Category Archives: History

EATING PEAS WITH HONEY (COMMENT).

EATING PEAS WITH HONEY (COMMENT). “Milton” posted a comment on a post I made here about Virginia Woolf’s snobbishness and about Mary Jane pointing out to me a “cavone” eating peas with his knife in Venice. I am grateful for … Continue reading

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A TRADITIONALIST REMAINS UNCONVINCED (COMMENT).

A TRADITIONALIST REMAINS UNCONVINCED (COMMENT). I concluded my apology by saying: “For myself, since I am not going to be facing any more English teachers, I intend to use ‘they’ more often.” Mary Jane commented on my post: “What does … Continue reading

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USING THE SINGULAR “THEY” BECAUSE IT’S TRADITIONAL.

USING THE SINGULAR “THEY” BECAUSE IT’S TRADITIONAL. Paula Froke, lead editor for the AP Stylebook, said “… we offer new advice for two reasons: recognition that the spoken language uses they as singular and we also recognize the need for … Continue reading

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AN ECONOMIST LOOKS AT “THE TROUBLE WITH MACROECONOMICS”.

AN ECONOMIST LOOKS AT “THE TROUBLE WITH MACROECONOMICS”. One of the recurring themes of this blog is how my beliefs and the world’s beliefs have changed in my lifetime. One of the things I look in at is what has … Continue reading

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RECONSTRUCTING THE ROOF OF A PALACE IN HERCULANEUM.

RECONSTRUCTING THE ROOF OF A PALACE IN HERCULANEUM. Daisy Dunne has an article on the Daily Mail web site about archaeological finds near Herculaneum, which have permitted the reconstruction of the roof of a palace there. Wood that remains wet … Continue reading

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HETEROPHASIA—IT’S THE PANTHEON THAT HAS A CONCRETE DOME (COMMENT).

HETEROPHASIA—IT’S THE PANTHEON THAT HAS A CONCRETE DOME (COMMENT). I posted here a couple months ago about how the Pantheon has lasted for centuries because concrete can’t be reused. However, I said “Parthenon” for “Pantheon”. Dick Weisfelder promptly pointed out … Continue reading

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COMPARING THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION TO A BUSINESS STARTUP.

COMPARING THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION TO A BUSINESS STARTUP. As a modern lawyer, who has done some drafting, I am impressed by the difficulties that the drafters of the Articles of Confederation faced. There can’t have been many previous examples … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION.

IN PRAISE OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION. Tyler Cowen had an essay on the Bloomberg site arguing the Articles of Confederation have been greatly underrated. (The link is courtesy of Marginal Revolution, which is Cowen’s own site). The argument appeals … Continue reading

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REVISITING THE MESSY ROOMMATE THEORY OF NATO.

REVISITING THE MESSY ROOMMATE THEORY OF NATO. I posted here in 2008 about the Messy Roommate Theory of NATO, which was set forth in the sixties in a paper by Richard Zeckhauser and Mancur Olson. In brief, assume a messy … Continue reading

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THE POTATO AND THE FUTURE CONQUEST OF SPACE.

THE POTATO AND THE FUTURE CONQUEST OF SPACE. I have posted several times about the importance of the potato in world history. I quoted Professor William H. McNeill here that: “by feeding rapidly growing populations, [potatoes] permitted a handful of … Continue reading

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