The first time he read that passage, Jacobi had just nodded along. Talking about revolution was the anarchist version of praising the baby Jesus, invoked so frequently it faded into background noise. But Kaczynski meant it. He was a genius who went to Harvard at 16 and made breakthroughs in something called “boundary functions” in his 20s. He joined the mathematics department at UC Berkeley when he was 25, the youngest hire in the university’s then-99-year history. And he did try to escape the world he could no longer bear by moving to Montana. He lived in peace without electricity or running water until the day when, maddened by the invasion of cars and chain saws and people, he hiked to his favorite wild place for some relief and found a road cut through it. “You just can’t imagine how upset I was,” he told an interviewer in 1999. “From that point on, I decided that, rather than trying to acquire further wilderness skills, I would work on … [Read more...] about Children of Ted
Dogs deserve better
King: No, time has healed the wounds—and buoyed me with the inspiration of another moment which I shall never forget: when I saw with my own eyes over 3,000 young Negro boys and girls, totally unarmed, leave Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church to march to a prayer meeting—ready to pit nothing but the power of their bodies and souls against Bull Connor’s police dogs, clubs, and fire hoses. When they refused Connor’s bellowed order to turn back, he whirled and shouted to his men to turn on the hoses. It was one of the most fantastic events of the Birmingham story that these Negroes, many of them on their knees, stared, unafraid and unmoving, at Connor’s men with the hose nozzles in their hands. Then, slowly the Negroes stood up and advanced, and Connor’s men fell back as though hypnotized, as the Negroes marched on past to hold their prayer meeting. I saw there, I felt there, for the first time, the pride and the power of nonviolence. … [Read more...] about Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
As de Blasio continues his endless campaign for social and economic change that lies largely outside his control, he seems to feel powerless in the area where he really could shape the future. “If I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed,” he said in an interview with New York’s Chris Smith. The fact that it can’t, he added, “leaves this friction, and this anger, which is visceral.” That’s an odd complaint for the man running a metropolis where every block is governed by a Talmudic stack of regulations. It’s true that New York’s as-of-right model allows developers to do whatever the city’s byzantine rules don’t explicitly forbid. But those rules are malleable, and the power to write them is one of any municipality’s crudest and most basic tools. De Blasio has wielded that power tactically. Despite his rage against the machine, he has ably … [Read more...] about Bill de Blasio, New York’s Putterer-in-Chief