- On Common Law Process: Defining Witchcraft from Exodus to Salem and Beyond August 11, 2022
- Hannah on Greece and the Origins of Civilization July 18, 2022
- False Flag Background to 2015-2017 for Critics of Confederate Secession and “Treason” October 2, 2017
- Comparing Catalonia and the Confederacy—States and Nations (with notes on the Monstrosity of Moderation in Media) October 1, 2017
- My son and his friend September 10, 2017
- REMEMBER THE USS LIBERTY (50th Anniversary of the 6 Days War in June—Israel’s First Attack was against the US Navy, NOT EGYPT! September 9, 2017
- A CANNIBALISTIC ORGY OF MAYHEM—CULTURAL GENOCIDE & DEGRADATION September 8, 2017
- Lawless Love: New Orleans Mardi Gras and Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Niebelungen… Can Civilization survive a merger? On Lundi Gras, the Ancient Krewe of Proteus tested the water… February 28, 2017
- Harvey M. Bricker and the Passing of the Great Race’s Memory of Facts: the Culture of Traditional Education January 21, 2017
- Senior Reverend Barry Taylor, All Saints Church in Beverly Hills, has resigned: WHY? September 15, 2014
- 9-11 + 13 = Happy Anniversary to a Dying Empire September 11, 2014
- Imagine America without Banks or Other Government Chartered Monopolies, with real freedom, justice, and security for a lll March 27, 2014
- Richard Wagner: the Founder of the Modern Theatre, Theatrical Style, and Godfather of Modern Love? May 22, 2013
- Curbing (Abolishing) Official Immunity for Federal and State Officers: Executive, Judicial, and Legislative, following where Senators Sam Ervin & Strom Thurmond of North & South Carolina led the way February 19, 2012
- Symbolic Attacks, Disasters, and Massacres as Political Manipulation and Staged Ritual “Historical Metaphors” of “Mythic Realities” January 30, 2012
- 2012 Election Campaign
- 9-11 Truth Movement
- Barbara Boxer
- Brave New World
- Charles Edward Lincoln III youtube video
- Charles I
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- Culture of Deception
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- Elizabeth I
- Freudian Dream Analysis
- Glorious Revolution
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- Henry Ford & Sigmund Freud
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- Mixing Memory and Desire
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During the summer of 2015, I attended a series of public and private meetings in New Orleans regarding Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s call to take down four late-19th and early 20th century monuments to three leaders of the South and one
The False Background to the “Take ‘Em All Down” Hysteria…
On June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina, a pathetic young man/boy with the highly improbable name of Dylan Storm Roof (DSR), either out of cowardice or as a “Manchurian Shooter” for the desperately race-baiting Obama Administration, shot 9 harmless and innocent, elderly attendees at an African Methodist Episcopal prayer meeting. DSR did this on the anniversary of the suppression of Denmark Vesey’s planned slave revolt in the same city one hundred ninety three years earlier in 1822.
Unlike 9-11-01 in New York or 7-7-05 in London, unlike the Kennedy Assassination, unlike Sandy Hook in Connecticut and the Batman shooting in Colorado, even unlike Oklahoma City 1995, very few people have been willing to speak out openly about the Charleston Shooting as a “False Flag” or “Governmentally Staged” attack.
Instead, conservatives and liberals used Charleston as a platform for massive anti-Confederate historical revisionism and monument destruction in the American South with a rapidity of reaction that boggles the mind. No sooner was Dylan Storm Roof arrested than a stupidly-posed looking Facebook shot of him holding a Confederate Battle Flag and wearing a jacket with badges bearing the old Rhodesian anti-Communist UDI flag and the apartheid era flag of the Republic of South Africa were published all over the country to support cries of “Take ’em Down”—referring to Confederate Monuments.
Comparing Catalonia and the Confederacy—States and Nations (with notes on the Monstrosity of Moderation in Media)
SPAIN TRIED AND FAILED TO SUPPRESS A VOTE FOR SECESSION IN ITS WEALTHY NORTHEASTERN CORNER OF CATALONIA TODAY (Sunday October 1, 2017). According to the latest tally I have seen on the BBC, 2,020,144 Catalan voters cast their ballots in favor of an Independent Republic, centered on the Mediterranean seaport of Barcelona. These two million plus voters constituted 90.09% of the 42-43% of the eligible electorate who voted, but Spain itself had urged pro-Spanish “no” voters to stay away from the Polls, and the massive police intervention and use of force must have discouraged some….
