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The Rule of Names

Ursula K. Le Guin The documentary film Anarchism in America, which features interviews with Karl Hess and Murray Bookchin among others, is advertised as containing footage of sf author Ursula Le Guin as well. But a number of viewers have reported, with disappointment, that Le Guin is nowhere to be found.

I’m not so sure. In track 3, titled “International Symposium on Anarchism,” there’s a frustratingly brief clip of an unidentified woman saying: “I think anarchism to most people does mean bomb-throwing, at first. But they don’t know that it’s an idea at all, and a whole political philosophy, and a moral philosophy.”

Is that Le Guin? I think it might be. (Even if so, admittedly an insufficient basis for including her name in puffery for the film. Still, it’s an excellent film, worth a watch.)

The Blog Is Dead! Long Live the Blog!

Welcome to the new version of my blog!  Note that the new address is and the new RSS feed is of the Empire

After four years I’ve finally switched from doing everything manually to using actual blogging software.  I’m not crazy about how the new version looks, and I haven’t mastered all the technical details yet; but the two chief advantages will be: a) it will save me time, and b) it will allow readers to post comments.  (For now I’m letting comments be unmoderated – though judging from some of the crazy email I get, I can imagine that that might change.  But we’ll try it for now.)

Posts from the old version of my blog will still be accessible in the old archive.

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