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John Ganz
the junk shop of history
Created 14 Oct 2020
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  • Reading 08.01
    01 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 2
    Usually this series is entitled ‚ÄúReading, Watching,‚ÄĚ but I haven‚Äôt been watching very many movies worth writing about, so this week it‚Äôs just books. I recently went to the Strand and got a pretty dece...
  • When Myth Becomes Policy
    30 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 20 4
    Trump at signing of POW/MIA flag law [source: VFW] First of all, I’d just like to thank and welcome all the new subscribers. I recently decided to do this as largely paid-only and people seem to have ...
  • Revisiting ‚ÄúTotalitarianism‚ÄĚ
    24 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 18 12
    Hannah Arendt reading In the run-up to and immediate aftermath of Trump’s election in 2016, there was a small explosion of interest in Hannah Arendt among liberals, particularly in her 1951 Origins of...
  • Reading, Watching 7.18
    18 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 6
    It’s fashionable these days on both the Left and Right to look back with nostalgia on post-war America as a kind of Golden Age of the American working class, when unions insured good wages that could ...
  • Feb 6 1934/Jan 6 2021
    15 Jul 2021 • 23 min read • 21 3
    Socialist deputies march with strikers on February 12 1934 source Shortly after January 6, I exchanged a few emails with Robert Paxton, author of The Anatomy of Fascism, asking him his opinion about w...
  • 6 f√©vrier 1934
    06 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 6 1
    We left off last time with the apparent suicide of Stavisky and the growing sense of crisis in the capital. From the beginning of January into February, the far-right leagues staged violent demonstrat...
  • The 1619 Project Revisited
    27 Jun 2021 • 12 min read • 40 3
    In the light of the ongoing controversy over Critical Race Theory, I thought it might be interesting to revisit the earlier controversy over the 1619 Project. While the 1619 Project is not really an i...
  • We're All Postmodern Neo-Marxists Now
    21 Jun 2021 • 14 min read • 38 4
    As some of you might be aware there is an ongoing controversy‚ÄĒbetter to say hysteria‚ÄĒover something called ‚ÄúCritical Race Theory.‚ÄĚ Certain charlatans on the Right are making CRT out to be a bogey that...
  • The Stavisky Affair
    15 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 3
    I left off last time with the state of unease of the Third Republic in the 1930s: the economic pressures of the Depression and the political unrest of the far right leagues. William Shirer, then a cor...
  • Not-So-Beautiful Souls
    12 Jun 2021 • 16 min read • 9 3
    I left off in Part II talking about Leah Finnegan‚Äôs 2018 piece in the Outline and Kierkegaard‚Äôs concept of irony, but I want to take a quick look at another ‚Äė90s magazine feature on irony that I misse...