Although during the past 42 years that “Francisco Franco is still dead,” Spain has acknowledged the right of the several nationalities (Basque, Galician, Catalan) to assert regional autonomy, Spain has declared this vote illegal and non-binding. The Central Government of Spain in Madrid has been arguing ever since the election of the pro-Independence party in September of 2015, that Catalonia’s vote was going to be “illegal” and they threatened to, and actually did, try to suppress the vote by Police Action.
Most of the world (which has spoken) has either come out expressly in favor or seems tacitly on the side of Catalans who want independence. Only Madrid and the Spanish government seem strongly against it—fearful, undoubtedly, of losing prime Mediterranean beach resorts, Barcelona (the second largest city in Spain, seventh largest and “most successful” in all Europe), plus the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera). In essence, Catalonia includes some of the best real estate IN ALL OF EUROPE AND THE CIRCUM MEDITERRANEAN WORLD. This is indeed “the Spanish Riviera”.
The comparison to the Secession of the Confederate States of America is obvious, but it isn’t getting much currency in the U.S. or British Media, despite the fact that the Confederate States have made a renewed appearance in the news since April, here in New Orleans and around the USA…. and even in the consciousness of the whole world.
So, since nobody else is making the comparison (that I’ve seen so far, anyhow, I will). In 1860, the Southern states formed (per capita) the richest part of the United States. Catalonia had better hope that world opinion remains on its side! Because Spain has its eyes and tax collectors all focused on this rich province, and history tells us that the rich can be laid low when they try to retain their wealth….
For the record, Catalonia was originally, and has always considered itself, a separate “Nationality” (i.e. ethnolinguistic group). During the Middle Ages, the County of Barcelona became the Capital of the “Principality of Catalonia” which later became incorporated into the Kingdom of Aragon. Aragon, in turn, was one of the most powerful and richest states in the post-Reconquista/Crusader world of the Mediterranean. Then Aragon, later, under the 15th century reigns of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile, merged to form the modern Nation-State of “Spain”, leading to 500 years of almost continuous unity, although Aragon and Catalonia have several times reasserted their identities as monarchies or republics.
As James Ronald & Walter Donald Kennedy have shown in their most recent book “Punished with Poverty: the Suffering South, Prosperity to Poverty and the Continuing Struggle” Columbia, South Carolina: Shotwell Publishing (2016), and as my dearly beloved grandmother always told me, THE SOUTH WAS THE WEALTHIEST PART OF THE UNITED STATES, “before the War” and the poorest part afterwards. The combined cash value of the crops in any of the three pairs of Virginia and Georgia or Mississippi and Louisiana or North & South Carolina (each pair taken alone) exceeded the cash value of all the manufactured goods produced north of the Mason & Dixon-Ohio River—as of 1860. But as of 1870, war had irreversibly altered the situation.
While neither historians or any Southerners today doubt that the people of the South overwhelmingly favored secession in 1861, the state legislatures only voted to hold popular votes as referenda/plebiscites/”propositions” in three of the thirteen states and one territory seceding (there were fifteen “slave” states, but a secession vote in the legislature in Maryland was suppressed at gunpoint and the state of Delaware never tried—West Virginia seceded from Virginia but kept its slaves and (ironically) after the war was among the most hostile toward enfranchisement of the newly freed slaves, as evidenced in several of the early major civil rights cases which emerged from that idiosyncratic Appalachian state opposite Ohio that seceded to nullify secession—oh, and Arizona was a territory constituting the southern half of what is now Arizona and New Mexico, but had then all been “New Mexico” until 1861).
