Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. What Good Are the Humanities?

 

Marco Rubio insulted me; see the video here. He said I was useless, and called me a fool for practicing my useless profession. It was the final proof that Republicans are anti-intellectual. Or so the stories say. Actually, I don’t believe a word of it. All I can say for sure is that he said that we shouldn’t denigrate vocational training, and that having more welders and fewer folks like me is a good way of increasing overall wages. And that was only after he went over a pretty solid laundry list of economic policies supporting freer markets and fiscal sanity.

While I could dwell happily enough in a world in which I’m proven wrong about this, I can still vote for a man who insults my profession, provided he’s the best man for the job. (Never mind that the best woman for the job also happens to be the only presidential candidate who studied philosophy . . . and has also made more money than most welders . . . and is a Republican.) Anyway, though it now seems like last year’s news, it’s still a good excuse to hear from the Ricocheti on the following question: What good are the humanities?

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The day you buy yourself all the stuff you had been putting off, either due to laziness or other priorities. But now they are on sale, so you can afford 1 or 2 tiers nicer. I needed a new work shoe. So a new pair of Ferragamo loafers were for me. When the nice mall […]

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I have a soft spot for most national anthems, apart from my own, the British (which is little more than a series of curt instructions to the Almighty), but for sheer primal defiance in the face of attack you can’t beat the Marseillaise… #HommageNational https://t.co/N5LOmdIp70 Preview Open

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20150707_collective-defence-img2Two particularly interesting comments came up at the tail end of my post about Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian jet. Let me reproduce them:

Pilgrim wrote:

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Today I was checking out the Atlanta paper’s capsule reviews of recent movie releases. I reached the new movie Trumbo and turned the page in disgust after reading that “Dalton Trumbo was one of the most outspoken of the Hollywood Ten, blacklisted for refusing to testify about Communist sympathizers in the Cold War panic.” How […]

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This week features an early-edition college football open thread because my Texas Tech Red Raiders are facing off against the Texas Longhorns in Austin this Thanksgiving evening. It’s been seven years since the Raiders last beat the Horns on an epic catch by Michael Crabtree, arguably the signature win of the Mike Leach era: Preview Open

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If you want a clear example of how the authors of the US Constitution understood our government’s relationship to religion, look no further than the proclamation of a day of thanksgiving to God in 1789 by President George Washington. Here is his speech inaugurating this holiday (and yes, “holiday” is a derivation of “holy day”).

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

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As I was sorting through some old things, I ran across a little thanksgiving prayer I had written the first year my husband and I were married. We had a quiet Thanksgiving that year, just the two of us and a duck. We’re off to a much larger (and doubtless noisier) Thanksgiving dinner with extended family soon. Enjoy giving thanks, all, and God bless!

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Most of this is something I posted on my blog a couple of years ago and I think rather fitting for Thanksgiving. It started when I came across an article First Things on the rock composer and performer, Warren Zevon. First Things is a rather high brow religious magazine (mostly traditional Christian and to my […]

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Sitting with my parents during NBC’s coverage of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I’m on the hunt for a non-commercially broadcast live stream online. Why? Because NBC prefers to show its anchors, celebrity interviews, and basically anything other than the actual parade. The situation recurs every year. It’s a tradition for my parents to watch the […]

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Good morning, America–what news of your daily life can you share with me? I’ll warn you, my knowledge of Thanksgiving does not stretch much beyond thinking, Shooting turkeys–these Americans get it! Turkeys jump up on low roofs & then gingerly down on exposed necks. Not to be trusted until they glow like Greek bronze in a […]

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From the Guardian: Controversial pharmaceutical boss Martin Shkreli has has decided he’s not going to lower the price of his HIV medication after all. Preview Open

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This is an open post to discuss all the things for which we’re thankful, big and small.

MediaItem_234I may have more reason to be thankful today than most: First, I’m thankful to an anonymous pig who (reluctantly, I imagine) donated its aortic valve to my father, replacing his dangerously calcified human one. (Thank you, gentle pig! We hope you liked your experience of xenoplantation, and welcome you to your new human lifestyle! You’ll love settling in to watch The Simpsons with my dad: We absolutely loved that when we were growing up.)

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Sure, there are innumerable articles on how to survive Thanksgiving with your horrible family, but who has time to read all that? (These pumpkin-spice lattes aren’t going to drink themselves, are they?) So here’s a quick cheat sheet for surviving. First of all, don’t call it “Turkey Day.” It’s humanonormative and terribly macabre considering what […]

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This morning, Trump’s campaign manager suggested that the media has been suppressing the footage that Trump claims to have seen on the morning of 9-11 of thousands of NJ Muslims celebrating in the streets. This effectively makes the Trump campaign 9-11 truthers, saying that the “truth is out there” but someone is preventing the truth […]

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