". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Obama's Choices

Democracy Now!
November 20, 2008
"Agents of Change or Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons? A Discussion aboutBarack Obama’s Advisers and Transition Team"

[ As speculations abound over who President-elect Barack Obama will name to key cabinet positions, we look at some of the central figures advising Obama, many of whom are leading candidates for posts in the nextadministration. We speak with Jeremy Scahill, author of the new piece “ThisIs Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama’s WhiteHouse,” and David Corn, author of “The Agents of Change on Obama’sTransition Team.” ]

And, in The Nation

[ "Past and Future"
Comment By William Greider
November 24, 2008

A year ago, when Barack Obama said it was time to turn the page, hiscampaign declaration seemed to promise a fresh start for Washington. I, forone, failed to foresee Obama would turn the page backward. Thepresident-elect's lineup for key governing positions has opted forcontinuity, not change. Virtually all of his leading appointments arerestoring the Clinton presidency, only without Mr. Bill. In some importantways, Obama's selections seem designed to sustain the failing policies ofGeorge W. Bush. ]


Frank Partisan said...

I heard the broadcat. The problem is, they offer no alternative as a labor party.

See this.

Happy Thanksgiving

Foxessa said...

Yeah -- that went out to da List!

Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

We won't be heading up to Harlem until sometime after 6 PM.

None of this farmer's hours of Noon Dinner around here! I swear, back in the day, our grandfathers would have had a heart attack if they didn't get fed dinner every single day on the dot of noon.

Supper had more leeway, as in summers they tended to work from sun up to sun down, so supper came after that.

Love, C.