In the states that held popular vote referenda, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, the votes in favor of secession were nowhere nearly as lopsided as the vote held in Catalonia today (Sunday, October 1, 2017), but it should be noted that NO NORTHERN STATE, nor the United States Federal Government, under President James Buchanan, ever questioned or attempted to quash secession in any state. From South Carolina’s legislature’s first Ordinance of Secession on December 20, 1860, through Louisiana’s secession as the sixth state on January 26, 1861, the popular support for separation from the Union never appeared to waver or be doubtful.
SOUTHERN SECESSION PLEBESCITES
In February of 1861, Texas’ legislature voted to dissolve the state’s barely 16 year old affiliation with the Union on February 1, and a popular referendum was held on February 23, wherein the vote was 3.13:1 in favor of disunion.
Virginia went through a similar two stage process in April and May of 1861, and the vote there (after Fort Sumter) was 3.53:1 in favor of taking the Old Dominion state into the Confederacy. Robert E. Lee had opposed secession, but IN THOSE DAYS ONE’S CITIZENSHIP BELONGED TO THE STATE, NOT THE FEDERATION. It would be comparable to calling us all “Citizens of the United Nations”—maybe some people WANT Global Citizenship, but so far, THANK GOD, no politically viable majority anywhere have ever voted for such a thing.
Finally, in May-June, Tennessee voted to secede, although the popular vote in that state was only 2.21:1 (for reference and comparison, NO PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS EVER WON ANY ELECTION BY A 2.21-1 POPULAR VOTE (although Lyndon B. Johnson came closest in 1964 against Goldwater at 1.58 to 1 comparable to FDR in 1936 against Alf Landon at 1.61 to 1—there being more third party votes in 1936 which reduced Roosevelt’s over all majority win very slightly).
IS FREEDOM TO CHOOSE REALLY TREASON?
How many of you have been divorced? No, it’s a serious question. How many of you have been divorced AFTER taking a vow “Til Death do Us Part”? I was born an “Anglo-Catholic” (i.e. Episcopalian) and my wife was born Greek Orthodox in Greece. My parents, despite their vows, split up when I was pre-school/kindergarten and it had a major impact on my life, mostly negative. I especially regret now, looking back on it, how my grandmother taught me to scorn my own father. That MIGHT have been a bad thing… Anyhow, my point was this: my wife Elena and I swore personally to each other, quite aside from the marital vows, that we would never be divorced, that we would always stick together. And we made collateral agreements that made I think this was actually a genuine promise that we would really keep, but we didn’t. She hired the nastiest team of divorce lawyers (and their wives) in the entire state of Texas. She turned into a monster. Now, I blame the system, not her, but we split up, and it wrecked me.
But, in a sense, as one of my law school professors of international law at the University of Chicago said, “the nations of the world are all in a Roman Catholic marriage with one another.” Or are they? Are legal unions really indissoluble? Most people do not believe that law should stand in the way of divorce, although most marital lawyers want divorce to be as much like an expensive world war as humanly possible. So: is divorce “normal” or is divorce “treason?”
I have to admit, I led a fairly pro-Southern, sheltered life. Even when I lived up north and attended Harvard GSAS (A.M., Ph.D.) and the University of Chicago law (J.D.) programs, I never ever heard ANYONE ever call the Southern Confederacy TREACHEROUS or the Southern Confederates called “Traitors”—as a matter of fact, everyone I knew at Harvard kind of went out of their way to apologize for Harvard’s apparent iconography of Yankee imperialism and to point out the rather obscure stained glass windows on Memorial Hall and inscriptions dedicated to the graduates of Harvard who fought for the South—(There were 257, significantly more than you might think, including five major generals, eight brigadier generals, and fully 38% of all Harvard Graduates who died in combat 1861-1865 died in the service of the armies the CSA, including three of those brigadier generals).
So, I confess I was shocked, bowled over in fact, while I was standing in line at the very first public debate held in New Orleans on a steaming day in July in 2015 and an exceedingly unpleasant and unattractive woman in line started talking about how Confederates were all TRAITORS.
Wall Street JOURNAL MODERATE MUGWUMP: Allen C. Guelzo
“A YANKEE VISITS CHARLOTTESVILLE, WHERE GEN. LEE IS UNDER COVER.”
