Category Archives: Shakespeare and Politics

The Bay of Pigs

What seest thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time? The Tempest, act 1. During this April 2016, an anniversary escaped the notice of most – 55 years have run their course since the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. All events gradually sink under the accumulating dust of antique time (1), and Read More

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What’s in a name? Nagorno-Karabakh

… that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet… On this point I would disagree with Juliet. If, rather than ‘rose’ the flower were called, say, ‘globularia’, the perfume would be the same, but the overall effect wouldn’t. For in ‘rose’ the initial ‘r’ trembles softly on the palate Read More

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Connections Dreamt in our Philosophy

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5) Or, rather, there are apparently unconnected things, which, at closer inspection, seem linked by a logical thread. This article points to a sample of such things and to their common thread. Given that corporate Read More

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Plumbing for ISIS

“… this news, which is called true, is so like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion” (Winter’s Tale, act 8, sc. 2) More than news, the following is an anecdote, of which history is full. The word ‘anecdote’ (from the Greek, meaning literally “not given out”, that is “unpublished”) Read More

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A Deep Divine

“…meditating with two deep divines, Not sleeping, to engross his idle body, But praying, to enrich his watchful soul.” King Richard III, act 3, sc. 7 Sipping an espresso in the park’s cafe’, I looked at the trees, thinking of that “time of the year… when yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang upon Read More

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Early Elections, Bush or Clinton?

“I would with such perfection govern, sir, To excel the golden age” The Tempest, act 2, sc. 1 I finished my coffee, closed my book, paid my bill and got up to leave. When the unknown man at the next table – whom I will henceforth called UM – said to me, “May I ask Read More

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Ukraine, Shakespeare & the Oligarchs

“…all is uneven and every thing is left at six and seven.” King Richard II, act 2, sc. 2 It is hard to imagine how the chroniclers of the mainstream media can still maintain that the Ukraine coup of February 2014 had anything to do with democracy. It is an endeavor similar to mingling oil Read More

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Syriza, Not So Greek to Us

CASSIUS Did Cicero say any thing? CASCA Ay, he spoke Greek. CASSIUS  To what effect? CASCA (I don’t know)… but those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me. Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2 It was almost inevitable that the meteoric Read More

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Shakespeare, Torture, Ideology and Ridicule

“If that be right which Warwick says is right, There is no wrong, but everything is right.” (King Henry VI part 3, act 2, sc. 2) Historians have written at length on the ideas that inspired great events. Take the 18th century, for example – when there grew, at large, a diffused sensibility towards nature. Read More

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Shakespeare, Ferguson, Reality and Symbols

“We are accounted poor citizens, the patricians good. What authority surfeits-on would relieve us: if they would yield us but the superfluity, while it were wholesome, we might guess they relieved us humanely; but they think we are too dear: the leanness that afflicts us, the object of our misery, is as an inventory to Read More

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