Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

12 Years A Slave Redux

Chait talks about the resonance of that powerful film with today's politics.

Also, I assigned the movie over break and the male students "thought it would be worse" while the female students found it profoundly unsettling.  Primarily because - as Chait notes - it is the psychological terror of slavery as depicted in the movie that is so disturbing.  And teenage boys don't really do psychological stuff.

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