the politics of Kipling will be forgotten long before his stories will be.
....before one can even speak about Kipling one has to clear away a legend that has been created by two sets of people who have not read his works.
For example, his short stories which were changed into a unitary story behind the hit films The Jungle Book.
Alas, the newest film is a well done CGI but lacks the joyfulness of the previous cartoon....and unlike previous versions, which are about a boy coming of age, finding his home, and enjoying the best of both worlds, the latest version ends after he essentially burns the jungle down to kill the tiger....Uh, fellahs, the tiger probably killed a lot fewer people than that fire.
But never mind.
At the end, all the surviving animals chant about the wonderfulness of the utopia of animals all getting along...Presumably the wolves are vegetarians in the new Disney film?
But I always Kipling's best story was the Man Who Would be King...which could be seen as an allegory on the British empire. They came to get rich, they stayed to civilize, and they got thrown out by those who didn't like outsiders telling them how to live.
Peggy Noonan notes the decrease in civility masks the problem of despair.
Because I felt anguish at all the estrangements.
Because some things that shouldn’t have changed have changed.
Because too much is being lost. Because the great choice in a nation of 320 million may come down to Crazy Man versus Criminal.
on the other hand, Tom Hanks says cool it: American will survive.
via Drudge: Boris Johnson criticizes Obama, gets called a tea partier. *
The Mayor of London spoke out against the US President after he urged British voters to stay in the EU and mentioned his African ancestry as he criticised the decision to remove a bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office shortly after Mr Obama entered the White House.
Mr Johnson - who is favourite to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister - suggested the President got rid of the statue as a 'snub' to Britain's wartime prime minister and a 'symbol of the part-Kenyan President's ancestral dislike of the British empire'.
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Boris should watch it: The last guy who said that ended up in jail for a tiny (10k$) "illegal" campaign donation to a friend...
and the UKMail does note that Obama threatened to hurt the UK economically if they don't stay in the EU or else.
*the tea party wasn't about race, but about financial responsibility... but never mind. If you repeat a lie enough times, it becomes the truth.
Uncle Orson on the Philosophy of hate and how a small minority decided a rule that was universally accepted a year ago, is now suddenly proclaimed to be evidence of hate....and if you disagree you lose your job and get your state boycotted.
(But when) you make rules without first trying to build consensus, and without tolerating any discussion, and without making any allowances for the conscience of others, it sure feels like oppression to those of us who believe in evidence, diversity of thought, democracy, and the value of free speech, a free press, and open inquiry. Oh, yeah -- and freedom of religion.
When the press stops spinning the Pope, they might notice that Francis agrees with Uncle Orson, only more so, because he knows this is not about bathrooms but the prelude to a much larger agenda.
56. Yet another challenge is posed by the various forms of an ideology of gender that “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman and envisages a society without sexual differences, thereby eliminating the anthropological basis of the family...
..., It is one thing to be understanding of human weakness and the complexities of life, and another to accept ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality.(headsup theTechguy who has more about what the Pope actually wrote here)