Comments: How Did We Ridicule Powerful People Before The Internet?

THE OLD MOUNTAIN MAN, Sylvan Hart, (Florence, Idaho) once said, back in 66, "The New York Times is wonerful for cooking eggs over. The fishoil in the ink lends a certain flavor to the eggs."

Posted by Mike Meyer at April 29, 2008 03:58 PM

Luttwak puts himself out there, and in this instance certainly made himself look foolish. But he's an erudute man in terms of military history scholarship and has earned respect at least as often as earning ridicule. (In the latter category, check out his pre-Gulf War I pronouncements and more recent statements re. counterinsurgency strategy.)

Of course the Sandinistas were, as I recall, at least "wannabe" Marxist-Leninists, falling tragicomically short by virtue of allowing a free election. Isn't Ortega something of a democratic socialist these days?

Posted by Ralph Hitchens at April 29, 2008 04:37 PM

Not necessarily less effective...I mean anyone remember Abbe Sieyes and his talk about the Fourth Estate...I mean wow heads sure rolled after that...which is more than the internet has done...

Posted by En Ming Hee at April 29, 2008 11:39 PM

Whoops sorry...THIRD estate.

Posted by En Ming Hee at April 29, 2008 11:41 PM

Once I found a photo of Big Brother with three later discredited early Party leaders. But then later I found out the photo never existed.

Posted by Seth at April 30, 2008 03:06 PM