Friday, December 2, 2016

History: The Year is 1909

I've uploaded year 1909 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

Black Herman and the Dread Pirate Roberts -- The illusionist, "Black Herman" will live on and on and on.

Taking 'Social Responsibility' for a New America -- This book kicks off the Progressive Era.

Notable Births -- Barry Goldwater, Saul Alinsky, Leo Fender, and Ann Southern.

In Other News -- Armenians are murdered, Peary reaches the North Pole, and hairdressers offer permanents.

Black Herman and the Dread Pirate Roberts

Prince Herman is dead. His 17-yerar-old assistant, Benjamin Rucker, must carry on, bringing their popular medicine and magic show to the rural South. Benjamin changes his name to "Black Herman" in honor of his mentor, and to inform the public that he is actually black. (One might have noticed once he showed up, but there it is.) His fame will grow and he will become one of the greatest Black magicians of his time. Frankly, he will be good enough for the Las Vegas illusionist Penn Jillette to mention him on TV over 100 years later... which is how "Black Herman" gets honorable mention here. His "buried alive" illusion becomes so familiar to his audience that when he dies on stage, no one will believe it. In fact, his assistant will sell tickets for his funeral. Is there more? You betcha. [1] [2] [3] [4]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
In the movie, "The Princess Bride", the Dread Pirate Roberts rescues the Princess from a plot to kill her. In fact, Roberts has a long reputation as a pirate. I am now going to give away Robert's secret, but if you don't already know it, you don't deserve a spoiler alert. "Dread Pirate Roberts" is just a name and a reputation passed from one man to another in a long line of Dread Pirate Roberts. Why? Because no one would surrender their ship to the Dread Pirate Wesley. (In the business world this is called an "intangible asset". People will buy a brand name long after the original company has been bought out.) This brings us back to "Black Herman". He continued to perform his magic across the South for years and years. In fact, his magic show continued well past his funeral. He rose from the dead again, and again, and again. Was it him? No one knows, but business is business.

Taking 'Social Responsibility' for a New America

It takes more than a Progressive educational system to turn a self-reliant nation into a sniveling welfare state. To really mess things up you need new laws that will push the public into the light. Herbert Croly publishes the book "The Promise of American Life." He sees America as generally good, but it has lost it's way. Its blundering has caused a lot of damage, and his book is a plea for Americans to take responsibility... social responsibility. (Yes. He uses that exact phrase.) Some sacrifices are required if the Promise of America (what we would call the American Dream) can be fulfilled. The Dream should not remain a lofty goal without a purpose. Americans should not be like the Europeans who, "...encourage an easy, generous, and irresponsible optimism." And so it goes. His writing style is typical of the time... tedious. We might safely ignore this book except that a particularly influential fellow reads the book and loves it... Theodore Roosevelt, Republican. The Progressive Era has begun. [5] [6]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Remember. We can see into the past. We know what is coming. They cannot. Herbert Croly was the founder of The New Republic which supported Stalin. However, the real crime is what Stalin's supporters did after he was revealed as a mass-murderer. Mostly, the gutless... uh... supporters... went silent. A few brave souls owned up, and pushed hard the other way. Communist David Horowitz turned conservative after a stint with the Black Panthers. Irving Krystol became the father of neo-conservatism (and Bill Kristol). And there were a few others who realized that progressivism is a fraud and abandoned the Democrats. In the presidential campaign against candidate Obama, Hillary Clinton declared herself to be a Progressive of the 1920s. The early Progressives did not realize how unforgiving and violent true socialism would turn out to be, but Hillary knew. Yet she claimed kinship with that movement. She scares the stuffing out of me. Whatever Mr. Trump may be, I think we dodged a bullet. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

Notable Births

  • Barry Goldwater. (Presidential candidate and author of "The Conscience of a Conservative.") [12]
  • Saul Alinsky. (Community organizer and author of "Rules for Radicals".) [13]
  • Leo Fender (Grab your Stratocasters. It's the founder of Fender Guitars!) [14]
  • Ann Southern. (Actress best known to me as the voice of the Tin Lizzie in "My Mother the Car".) [15]

In Other News

  • 20,000 to 30,000 Armenians are murdered. This is not the Armenian genocide, but it's coming. [16]
  • Robert Peary reaches the North Pole! Maybe. Authorities will go back and forth on this into the modern day. [17]
  • London hairdressers offer the permanent wave. The movie "Legally Blonde" will explore the chemical reactions required to hold hair in a permanent wave. Nuclear physics is easier to comprehend. [18] [19]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1909, Wikipedia.

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