Sunday, December 13, 2009

Unlimited Revolution, without Introspection

Two poems by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939):

Parnell

Parnell came down the road, he said to a cheering man:
"Ireland shall get her freedom and you will still break stone."
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The Great Day

HURRAH for revolution and more cannon-shot!
A beggar on horseback lashes a beggar on foot.
Hurrah for revolution and cannon come again!
The beggars have changed places, but the lash goes on.
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This weekend I listened to an economic lecture by Paul Collier of Oxford that said governmental checks and balances are more important than any other governmental feature in ensuring security. He then went on to talk about corruption without missing a beat. I will present more on that later. . .and there's more on Yeats here.
Charles Parnell was an Irish parliamentarian who tried to develop civil rights in Ireland, specifically Home Rule.

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