THE EXPRESSION “Ship of Fools” was used by a Swiss theologian 515 years ago as the title of a book harshly criticizing the Catholic church of his day. Its licentiousness, he foresaw, would lead to disaster. And indeed, shortly afterwards a monk named Martin Luther split the church and set in motion the great Reformation.
FIRST, AN apology: I am not going to write about the Wikileaks. I like gossip as much as the next (wo)man. The leaks provide a lot of it, interspersed with some real information. But there is nothing really new there. The information only confirms what any intelligent person could have worked out already. If there […]
“A DISASTER!” the courtiers of the King of Hanover cried, “Seven renowned professors at Göttingen University have published a declaration of protest against you!” That was 173 years ago. The king had suspended the liberal constitution enacted by his predecessor. “So what,” the king replied, “Tarts, dancers and professors I can always buy.”
AM SAMSTAGABEND vor zwei Wochen kehrten wir mit einem Taxi von der jährlichen Gedenk-Demo für Yitzhak Rabin nach Hause zurück und, wie üblich, kamen wir mit dem Taxifahrer in ein Gespräch. Im allgemeinen verlaufen diese Gespräche freundlich mit viel Gelächter. Rachel mag sie, weil sie uns direkt mit Menschen zusammenbringen, denen wir sonst nicht begegnen. […]