2017 August 17

Circumstance & Temperament

A nation is only an individual multiplied. It makes plans and Circumstance comes and upsets them – or enlarges them. Some patriots throw the tea overboard; some other patriots destroy a Bastille. The Plans stop there; then Circumstance comes in, quite unexpectedly, and turns these modest riots into a revolution.
~~ Mark Twain, Turning Point, ~1898

There are a lot of unanswered questions in that link, but decide for yourself which side you fall on. More information may be available by the time you read this. The only part of the 2017 inauguration I saw was a video of a talking dog interviewing spectators.


Follow up: on arstechnica

Background: how it works on zdnet

Historical perspective and call to action in this TED Talk by Jennifer Granick:

see also: President’s Day essay

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
This Mark Twain postcard reads: It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.

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