Thomas S. Harrington

Thomas S. Harrington

Thomas S. Harrington is professor of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and the author of Public Intellectuals and Nation Building in the Iberian Peninsula, 1900–1925: The Alchemy of Identity (Bucknell University Press, 2014).

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Sunday, March 11, 2012
“Mistakes Were Made”: One-Time Object of Derision Now a Core Template of Our Social Behaviors
Though I was fairly young at the time, I will always remember the moment in the Spring of 1973 when Nixon’s Press Secretary, Ron Ziegler, tried to explain away his and his bosses previous lies about the fast-progressing Watergate scandal with the words, “mistakes were made”.
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Sunday, February 19, 2012
If the Cords of Culture are Cut, How Will We Access the Potential Sources of Our Renewal?
This past week, I had the pleasure of teaching the Last Supper , Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s 1976 masterpiece, to a group of very bright and conscientious undergraduate students.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A Better Question Might Be, 'How Is It NOT Fascism?'
Have you ever spoken to someone who lived through a fascist regime? If and when you do, you might be surprised at what you hear. When they get talking, most people who lived through Mussolini’s Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
More Intellectual Dishonesty at the New York Times
In an article in Sunday’s New York Times co-signed by Isabel Kershner and Ethan Bronner, the readers of the “Paper of Record” were informed that, “…Israelis are turning inward and discovering that an issue they had neglected -- the place of the ultra-Orthodox Jews -- has erupted into a crisis”. So, the Israelis have suddenly become aware of the social problems provoked by the rise of state-coddled authoritarian fundamentalists in their midst?
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Monday, December 05, 2011
Technocrats
During the last few days and weeks we have been hearing a lot about technocrats, as in “the technocrat Mario Monti has just been named Prime Minister of Italy” or “the newly-appointed President of the European Central Bank is the technocrat Mario Draghi”.
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Thursday, December 01, 2011
Orthodoxies and Adolescents
One day when I was twelve years old, I told my grandmother, born in 1890 and a staunch believer in the Church of Rome, that I had doubts about the existence of God, as well as the idea that her beloved religion had a corner on the game of eternal salvation.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
“Keeping US Safe”...From the Task of Engaging and Managing our Own Anxieties
A few weeks back, we had an untimely snowstorm here in Connecticut. When snow falls on trees that still have their leaves, a lot of branches break. And when lots of branches break, power lines get knocked down in extraordinarily large numbers.
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Anger and Angry People
If you poke around a bit in the emerging body of literature on the Occupy Wall Street movement, you will find that one of the more oft-repeated elements of advice from well-wishers concerns the need to avoid being, or even appearing, overtly angry. As celebrity occupier Mark Ruffalo said, echoing the frequently repeated words of others, “We must be peaceful”. There is, of course, a deep, compelling and proven logic to the idea of non-violent resistance, one that I generally embrace.
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Uniformed Impunity: We’re Probably Closer to the Beginning than to the End
A few days back, two New York City police officers were indicted for fixing tickets for their friends, family members and political acquaintances. Sad to say, the criminal allegations were nothing particularly noteworthy. What was shocking, at least to me, was something else: the large and boisterous group of police officers that showed up to “support” their comrades at their arraignment. The purposes of the assembled officers seem to have been rather clear.
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Friday, October 28, 2011
One Thing You Can’t Hide…..Is the Authoritarian Inside
You can shine your shoes and wear a suit. You can comb your hair and look quite cute You can hide your face behind a smile One thing you can’t hide Is when you’re crippled inside --John Lennon “Crippled Inside”
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