Unpopular Front

John Ganz
the junk shop of history
Created 14 Oct 2020
  • “It Was Outta Respect”
    06 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 0
    If you read the newspapers five years ago, you’d have been told the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) was dead. The party just had a disastrous result in federal elections, garnering just 21% o...
  • The Failure of Presidential Democracy
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 0
    Last week, we learned about the crackpot legal justification for overturning the election cooked up by Trump’s legal team. Jamelle Bouie writes of this revelation in the New York Times: On Jan. 20, Jo...
  • The Conspiracist
    24 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 15 0
    “The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie,” Karl Marx wrote in The Communist Manifesto. Of course, there’s more to it than that, ri...
  • Note To Subscribers
    21 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    Dear All, You may have noticed fewer posts of late. I promise new stuff is coming soon, I am just wrapping up a chapter of the book I’m working on and have been very focused on that for the past few w...
  • Reading, Watching 09.12
    12 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 3
    Denzel Washington in The Siege (1998) The Siege (1998) On September 11th, I was in high school in Brooklyn Heights, across the river from lower Manhattan. I was sitting on the east side of the buildin...
  • The Man Who Wouldn't Be King
    08 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 0
    Massoud during the Soviet-Afghan War, photo from AP The New York Times reported yesterday that the Taliban took control of the Panjshir Valley, the last bastion of organized opposition against their r...
  • Reading, Watching 09.05
    05 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 4
    The Man Who Would Be King (1975) on Criterion Channel Just in time from our withdrawal from Afghanistan, Criterion Channel has added John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King. Based on Rudyard Kipling s...
  • Revising the F-Scale
    29 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 15 4
    Sorry it has been a little while since my last newsletter, but I find the heat and humidity of August to be non-conducive to intellectual effort. For this installment, I want to look again at the Amer...
  • Reading, Watching 08.16
    16 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 4
    Harrison Ford resorts to force…regretfully This weekend on vacation, I watched Patriot Games (1992) for maybe the 6th or 7th time. I love this movie, along with its companion Tom Clancy movies, Clear ...
  • Anti-Democratic Vistas, Part II
    13 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 16 2
    (This is Part II of a two-part series on Hungary. Here is Part I.) On June 17th, the front page of the New York Times featured the headline, “Hungarian Who Led '56 Revolt Is Buried as a Hero.” The re-...
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