Paul Kriwaczek Famous Quotes & Sayings

12 Paul Kriwaczek Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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In the reign of Shulgi a wall had been built across the country, more than 250 kilometres long, to keep them out. It was called 'a wall to keep out the Martu'. Shulgi's second successor ordered it to be rebuilt and strengthened, calling it Muriq-Tidnum, 'It Fends Off Tidnum.' But walls must end somewhere and enemies can often outflank them: in 1940 Hitler made the impregnable French Maginot Line irrelevant by sending his tanks through the forest of the Ardennes. And so it was with Muriq-Tidnum. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: In the reign of Shulgi a wall had been built across the country, more than
History may not repeat itself but, as Mark Twain said, it does rhyme. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: History may not repeat itself but, as Mark Twain said, it does rhyme.
There is much irony in the fact that Anglo-American Middle East policy, from Operation Ajax, the deposing of democratically elected, socialist, secularist Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq in Iran in 1953, to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the overthrow of secular nationalist dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, has served in fact, if not intention, to ensure the continuing hold of Islam over nearly all the countries of the region. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: There is much irony in the fact that Anglo-American Middle East policy, from Operation Ajax,
Without Nebuchadnezzar's conquest and deportation, Judaism as we know it, and therefore Christianity and Islam in their turn, could never have come to be. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: Without Nebuchadnezzar's conquest and deportation, Judaism as we know it, and therefore Christianity and Islam
And that through all the ups and downs, nothing really worthwhile is ever permanently lost, even though its creators may be long forgotten. When, perhaps sooner, perhaps later, our civilization finally lies dying in the gutter, some of us will still be looking, as the ancient Mesopotamians taught us to do, at the stars. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: And that through all the ups and downs, nothing really worthwhile is ever permanently lost,
Assyria had no more prospect of halting the human flow than can the British government stop illegal entrants to the UK, although an effective natural moat surrounds the British Isles. There is little hope that the US Department of Homeland Security will have greater success with its border fence than did King Shulgi of Ur and his successors, whose 'wall to keep out the Amorites' failed to prevent the migrants' eventual takeover of all lower Mesopotamia and their founding of Old Babylon. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: Assyria had no more prospect of halting the human flow than can the British government
Those societies in which seriousness, tradition, conformity and adherence to long-established - often god-prescribed - ways of doing things are the strictly enforced rule, have always been the majority across time and throughout the world. Such people are not known for their sense of humour and lightness of touch; they rarely break a smile. To them, change is always suspect and usually damnable, and they hardly ever contribute to human development. By contrast, social, artistic and scientific progress as well as technological advance are most evident where the ruling culture and ideology give men and women permission to play, whether with ideas, beliefs, principles or materials. And where playful science changes people's understanding of the way the physical world works, political change, even revolution, is rarely far behind. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: Those societies in which seriousness, tradition, conformity and adherence to long-established - often god-prescribed -
Assyria soon discovered a painful truth: empires are like Ponzi schemes: financial frauds in which previous investors are paid returns out of new investors' deposits. The costs of holding imperial territory can only be underwritten by loot and tribute extracted by constant new conquests; empires must continue to expand if they are not to collapse. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: Assyria soon discovered a painful truth: empires are like Ponzi schemes: financial frauds in which
A hugely complicated, centrally planned, social and economic system can only be kept on the rails for as long as people believe in it. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: A hugely complicated, centrally planned, social and economic system can only be kept on the
Such people are not known for their sense of humour and lightness of touch; they rarely break a smile. To them, change is always suspect and usually damnable, and they hardly ever contribute to human development. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: Such people are not known for their sense of humour and lightness of touch; they
But belief in a system cannot be sustained for ever. Empires based solely on power and domination, while allowing their subjects to do as they will, can last for centuries. Those that try to control the everyday lives of their people are much harder to sustain. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: But belief in a system cannot be sustained for ever. Empires based solely on power
For a patrimonial state to be stable over time, it is best ruled with consent, at least with consent from the largest minority, if not from the majority. Instinctive obedience must be the norm, otherwise too much effort needs to be put into suppressing disaffection for the regime's wider aims to be achievable. Consent is, however, not always easy to obtain. The collective view of most societies is rather conservative: in the main people prefer to see the social arrangements of their youth perpetuated into their old age; they prefer that things be done in the time-honoured way; they are suspicious of novelty and resistant to change. Thus when radical action must be taken, for whatever reason, a great burden falls on the ruler, the father-figure, who has to overcome this social inertia and persuade his subjects to follow his lead. In order that his will shall prevail, he needs to generate huge respect, preferably adulation, and if at all possible sheer awe among his people. Paul Kriwaczek Sayings: For a patrimonial state to be stable over time, it is best ruled with consent,