12.15.2008

Dipping a toe back in

After the Harvard Classics thing ends, I'm going to have to start blogging for reals. Here's two things that caught my eye:

1. An interview with LA institution-in-the-making Charles Phoenix. Here's his now-discontinued "Disneyland Tour of Downtown Los Angeles":



And then, completely unrelatedly, here's some quotes from Bagehot's "English Constitution" I came upon during some late-night Wikipedia-ing (which almost sounds like a title to a Monk song):

The American Government calls itself a Government of the supreme people; but at a quick crisis, the time when a sovereign power is most needed, you cannot FIND the supreme people. You have got a Congress elected for one fixed period, going out perhaps by fixed instalments, which cannot be accelerated or retarded - you have a President chosen for a fixed period, and immovable during that period: all the arrangements are for STATED times. There is no ELASTIC element, everything is rigid, specified, dated. Come what may, you can quicken nothing, and can retard nothing. You have bespoken your Government in advance, and whether it suits you or not, whether it works well or works ill, whether it is what you want or not, by law you must keep it.

and
"The executive is crippled by not getting the laws it needs, and the legislature is spoiled by having to act without responsibility: the executive becomes unfit for its name, since it cannot execute what it decides on; the legislature is demoralized by liberty, by taking decisions of which others (and not itself) will suffer the effects."
I agree with the first more than the second, myself.

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