Comments: I.F. Stone Right Again

I.F. Stone is such a cool guy that every time you use him, the quality points go up because someone keeps him alive by checking him out. I.F. who?

I read The Trial of Socrates one summer and had a strong need to find more I.F. Stone sh*t just to verify the size of his brass b*lls. Before reading the I.F. Stone version of Socrates, I believed most of the conventional pap.

Posted by Ted at December 4, 2007 01:27 PM

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." --- William Casey, CIA Director (Quote from internal staff meeting notes 1981)

Posted by Don Bacon at December 4, 2007 04:26 PM

Don Bacon -

HOLY SHIT tell me you made that up!

Posted by Aaron Datesman at December 4, 2007 04:46 PM

Ted,

Thanks for the lead on I.F. Stone on Socrates.

To my mind, Stone's analysis of the trial and execution of Socrates has the ring of truth. It has always been puzzling why Socrates, so sympathetically portrayed in the dialogues of Plato, would have been found to have been such a deadly danger to the Athenian democracy that he merited execution. Friedrich Nietzsche treats the topic at some length in one of his works as I recall, focusing on the charge that Socrates was a corruptor of youth. I found Stone's take on things to be what one might expect from a great journalist - thorough, penetrating, and with an keen eye for the unspoken thing wherein the over-arching significance can be found. It is also illuminating to put Stone's interpretation of the political circumstances surrounding the adjudication of Socrates' guilt alongside the admiration expressed for Plato by the neo-cons' philosopher of choice, Leo Strauss. Anyway, here's the link to his "short-form" exposition of
his ideas.


http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/socrates/ifstoneinterview.html

Posted by JerseyJeffersonian at December 4, 2007 07:17 PM

Don:
Link please, for the Casey quote. Myself, I'm thinking of having t-shirts made.

Posted by SteveB at December 5, 2007 11:58 AM