Category Archives: history

Man Over God

Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Knatz.com / Teaching / Scholarship / History / The Inquisitor General in Goya’s Ghosts, creepily played by Michael Lonsdale, truthfully (for a change) declares that the French Revolution, Napoleon and his damn French armies … Continue reading

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On History

Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com / Teaching / Society / Social Epistemology / Abstractions / @ K. 1998 History as Stories We Tell History and myth are distinct at their centers; their borders are very broad … Continue reading

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From Church to University

Don’t forget: churches are older than universities. Churches worshipped the God, formed monasteries to keep and copy holy writ, perpetuating and rationalizing the mis-copyings, there being no original manuscript to correct from (who knows if there ever had been, the … Continue reading

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Jefferson, Lincoln

In a word: Jefferson, author of the US Declaration of Independence, argued for the right of a people to change governments, to secede, if they weren’t free, happy, healthy, prosperous under the old one. (Jefferson, Albert J. Nock’s bio is … Continue reading

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Vulgar Latin

As an upperclassman, English major, I heard wickedly raunchy poetry from major stars of the firmament, Swift, for example, that were not on the reading list. Only select students had the recesses of the Complete Poems indicated to them. Still … Continue reading

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Hitler Scrapbook

K. mentioned Hitler. (Who doesn’t?) I’m reconstructing K. the best I can after the US destroyed it (actually, and me, almost). Some Hitler points I’ll repeat, some make for the first time: online anyway. When I was a kid Hitler … Continue reading

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Did Jesus Write Shakespeare?

No. Of course not. But media, journalism, rumor are full of similarly preposterous contentions: have been for centuries (if not for much longer). I’ve always believed that there was an historical Jesus somewhere behind all the myth, but I’d been … Continue reading

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The Historical Jesus

My son, bk, just emailed me about a new Bart Ehrman book, Did Jesus Exist?. I insert the letter and will comment further below: Bart Ehrman is used to being on the skeptical side of biblical and scriptural debates, but … Continue reading

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The Passion According to Mel

Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com / Teaching / Society / Social Epistemology / Religion / Christianity / Passion movie / Mission: to crucify euphemism, to indict society’s inability to depict truth I began this module before … Continue reading

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Anthropollywood

Anthropological Cinema Saw A Man Called Horse, 1970, last night. Not Jan’s kind of movie, but mine for sure. I’ve been big on cultural variety, superstition, magic … since Lionel Trilling assigned us Sir James Fraser’s The Golden Bough (when … Continue reading

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