Boston Rambles

Boston Rambles

A Rambler Walks and Talks About the Hub of the Universe

Archive for February 2017

Foreign and Familiar

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there “ Opening line from The Go-Between, by L.P. Hartley, 1953. I had the great good fortune some years ago to study with the late Eugen Weber, one of the most charismatic lecturers I have had the pleasure to hear. Fortunately for us, many of… (read more)

The Forces of Darkness Updated: Part IV-The Dark Side. And a Path to the Light.

Look, let me begin by stating that, although I have never personally visited any of the 54 counties that I am about to discuss, I am sure that they are not horrible places. Not only are they likely (having not visited any of them) quite varied and interesting, some are probably very beautiful and I… (read more)

Forces of Darkness Updated: Part III-The Dark Side is Near.

Before I plunge into the darkness, I want to pull out from the 58 remaining counties in Pennsylvania the two or three remaining bright spots for the Democratic Party. Unsurprisingly the transformation of  Dauphin and Centre, the counties I will examine briefly, is the result of increased diversity and higher levels of education. Dauphin County… (read more)

More Forces of Darkness Updated: Part II-Sol y Sombre.

In the previous article I began a reassessment of the results of the 2016 Presidential Election in Pennsylvania, about which I have written a few articles already, as it was regarded before the election as a critical state in the election and, in fact, proved to be exactly that. I had examined the evidence and… (read more)