Some writers take poetic license, some take journalistic license. But let’s face it: some writers DO NOT DESERVE A LICENSE. Allen C. Guelzo is such a writer, and yet he writes for the Wall Street Journal…. and this is a disaster. This USED TO BE a conservative, respectable journal***. But no decent or respectable conservative would ever write that:
“As a Yankee, I find it a little difficult to grasp why monuments to Lee are here in the first place. He lost, and if there is one sin American culture still prefers to bury from sight, it’s losing. Worse, Lee committed treason against the flag and the Constitution. And behind that is the ugly truth that the Confederate cause was, when all the rhetorical chaff is swept away, designed to protect Chattel slavery, the singular birth defect of the American republic.”
This is one of those sad moments when I have to admit I’m glad I’m not Chairman Mao or Uncle Joe Stalin…. because if I were, Guelzo would be TOAST—there wouldn’t be enough left of him to fill a matchbox, I promise.
UNLIKE THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT IN CATALONIA ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 1, 2017—NO POLICE OR TROOPS TRIED TO STOP THE SOUTHERN LEGISLATURES FROM SECEDING OR THE PRO-CONFEDERATE POPULAR VOTES FROM HAPPENING
So, if secession didn’t bother the outgoing President James Buchanan, or if it bothered him he didn’t do anything to stop it. Buchanan was a Democrat, but he was a PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRAT—a Yankee….the only Pennsylvanian ever to be elected President and the last President born in the 18th century.
Buchanan supported his own Vice-President, John C. Breckinridge, in the election of 1860—Breckinridge being the choice of the “Southern Democrats” over Stephen Douglas of Illinois. Breckinridge became a Confederate general—that’s right folks, the Vice-President of the United States who came in Second in the Electoral Vote and Third in the Popular Vote in 1860 became a Confederate General. Was he a traitor too?
I ask you (and Guelzo) somewhat rhetorically: IF the Vice-President of any country decides to take up arms agains that Country—don’t you suppose that there are some MAJOR issues at stake? If James Buchanan believed that he had no constitutional power to stop secession, where did Abraham Lincoln get the idea that he had that power?
For the moment, I will leave that idea to you, but recommend to all my readers the words of James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy, but also of Von Mises Institute Economist Thomas James DiLorenzo.
But is it significant that England would surely have allowed Scotland to opt out of the UK if Scotland had voted to do so several years ago? Is it significant that Spain is trying very hard to look like a bully as it tries to bully Catalonia into submission, but that the world will almost certainly accept Catalonian secession in fairly short order?
***The Wall Street Journal was a feature of life in and around my maternal grandparents’ home in Highland Park in Dallas from the time I went to live there at age 6 years, two months, until my grandmother’s death in May 2001. I respected it as perhaps the best newspaper in all of North America—I even arranged to have the WSJ delivered to Hacienda Chichén (and later the adjacent Casa Victoria) when I lived there, and made it the headquarters of my Harvard-Peabody-National Geographic-Chichén Itzá Archaeological Project 1983-1988. Arranging such things by courier delivery from the Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún in the 1980s was no piece of cake.
I introduced them both to the Firefly universe by Joss Whedon in the winter of 2005 when theaters released the movie Serenity–the spin off of the Firefly series.
Dylan Lohrstorfer is an expert musician both in practice and theory. He has been practicing and studying music theory since his nascent days. Dylan has composed many pieces for the past ten years since his teenage days. He also performs regularly in the Austin, Texas area. My son, Charlie, is an amateur musician who enjoys dabbling in music and composing small pieces here and there.
They definitely need some work on, but I was informed this was a practice video they shared with me merely because they knew I am aficionado of Firefly.
REMEMBER THE USS LIBERTY (50th Anniversary of the 6 Days War in June—Israel’s First Attack was against the US Navy, NOT EGYPT!
Kenn Gividen and I, together with David Gahary and Pastor Larry Beane REMEMBER THE USS LIBERTY—it has been Fifty Years since the 6 Days War started with an attack (not on Egypt but… on the USA:
Mitch Landrieu’s program of cultural genocide in New Orleans has led to an orgy of cannibalistic mayhem across the United States. The injuries inflicted against the Southern People in particular, all real Americans in general, and against the ideals of the Constitution of 1787 and the legitimate disputes, grievances, and political failures that led to the War Between the States in 1861-65 together amount to an intentionally malicious attack on the very foundations of Western Civilization itself. It is time we fight back and pin the blame for all the destructions nationwide on the Mayor of New Orleans and his unnamed sponsors.
