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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Greg--Yes, the Alec Guinness film is the one I'm thinking of--the director was Carol Reed. Alec is always watchable and I thought the film version did reasonable justice to the book. On a total derailment of topic--I would love to...
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    Greg: Our Man in Havana--A classic Greene! Always good to hear someone mention his work. I spend too little time among litr'ry types I guess--get excited when someone name-checks a favorite author. I thought the Carol Reed film of it...
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    gasdive: If you're worried someone might turn off your power, buy a generator and relax. Every element of power supply from the point where they're removing the overburden above the coal to the switches on the powerlines that run down...
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    The origin of this discussion was my expressed thought that Lost Cause tropes would, hopefully, become a thing of the past. Clearly I was wrong. This bad-faith parsing of "Oh, slavery reasons, you're so right, but I'm just talking about...
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    Charles H @282: [T]here was a lot of anti-slavery opinion in the North and pro-slavery opinion in the South, and that polarized things quite significantly, but still states rights was the principle [principal] cause of the war. After significant pushback...
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    whitroth: Control capital. It doesn't stop people from starting small-to-medium sized businesses. If they grew past a certain size, the government starts owning a part, depending on size. Yes, this. At a certain point accumulations of economic power accumulate too...
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    JBS: I don't believe "Lincoln had taken no steps" can be part of the "Lost Cause" narrative. If anything, it is antithetical to it, because there is, at that point, NO CAUSE to be lost. I think we are trapped...
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    Maybe I'm missing something, but John Carter's story just doesn't sound like a Lost Cause narrative. His side lost the war. He gets transported to Mars. Doesn't he just stay there? Perhaps I overstated without meaning to. I didn't mean...
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    And Lincoln had taken no steps to restrict or eliminate slavery, and there's no evidence that he intended to. By the way--totally backwards timeline. Multiple states seceded before Lincoln took office. Hard for Lincoln to "take steps" when his feet...
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    At that time if Lincoln had been willing to allow states to leave the Union if they wanted to there would have been no Civil War. Seriously? That is an argument to show that slavery was not the primary cause...
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    Greg-- Smart meters, internet of things, etc.: exactly. The borderlands of privacy shrink, and the borderlands of autonomy and personal control over one's home as well. The notion that having multiple methods available of external access and control to features...
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    From about the time of the War of 1812 up through the 1820s there were various threats by New England states to secede because the south was thwarting Congress from enacting tariffs to protect their nascent industry. I have read...
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    ...states rights was the principle cause of the war. That is confusing the cover rationalization for the actual motivation. The "state's rights" trope is basically a "Lost Cause" trope. It seeks to evade, once again, the central fact that the...
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    Resistance to smart meters--arg. We opted out ourselves (we live in Seattle, Washington), for reasons of security primarily. It bugs me no end to think that I'm being lumped in with the tinfoil hat crowd. Re Seattle's implementation of smart...
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    Only recently did I realize how much of US TV and Movies rely on this trope. In the 50s into the 70s for TV. Earlier for movies. Yes, exactly, me too! I mean, I was aware of it, and it...
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    Your touchstone for that trope is the Western, which was riddled with distressed former southern gentleman-soldiers righting wrongs on the frontier. Amen. I am not a big reader of Westerns but can hardly have grown up in the U.S. (with...
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    JBS: You may well be right, that ERB had no intent to inject an express "Lost Cause" trope into the Barsoom books. But again, it's a cultural background shift that I was trying to describe. The American background culture has...
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    How about Double Star? Or Time for the Stars? Or Glory Road? Or the second, maybe, *real* sf story I ever read, the one that really pushed me, Have Spacesuit Will Travel? How could I have forgotten Double Star! I...
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    I haven't watched Lovecraft Country; neither wife nor daughter are interested and I have few opportunities to watch something by myself. But I love the premise and I hadn't heard about the Princess of Mars shout-out--love it! As it happens,...
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    Sure, John Carter the character might have 'predated' the Old South. As you imply, though, that doesn't really alter the fact that ERB wrote him specifically as a Confederate veteran. But my point really was just that Lost Cause tropes,...
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    OGH--Hello! I'm a fan!--the link re police riots goes to a PJ Media article that seems the opposite of your point. Major cognitive dissonance; given your lead-in my brain kept trying to process the linked article as Onion-type satire until...
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