Saturday, February 20, 2010


You may have noted that the syllabus for next week's course again supplements our main reading, Report from Iron Mountain, with speeches by Eisenhower and MLK.
These are President Eisenhower's Farewell Address and Martin Luther King's A Time to Break Silence. We will be discussing these on Thursday, not Tuesday, so you should focus your energies on the book this weekend. But I do want to encourage you to listen to these speeches while reading them. The links will take you to recordings beneath which are transcripts you can follow. Eisenhower's famous "military-industrial complex" speech is about fifteen minutes long, but King's speech, also sometimes known by the alternate and better title "A Revolution in Values" (I happen to think it his most powerful speech) is about fifty minutes long and you should make the time to give it your full attention. Its last twenty minutes are especially important. Again, we will discuss these speeches Thursday as we also finish up our discussion of the Report. Precises on any of these works are enormously welcome. Precises tackling sections or issues in the Rand, Polanyi, Keynes are also possibly welcome. E-mail me if you have an idea for such a Precis and I'll let you know what I think of it. Hope your weekend is going well. Let's see some life on the blog howzabout?

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