Wikipedia Edit Wars

Posted By on March 1, 2011

Hamlet’s dilemma was whether or not to go gently into this goodnight, or take arms against a sea of troubles, and “by so opposing, end them.” But that seems to presuppose that opposition –even informed and skilled opposition, can have a voice to stand against ultimate tyranny. How did it feel, we must wonder, to be a loyal German in 1934 with some foreboding of the evils on the horizon?  Who among us would have the courage to not capitulate, knowing that we would share the fate of the rest– the gypsies, Jews, homosexuals, and other political prisoners who were gassed by the Nazi machine.


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Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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