz, or vice a versa?

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      by HoundDog on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 09:50:01 PM PDT

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      •  the economy is primarily responsible (3+ / 0-)

        for the rise of the tea party (as relatively small as it is), while cruz is just the most convenient semi-charismatic leader, for now. but i do think the alice miller effect is in play, there, too, as it was for hitler and many germans of his era. but when i saw the academy of fine arts in vienna, i couldn't help wondering how history might have changed, had hitler been accepted there.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 09:54:39 PM PDT

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      •  My personal theory on the Tea Party (2+ / 0-)
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        is lead poisoning [which includes myself]. The recent research on lead poisoning and it's direct relationship to the crime wave got me to thinking about what happens to those people after their past the age in which they're most likely to commit violent crime... That entire swath of folks from the age group of roughly 40-65, who experienced the most extreme lead poisoning is the heart and soul of the Tea Party. And they are still violent and lacking in the capacity of higher reasoning.

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