Harvey M. Bricker and the Passing of the Great Race’s Memory of Facts: the Culture of Traditional Education
Memories of Memorization, Traditional Education, and the Old Archaeology that came from WASPY Old “Traditional” Harvard. Education of a kind that almost no one has anymore, from an Educator without fair modern parallels, because of my Memories of a serious man with a wry and dry sense of humor who wore bow-ties and proudly (if somewhat ironically and daringly) sported a Hitler-style “toothbrush” mustache….
Word has come to me second-hand via HSC from the desk of my old honors’ thesis advisor E. Wyllys Andrews V that Professor Harvey M. Bricker of Tulane University passed on, joining his professors and other “Dead White Men” of Academic History in the the Great Symposium in the Sky last Sunday January 15, 2017. I rarely have occasion to write or even think about my undergraduate college professors in the 1970s, but Harvey without any doubt was one of my two top favorites out of a faculty of Archaeology and Historical Anthropology that I simply loved, really idolized, and almost worshipped as a younger than average teenager in New Orleans.
It is hard to believe that he must have been 76 or 77 when he died. Harvey and his wife Victoria R. were among the young generation of professors who totally remade Tulane as a modern university in the 1970s. (Vicky Bricker was, in fact, my very first professor of Anthropology, and the reason I switched from Political Science to Anthropology as my freshman declaration of major).
Harvey was an uncompromising traditionalist, an “Old Archaeologist” of the Hallam L. Movius (Harvard) and Francois Bordes/Bordeaux French Palaeoloithic School of careful excavation and stone tool typologies. Harvey made no attempt to conceal his contempt for the “New Archaeology” of the “Processualists” and for that I absolutely loved him.
He was a great classroom professor, although I’m sad to say I apparently only managed to take two classes from him, namely “Man in the Pleistocene” and “Rise of Civilization”, then catalog numbered Anthropology 625-626.
Today, I am most grateful to him for emphasizing a much maligned feature of learning: memorization. “Memorization of Facts” is denigrated in the modern world as almost beneath contempt. “Give me Big Problems; Teach me how to think outside the box; don’t try to lock me in” whine the modern millennial students.
I have always wondered how you ever think outside of the box if you don’t know what’s IN the box. It’s a serious question. I firmly believe that thought unanchored in knowledge of all that came before is pretty much worthless. But that is the way and the story of the modern world: “let’s forget everything that the Dead White Men thought day before yesterday” and “let’s just think whatever we want to think and do whatever we want to do”—that’s a surefire strategy for disaster, and it’s what the cultural marxists are doing with modern education at all levels.
Harvey Bricker awarded high grades ONLY for recitation of facts. “Facts are low level observations” which do not require much in the way of comparative thought, while “Theories are Higher Level, synthetic observations.” Or so I learned another (much more “Processual”, “New”) Archaeologist, Columbia’s Barbara J. Price, who herself died in New York City, February 18, 2016, at the age of 75.
To look at the forest or the trees, that is the question. Except it is really no kind of question: if you don’t look up very close, you won’t, you can’t possibly, know what kind of trees are in the forest, what is the mix of species. And to really study forest ecology you need a pretty exact census of each tree, vine, and bush in your study area, together with the contents and depths of the soil, the worm and insect population, not to mention the birds and mammals.
So Harvey M. Bricker taught like they did back in my grandparents’ days, back in the time of Madison Grant (the one who wrote of “The Passing of the Great Race”), and Harvey expected students to learn the names of local site phases and radio-carbon dates and the typological contents of tool assemblages.
