Political Insanity By JR Nyquist
The two articles linked below are insightful, interesting, informative, timely and important. JR Nyquist is a brilliant thinker and writer. His concerns are real, based in both the historical past and the unfolding present. We follow his engaging work, and encourage you to do the same.
Posted at the JR Nyquist Blog: “Political Insanity, Part II: From Don Quixote to Mark Milley” By JR Nyquist
“Buffoonish antics, in history, often entail serious consequences.”
“When Don Quixote acquires Sancho Panza as a squire, Voegelin tells us that a “conversation” develops; for when Quixote goes off to fight windmills, Sancho warns him to be careful as they are only windmills and not giants. What does Don Quixote say to this? He basically drags Sancho Panza with him, and Sancho ends up joining in the madness. Why join in the madness? One might ask why the German people followed Hitler, or why various politicians in the United States, who are buffoons, are likewise followed? Over time the politician (as buffoon) draws people into his false reality. The very act of following a buffoon, and of being entertained by him, triggers a process akin to seduction. “He really is entertaining,” they say in the beginning. Then, after the passage of time, the public begins to believe in him; and they even vote for him.”
…and be sure to read his earlier installment: “Political Insanity: A Diagnosis”
“Many Americans, especially politicians, suffer from a form of insanity. They continue to turn a blind eye to the military preparations of Russia and China. These preparations should be front and center, but they are not. The attentive citizen glimpses the danger out of the corner of one eye, now and again. A series of “little” warnings trickle in from abroad.”
by Miguel De Cervantes and Edith Grossman
Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. You haven’t experienced Don Quixote in English until you’ve read this masterful translation.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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