Revolutionary Quotes from Che Guevara

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, famously known as Che Guevara or just Che was born in 1928 in Rosario. Che Guevara was a doctor, a revolutionary legend, a political leader, an author, a diplomat and a military theorist. This radical leader was also one of the major figures of the Cuban Revolution. Continue reading

What is the meaning of the ending of “The Man in the High Castle”?

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The end of The Man in the High Castle consists of:

Julianna Frink visiting Hawthorne Abendsen and asking the Oracle why it wrote The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, the novel-within-a-novel that suggests, contrary to Dick’s story, that Germany and Japan lost World War II. The Oracle responds with the Chung Fu hexagram, meaning “Inner Truth”, implying that Grasshopper was actually true and the world Julianna and Hawthorne inhabit is fake.

Understanding all that (and I’m assuming I’m interpreting it correctly), what did Dick want the reader to get out of this? What’s he saying? My initial thought was that Germany and Japan failed to conquer the US because the arts and culture remained, albeit dimmed, so the new world order they thought they created wasn’t really that strong, but that doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense to me. Does anyone have a better understanding than me? Am I interpreting the ending wrong?

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Why did the United States invade Panama?

I would describe the US perspective on Panama prior to the invasion as benign neglect, except typically that phrase is not used to describe the kind of self-interested neglect practiced by Americans in the country. The clearest summary of this I’ve seen is in Michael Conniff’s Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance. To summarize the summary: Continue reading

Costa-Gavras

Several of my favorite films were directed by Greek-French film director Costa-Gavras. Z, State Of Siege, Missing, and the Confession. The mixing of the thriller genre and universal political themes not only makes for very interesting films but also thought provoking ones. Continue reading

Civil Rights Act of 1875

The Civil Rights Act of 1875 (18 Stat. 335–337), sometimes called Enforcement Act or Force Act, was a United States federal law enacted during the Reconstruction Era to guarantee African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury service. The bill was passed by the 43rd United States Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1875. Several years later, the Supreme Court ruled in Civil Rights Cases (1883) that sections of the act were unconstitutional.