Feel free to use this as Open Thread #16
Taking a bit of a breather this week to collect my thoughts as I am all over the place travel-wise. I will see you guys on Saturday.
"The last thing that I want to do is post something that is low-effort and/or repetitive."
Thanks for this. Been unsubscribing to a bunch of stuff lately because of this and an overcrowded inbox. Managing to stay informed/making sense of events on your own without this sense of overwhelmingness is a real struggle. I am genuinely curious about how other people balance this?
It’s always fascinated me that the Puritans (through the schisms and recombinations that always accompany American Protestantism) were the predecessors of the United Church of Christ, one of the most socially liberal modern Christian denominations.
I have read about New England colonies, but I have not known these interesting facts. Now I see Boston and Cambridge in a new light.
Are there Eastern Europeans (Central, Balkans, Finland to the Bosporus) on Substack who are worth checking out?
Very hard to find any. I mostly encounter these voices on 4chan (which I consume through an archive), which is throwaway banter in bad English.
Butthurt-free sources, preferably. For butthurt, in the Butthurt Belt, I don't need to go abroad, we have plenty of it at home, thank you.
Slightly offtopic: Germans, online, are extremely quiet. Underrepresented. Especially when it comes to quality prose/insights. I noticed this in the mid-2010s. There's not even a German wordpress blog that does realtalk that I know of. If you remove the Lugenpresse, the people are as quiet as North Korea. You'll run into a dozen Swedes before a German.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone
Thanksgiving holiday was declared by Abraham Lincoln "fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving." Oct 1863.
This would eventually become the modern Thanksgiving holiday.
The USA had 18 months of brutal civil war that ended in Apr 1865..
Interesting, and thanks!
I’m thankful for this Substack. And for my mental health. Not necessarily in that order, but they’re also somewhat related, as it turns out. Cheers, y’all, and Happy Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving Niccolo. Always a bright spot when I see your latest in my inbox. The Puritans never much interested me. Going to high school in Honolulu I found it hard to relate to them in my history classes. But I did learn something here.
I was wondering if you had any observations about what is going on in Brazil and it's recent election? Big protests ongoing but the press gives it only superficial coverage at that. You've done such a great job illuminating the issues in Ukraine and the situation in Eastern Europe, I could only hope to understand Brazil as well. Venezuela also intrigues me. The US media is demonizing Maduro, but there seems to be something else going on here that we're not being told. If you know of any good Substack writers who cover Latin America, let us know. And keep up the good work.
On the different origins of different regions, David Hackett-Fischer's Albion's Seed is highly recommended
I read about the puritans and then think “what a bunch of nuts” and then I see the Republic of Ireland do *anything* and I remember that Cromwell did nothing wrong
Thanks Niccolo. The next best thing about being an American (after owning copious amounts of semi-automatics) is cozy Thanksgiving. Now I’ll start work on getting all kinds of drunk. Cheers
Thanks... Hello from Germany. Collect your thoughts. I enjoy your writings.
Hrvatska seems slow and old
Canada, faster and younger, can have a chance vs them in their next game
Belgium vs Croatia seems to be also a win for the belges
Where's the next Modric?
Happy Thanksgiving to you