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May 30, 2013

Two Political Leaders Who Were Also Scientists

Erik Erikson, editor of, current Fox contributor and former CNN contributor, and creator of the 'We Are the 53%' blog, on TV in 2013:

When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and female in society, and the other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it's not antithesis, or it's not competing, it's a complimentary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it's tearing us apart.

Saddam Hussein, famous Iraqi dictator and moustache-haver, in a 2000 speech:

Saddam then discusses the virtue of honesty and courage by men. He says the tank looks beautiful when its canon is pointing forward, and a man looks great when he fights while looking ahead and when he is truthful. Citing the example of sheep and chicken, Saddam says that the male species has always been charged with fighting and protecting the female.

Erick left out the beautiful tank part, but I think it's implied.

—Jon Schwarz

Posted at May 30, 2013 06:46 PM

I know my "canon" is always pointing forward...

Posted by: bourbaki at May 30, 2013 07:38 PM

Ol' Erik is one scary guy, there's nothing more violent and vicious than the young male, especially one who's head has been filled with shit, and a body filled with raging hormones. But who is worse, Erik or Oppenheimer? Or perhaps Truman, the guy that pulled the trigger Oppenheimer gave him? As for protecting women, maybe we should return to Camelot. Upon considering all the extraordinary number of rapes done by our fine young men in the military we can see just how much men protect the women.

Posted by: Rob Payne at May 31, 2013 01:27 AM

Slightly off topic, but the latest Obsidian Wings post about Al Qaeda operatives functioning like cubicle drones in a Western corporate setting seemed right up your alley--


Posted by: Donald Johnson at June 2, 2013 12:15 PM

Surely we must emulate the noble sheep and honorable chicken to attain manly virtues of honesty and courage.

Posted by: Willy at June 2, 2013 07:30 PM

Perhaps I'm old-fashioned, but in this context I M reminded of St. Paul's advice to the Corinthians:

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted to them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also said the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at June 3, 2013 02:10 PM

Four men on TV declare what should be on the front page of newspapers about their social order. Can we give them points for organizing their coup publicly?

Posted by: Lewis at June 3, 2013 10:28 PM