Chanukkah is the story of a group of warriors (the Maccabees, later the Hasmoneans
, led by Mattathias) who rose up against the Greeks (the Seleucids
), united the Jews, reclaimed the Temple (Beit HaMikdash
), and then lit one day's supply of oil which miraculously lasted for eight days, started a brand new holiday called Chanukkah, and brought Jewish sovereignty and peace to the land of Israel. Except that almost every part of that story is either wrong or completely misleading. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Dec 21, 2008 -
Greeks, postmodernity, and the rethinking of democracy
Found this fascinating interview on openDemocracy by way of meat-eating leftist
. Greek opposition minister George Papandreou, son of former socialist Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou
, says some interesting things about the changing nature of representative democracy and the new fluidity of citizens' political and social identities.
Given our diminishing democracy in this country, it is refreshing to hear a politician say that individuals in society need to be empowered and that political leaders must listen to and trust individuals.
posted by mountainmambo
on Dec 27, 2004 -