". . . 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, October 25, 2011

Frank Rich on Occupy Wall Street and the Great Depression

The Class War Has Begun:

And the very classlessness of our society makes the conflict more volatile, not less.

1 comment:

K. said...

Thanks! I miss Frank Rich. I wish I didn't share his prognosis, but I do.

Barbara Kingsolver's novel The Lacuna has a good ground view set piece about the dispersal of the Bonus Army.