Geoffrey Fox

Reflections & Inquiries

The phantom republic and the spinning left

2017.10.28

They have finally done it! After weeks of confusing messages, yesterday the Catalan parlament conjured the illusion of an independent republic. By secret vote (because the vote was illegal), in the name of liberty (llibertat) they have abandoned legal self-government for a phantom and illegal republic, with no viable economy, no international recognition, and no … read more »

Impressions of Denmark

2017.10.26

Our visit to Copenhaguen last week was too brief for more than impressions, but enough to awaken greater interest in Denmark, the Danes and the history of Europe from the perspective of the northern Germanic peoples. Here are my notes on some of what I learned. Denmark today is a small country but it was … read more »

Catalonia now

2017.10.09

I just wrote this on Facebook to a friend who posted the article from The Nation (link below). They’ve generated a terrible crisis, together, the independentistas with their lies and impossible promises and the Madrid government with its refusal to discuss the political problem. Independence is impossible now, its costs would be unbearable (and it … read more »

The invention of races

2017.10.06

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book will require a longer, more thoughtful response, after I’ve had more time to reflect on the complex issues that Coates addresses. Particularly, why and how so many Americans need to “believe themselves white” and what that means. I am … read more »

Vicarious autobiography

2017.10.04

Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano My rating: 3 of 5 stars Gentle, thoughtful reflections on the situation of Jews in Paris during the German occupation, through the patient and persistent research of the scant surviving documents, plus the testimony of one surviving cousin, of a 16-year old, French-born daughter of Austrian and Hungarian Jewish immigrants, … read more »

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