I was fortunate because my grandparents had required me to memorize lists since I was a kid, and to recite them and test my memory was our family’s version of fun and game time. My grandfather’s practical point was simple: “Memorization is the key to any kind of business success. I have companies (H.B. Meyer & Son’s, Al Meyer Company, Bell Chemical Company) that depend on sales to very sophisticated corporate and government customers who have “procurement departments” whose employees do nothing but look at the available products’ cost benefits all day long. If my salesmen can’t remember every single product we have without consulting a catalog, they won’t be able to push the right product to the right customer. If they can’t remember every chemical component of every product, when it was patented, by us or someone else, and how it was used, they won’t be effective in presenting the substance of what we offer. So these are the same games we play at the office: who can remember the most detail. You’ll never regret learning how to memorize.”
So the attack on memorization of facts is part of the modern “dumbing down” of people to serve computers. Computers are based on memory, but can a computer really sell a product, or an idea, as effectively, or with as much flare and enthusiasm, as a personal conversation can do?
Academics, of course, both creates and consists of (at least theoretically, ideally) the great marketplace of ideas. Harvey Miller Bricker belonged to this old school that an archaeologist needed to be (in essence) as good a salesman for his ideas as anyone on my grandfather’s well-disciplined sales team. In the modern world of “safe spaces” and “trigger words” and political correctness gone mad, well, forcing people to memorize facts is tantamount to forcing them to work, and to accept the world as it is.
But if we haven’t studied the world as it REALLY is, how can we even know for sure that we don’t like it?
I remember my big bulging blue spiral ring notebooks with gold embossed “Tulane University” on the covers, chocked with page after page of notes in my fair-to-awful handwriting and internal manila “pocket” containers stuffed with class handouts, quizzes, and graded tests and papers.
For Anthro 625, “Man in the Pleistocene” (a survey of Old Stone Age/Palaeolithic Archaeology) from the first choppers below the bottom of the earliest floors at Olduvai Gorge to the final end of the ice age and dawn of the Mesolithic, Harvey’s lectures were filled with facts, and I basically couldn’t write down the facts he gave in those speeches fast enough. I wrote my paper for that course, “Comment Vivaient les Rennes a l’Age de l’homme Préhistorique” hypothesizing that the Later Magdalenian people of Upper Palaeolithic France had domesticated the reindeer, at least to the same degree that the Lapp of Finland have done so in modern times. (It was at least two years before the release of the Christmas kids’ song, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”… but “L’Age du Rennes” or “the Reindeer Age” is an old-fashioned French expression naming the Upper Palaeolithic. Harvey made me rewrite it about four times. It was a great experience. I remember reading and criticizing the work of an English archaeologist named D.A. Sturdy, and Harvey told me (wrote on one version of my paper) I shouldn’t be so hard on him, that Sturdy wasn’t necessarily “that stupid.” I was only 17 but Harvey spent a great deal of time with me.
For “Rise of Civilization”, Harvey required us to memorize the local sequence of Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Bronze Age in each sector of Europe, including the infamous “Reinecke” series. Thanks to Harvey, names like “Starčevo-Körös-Cris”, Vinča, Vinitsa, Lepenski-Vir, Dolni Vestonice, Dunaújváros, were fixed in my mind and remained ready to resuscitate talking to archaeologists in 1989-90 when my former Greek wife and I toured Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe during and after the fall of the Iron Curtain while I had a Volkswagenwerk Fellowship at the University of Bonn…. In essence, Harvey in New Orleans had taught us about local sequences as well as and as thoroughly as locally specialized archaeologists learn about their own backyards in (the former) Czechoslovakia, Hungary, (the former) Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria.
I never got to go on a dig with Harvey at the Châtelperronian site of Les Tambourets in the Pyrenees in southern France or ever even to see him in action, except in the classroom, but I heard so much from him, and found him so inspiring, that I feel like I did.
I don’t know how it is now, but in those days the Anthropology Professors at Tulane all ate at the University Cafeteria with the students, and so we got to spend lots of time with them out of class. Harvey at a table with students was always funny in his stern dry way, twitching his mustache meaningfully in ways that the Führer himself could never have matched. He and Vicky had their share of the Anthro Department parties, including the annual Ritual of the Passing of the Golden Bough, at their home on Cherokee Street. I miss those days…. they were so carefree and fine and fun…. and so very interesting.
