Archive for the 'Writing' Category

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 21st, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE (Note: Newseum doesn’t usually update the front pages until 0630 or so) Today’s headlines include: Local News Providing safe haven for animals a labor of love What the Children Services Levy means Guilty plea for drug trafficking Gator’s open for business Warren schools looks at 5-year forecast Top Headlines Poll: […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IVA…

October 20th, 2014

BETWEEN the aims of the post-totalitarian system and the aims of life there is a yawning abyss: while life, in its essence, moves toward plurality, diversity, independent self-constitution, and self organization, in short, toward the fulfillment of its own freedom, the post-totalitarian system demands conformity, uniformity, and discipline. While life ever strives to create new […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 20th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Fire crews practice techniques on donated structure Career Center project finally sold Fall fun for all on the farm Paying it forward: School volunteer finds job rewarding WSCC offers honors program to new students Top Headlines Poll: What do you do with your leftover Halloween […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IIIC…

October 19th, 2014

The smaller a dictatorship and the less stratified by modernization the society under it, the more directly the will of the dictator can be exercised. In other words, the dictator can employ more or less naked discipline, avoiding the complex processes of relating to the world and of self-justification which ideology involves. But the more […]

NOT THE (SUNDAY) MARIETTA TIMES…

October 19th, 2014

TODAY’S PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News MasqueRave Heritage Day draws visitors Wood early voting starts Wednesday W.Va. political figure, doctor Gillespie dies North Hills has field of nine candidates Top Headlines Poll: Was it appropriate for outgoing Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly to sit with Washington Redskins owner Dan […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IIIB…

October 18th, 2014

Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world. It offers human beings the illusion of an identity, of dignity, and of morality while making it easier for them to part with them. As the repository of something suprapersonal and objective, it enables people to deceive their conscience and conceal their true position and […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 18th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Food safety Local Democrats rally at dinner Woman awaits sentencing for drug trafficking Call of duty in Marietta 130 years in city; roots in Harmar Top Headlines Poll: What’s your level of confidence in the government’s response to Ebola? My confidence is high that we […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IIIB…

October 17th, 2014

Let us take note: if the greengrocer had been instructed to display the slogan “I am afraid and therefore unquestioningly obedient,” he would not be nearly as indifferent to its semantics, even though the statement would reflect the truth. The greengrocer would be embarrassed and ashamed to put such an unequivocal statement of his own […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 17th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE (Note: Newseum doesn’t usually update the front pages until 0630 or so) Today’s headlines include: Local News Breast cancer Marietta firm helps famed QB Custodian foils school break-in No Ebola screening at local airport Council opts for hearing on oil, gas lease Top Headlines Poll: How would you react if […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IIIA…

October 16th, 2014

THE MANAGER of a fruit-and-vegetable shop places in his window, among the onions and carrots, the slogan: “Workers of the world, unite!” Why does he do it? What is he trying to communicate to the world? Is he genuinely enthusiastic about the idea of unity among the workers of the world? Is his enthusiasm so […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 16th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Hearing in murder-for-hire case A place in history Traffic delays likely for a week at Pike, Seventh, Greene Business impact of legal pot is discussed Zombies invading Harmar Top Headlines Poll: Should marijuana laws be loosened in Ohio? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IIG…

October 15th, 2014

The profound difference between our system—in terms of the nature of power—and what we traditionally understand by dictatorship, a difference I hope is clear even from this quite superficial comparison, has caused me to search for some term appropriate for our system, purely for the purposes of this essay. If I refer to it henceforth […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 15th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News True blue friends Delta Queen may return to river Lots of ballot issues in area counties PUCO urges propane customers to stock up Theater inspires filmmaker Top Headlines Poll: Do you think fracking is responsible for many of Ohio’s recent earthquakes? Great pictures of Marietta… […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IIF…

October 14th, 2014

Finally, if an atmosphere of revolutionary excitement, heroism, dedication, and boisterous violence on all sides characterizes classical dictatorships, then the last traces of such an atmosphere have vanished from the Soviet bloc. For some time now this bloc has ceased to be a kind of enclave, isolated from the rest of the developed world and […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 14th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Costume choices Towns avoid Friday for Trick or Treat Smoke alarm does its job Oil, gas firms eye Morgan Co. site for HQ Black bear killed after hit-skip wreck Top Headlines Poll: What do you give trick or treaters? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going […]

MY SOUL IS REACHING TOWARDS INFINITY…

October 13th, 2014

Or so said A. Edward Newton. Ed had it right.

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IIE…

October 13th, 2014

Fourth, the technique of exercising power in traditional dictatorships contains a necessary element of improvisation. The mechanisms for wielding power are for the most part not established firmly, and there is considerable room for accident and for the arbitrary and unregulated application of power. Socially, psychologically, and physically, conditions still exist for the expression of […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 13th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE (Note: Newseum doesn’t usually update the front pages until 0630 or so) Today’s headlines include: Local News Fall foliage tour Apple Butter Stir-Off in Belpre Paying it forward: Woman’s volunteer work impressive Victorian mourning: Unique event at The Castle remembers native son Great Bowls of Fire a success for organizations […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IID …

October 12th, 2014

One legacy of that original “correct” understanding is a third peculiarity that makes our systems different from other modern dictatorships: it commands an incomparably more precise, logically structured, generally comprehensible and, in essence, extremely flexible ideology that, in its elaborateness and completeness, is almost a secularized religion. It of fears a ready answer to any […]

NOT THE (SUNDAY) MARIETTA TIMES…

October 12th, 2014

TODAY’S PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL FRONT PAGE (Note: Newseum doesn’t usually update the front pages unit 0630 or so) Today’s headlines include: Local News Chili cooks turn up heat Tourism to CVBs: Online effort vital German Fest brings out community Special Olympics in full swing at PSHS Ghost tours bring tourists to area Top Headlines […]

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