Friday, July 26, 2002

Quote of the day, and yesterday Writing developed "to facilitate the enslavement of other human beings." So said Lévi-Strauss, as quoted (without reference) by Diamond in Guns, Germs and Steel, which I am finally reading. In related news, I finally tracked down the Latin* of Tacitus's (Tiberius's) condemnation of the Senate: O homines ad servitutum paratos! That should be our fucking national motto. I don't think it will violate the constitution. *Tacitus reports that Tiberius said this in Greek, as you'll recall, but the MSS only give the Latin trans.

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