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Posts on 12/12/97

The Leaden Fall of the Roman Empire

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 12/12/97 5:07 pm) One colleague's message on lead poisoning as the cause of the fall of the Roman Empire has provoked responses showing that history raises passions. Gus Breene of San Antonio consulted his &q ...

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Posts on 12/09/97

Journalists

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 12/09/97 1:25 pm) WAIS rejects the cavalier public attitude toward the working press, which in general does a very professional job of reporting events, although, through lack of general interest, coverage of intern ...

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Posts on 12/08/97

Middle East

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 12/08/97 12:48 am) U.S. Middle East policy has alienated to different degrees all the countries of the world, except Israel. Even Saudi Arabia is wavering, and there may well be an upheaval there. MIRA is a Saudi pol ...

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Posts on 12/06/97

The Social Contract

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 12/06/97 3:27 pm) Popular news magazines like "Time" and "Newsweek" have deteriorated in their attempt to boost circulation. Thank heavens "The Economist" still keeps up its standards. A ...

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Posts on 12/05/97

Our Lady of The Washing Machine

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 12/05/97 8:20 am) Our Lady of The Washing MachineMy lamentation about the new Palo Alto statue of a naked woman carrying on her head a tilted washing machine out of which water drains has provoked  quit ...

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Posts on 12/04/97

Correction

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 12/04/97 3:37 pm) In my TV interview with Professor Rakove, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book on the constitution, we discussed the changing of meaning of key words. We referred to "Liberty" and &qu ...

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Posts on 12/01/97

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 12/01/97 9:33 am) It is common for groups to have a symbolic figure, like Adam Smith for those of a certain socio-economic orientation and Jefferson for those of another. Alexander Graham Bell would seem to be the ...

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Posts on 11/29/97

James Bryce (1838-1922)

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 11/29/97 9:39 am) As you surely know, C-Span has conducted a year-long campaign promoting Tocqueville's account of democracy in America. In Oxford, in the 30s, I taught a course on Tocqueville--the worst course ...

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Posts on 11/27/97

Art & Intelligence

(Ronald Hilton, USA, 11/27/97 8:25 am) The memos on (1) Paul Rich's essay on Chiapas and e-mail and (2) Bilbao and art brought quite a response.   (1) The objection that there is such a mass of information and disinfo ...

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