The passing of a great old fashioned professor like Harvey is a very sad moment. He and Vicky, starting 42-40 years in the past, so long ago, played a major role in shaping my life, my mind and intellect, such as it is….and they definitely formed a large part of how I look at the world…. through their very conservative lenses of cultural evolution and archaeological prehistory, the evolution of civilization and the development of cultures. I did not know them when they were focused on Maya astronomy and all that has remained pretty much beyond my grasp until the present day anyhow…. I am ashamed that I do not even own their magnum opus as of today, although I plan on buying it immediately:
But above all I remember them walking across the Tulane campus together looking so dedicated, so serious, and determined.
America in general, Tulane in particular, was different back then. But if we remember and rebuild, mixing memory and desire, as T.S. Eliot wrote in the Wasteland, perhaps it could be that way again. Perhaps students will rediscover the joys of memorization and building knowledge carefully and slowly, one brick, one stone tool, one Palaeolithic burin or type of clay at a time…. and both our theories and the world may be better for this.
The circumstances surrounding the resignation of the Reverend Barry Taylor stink of undisclosed Borgia-and-Medici style backstabbing in the Hallowed Halls of All Saints Beverly Hills and the Cathedral of Los Angeles…… Reverend Stephen Huber, All Saints’ Rector for the past several years, alleged a “financial infraction” protected by “the confidentiality of the employment relationship.”
As a “Senior Associate Rector”…I want to know: how and if so how much would Barry have even had access to Church funds? Beyond those necessary to manage his service—AS2, and the collection plates therefrom?
In my personal experience, when a corporation, or a government, wants to get rid itself of someone exemplary, who poses a threat to the establishment, they will either () charge sexual misconduct, () charge financial mismanagement of some kind, () claim that the target individual is insane and mentally unstable. Since the data are easiest to “fake” on the financial front—especially with regard to someone as well-known as Barry Taylor, the choice was obvious…. And yes, I have indeed experienced similar things—but that was back in “bad old Texas”…. not here in Enlightened Southern California…..
The Reverend Steve Huber, Rector of All Saints in Beverly Hills, is a nice guy. I don’t know him very well at all, but I certainly have nothing against him. Or, actually, I HAD nothing against him until yesterday….. His announcements, by letter and (in Church) sermon, concerning the resignation of Senior Reverend Barry Taylor, however, leaves much to be desired.
I have been following Barry irregularly since 2009, becoming more-and-more fascinated by his special intellect and style of preaching ever since I first heard him give a sermon based in part on references to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, in 2009, but especially last year and this year (2013-2014).
Last winter, after Christmas, Barry gave a series of sermons entitled “Roots” using vegetal metaphors to analyze the origins and operations of the Christian Church—and expressly relating Christianity to Astronomy, Biology, Ecology, and Evolution.
This past August, Barry gave a phenomenal series of four sermons entitled “Drugs, Art, Sex, and Religion” dealing in part with those topics directly and in part with the modernist psychological analysis of such things, beginning with the writings of Sigmund Freud.
Barry’s Fifth Sermon in August, “Religion without Illusions” (an obvious and not at all illusory) allusion to Freud’s pamphlet pubished 1927: Die Zukunft Einer Illusion, was the culmination and dénouement of this series. But in that fifth sermon of the most amazing series of teachings I have ever encountered in any Church, anywhere, there were signs of something wrong. Barry seemed constrained to speak his mind as forcefully and fully as usual. And all month he had been advertising that there would be a reception after the Fifth Sermon on August 31, 2014, for the parishioners and members of his special AS2 congregation to discuss, criticize, and evaluate his presentations. I know I was not alone in looking forward to that discussion. But it did not happen. And there was no explanation. And Barry disappeared hurriedly out the back door after the sermon.
That was two weeks ago yesterday (August 31). Last week, September 7, Barry again seemed not quite himself. And then yesterday Reverend Huber announced Barry’s resignation….reporting that the Bishop of Los Angeles had demanded it. And Reverend Huber darkly suggested that some sort of “financial infraction” relating to “the confidential nature of the employment relationship” had been committed.
To all that I say “Bollux” and demand to know more.