Daily Archives: November 4, 2009
It’s a sign of how old I am that I remember Viet Nam. Too many voters today don’t. I wish Obama did.
Perhaps the greatest anthropologist of the 20th Century and one of the world’s top intellectuals (tu wit: 25 different countries officially celebrated his 100th Brithday this year), Claude Levi-Strauss died in Paris yesterday.
The author of such books as “The Raw and the Cooked,” “From Honey to Ashes,” “The Origin of Table Manners” and “The Naked Man,” Strauss completely changed the perception of what was once thought of as “Primitive Man” by analyzing the myths and legends of tribal nations in North and South America. In so doing, he created a philosophy of “structuralism” which is followed by anthropologists today.
So we now have Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey (neither of which was much of a surprise given recent polls) and a Democratic Congressman from the 23d District of New York State.
Looking at Owens’ win in the 23d District, we have the interesting case of the first Democrat in over 100 years to take that office… but it is mostly because of a split between the nominated Republican and the total conservative candidate supported by the far right.
Looks like a lot of strategy has to get put in place for the 2010 elections.