The more things change

Author: Andrew Sabl

Andrew Sabl, a political theorist, is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Ruling Passions: Political Offices and Democratic Ethics and Hume’s Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England, both from Princeton University Press. His research interests include political ethics, liberal and democratic theory, toleration, the work of David Hume, and the realist school of contemporary political thought. He is currently finishing a book for Harvard University Press titled The Uses of Hypocrisy: An Essay on Toleration. He divides his time between Toronto and Brooklyn.

5 thoughts on “The more things change”

  1. Not sure what this references, but it’s a shame that School House Rock didn’t do a follow-up video about Daniel Shays Whiskey Rebellion, and how Sam Adams and the original Tea Partiers viewed that little Tea Bagger-like tantrum. In this medium, the message might have had a chance of penetrating the Bachmann brains.

  2. Bill,

    I’m not sure what it’s referencing either, but I suspect that it’s an indirect tribute to House Majority Leader Cantor. He introduced (and the House passed) a bill that says (in essence) we don’t need no estinking Senate, and we don’t need no estinking President even less.

  3. Maybe it’s about how following the British austerians over the economic cliff will only further weaken America ….

  4. This clearly was inside baseball (or cricket) to a degree that made it completely baffling.

    All your guesses are good ones given how cryptic I was. But in fact, the answer’s simpler. Look at how the category is spelled (or spelt) and try to remember how it used to be spelt (or spelled).

    Maybe from now on I’ll stick to analyzing political rhetoric.

  5. In Sabl’s defence, his post is not a cypher and is, in fact, easy to analyse. He’s trying to stimulate a dialogue that will get us to examine our behaviour so that we don’t stray too far from the political centre.

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