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by burnitdown
Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Great Issue of Our Times
Replies: 36
Views: 7844

Re: The Great Issue of Our Times

I have argued previously in these fora that the great issue of our time, the central historical fact of the present age, is the insidious and irreversible conquest-by-stealth of Western Civilization by Islam. To my mind, it is the only issue --everything else is sidebar to this climactic narrative....
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Class Struggle in US
Replies: 25
Views: 8136

Plato suggests that economy-driven societies lose their values systems fastest, and that such a society is near the end of its natural lifespan.
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The demise of western civilization?
Replies: 8
Views: 1617

I don't think it's a question of technology or spirituality (as the whitman poster suggested). I think it's a question of loss of culture, and ideals, and the will to do better. Civilization is values. When those values erode, it collapses. Clearly he was on a Toynbee/Spengler kick, but that was a c...
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Faith-based Liberalism
Replies: 8
Views: 1336

Re: Faith-based Liberalism

What exactly would you have had them do, David? What were the other options? Go right from World War II into another all-out war with what was then clearly the most powerful land army in the world? Let the Soviets roll over western Europe? Militarily speaking, it would have been a good idea to fini...
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Politically correct insanity
Replies: 31
Views: 3490

His pranks remind me of two classmates at college who delighted in pulling the same kinds of masquerades on people they thought too trusting or too dumb to see thru their juvenile antics. They were so clever they almost couldn't stand themselves. Agreed on all counts, though I didn't use all in the...
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Kids and Classical Music
Replies: 8
Views: 1636

Re: Kids and Classical Music

What! No Orff (and you know which one I mean)! I forgot Orff and Holst, who make appearances in the music itself. "Carmina Burana" has been borrowed many times, and Metallica adapted "Mars" in their introduction to "Am I Evil?" (re-release of first album). Their best single song, "Orion," is an ins...
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 72
Views: 13026

[I bought Karajan's recording when it was first released and have never enjoyed it. Like Furtwangler's, his readings seem mannered and pulled around. There's truth to this. He's good with crescendoes, but doesn't get how it all connects. It's as if he Beethovenizes Bruckner. Where Beethoven is writ...
by burnitdown
Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 72
Views: 13026

As with his earlier recordings of the fourth and sixth, I like his slowish tempos, but the climaxes struck me as a little lacking in power. However, he did lead a sensational performance of the eigth with the VPO at the Proms last year. The Eighth does seem like it would fit his personality more th...
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The demise of western civilization?
Replies: 8
Views: 1617

Yes. I don't think it's much of a secret anymore that the West is in decline. Some of us don't like this idea because well, we're comfortable in our culture and we like it. If you've read Republic by Plato, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot, you are probably aware o...
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Politically correct insanity
Replies: 31
Views: 3490

Borat seems very PC to me in that he's making fun of people with un-PC opinions. I went to college during the worst of PC, and it is thoughtcrime, highly destructive and very much reminiscent of the Stalin years in Russia. I think any belief system has the ability to seek this kind of control, but t...
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Kids and Classical Music
Replies: 8
Views: 1636

Re: Kids and Classical Music

My love-hate affair with the classics gave me a valuable lesson about life in general. I learned that if you want someone to like something, the only thing you can do is bring them together, once or twice, and then back off. If you try to force them together again and again, or try to play cute gam...
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What Should I Buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 3192

Thomas J wrote:As for suggestions I like to mention the Danish composer Carl Nielsen.
Absolutely great! His later works I liked more than earlier (2nd symphony). The fifth impressed me.
by burnitdown
Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 72
Views: 13026

Ugh. That suggests we lost the partial ending to his 9th via disorganization and theft. I'm new here, and relatively new to any organized study of classical music, but am enchanted by Bruckner. It is both intensely meditative, and heavy in a way that I have not heard outside of underground music. I ...