Sunday, October 23, 2022

On the Madness of the Mob

by Nomad

Time to dig into our past and to discover something interesting.

Meet Mr. MacKay.
Charles MacKay was, intellectually, a man of varied pursuits. Born in Perth, Scotland in 1814, MacKay was, in his time, a poet, journalist, author, anthologist, novelist, and even songwriter. 

Today, if he is remembered at all, he is remembered for his early study of crowd psychology entitled Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

This entertaining work was published in three volumes: "National Delusions", "Peculiar Follies", and "Philosophical Delusions". (When it comes to public insanity, there are categories but not degrees.)

As a first-rate storyteller. MacKay covers such diverse topics as economic bubbles, alchemy (the imaginary science of transforming worthless metals into gold), haunted houses, fortune-telling, and the mania for murder through slow poisoning. (It was apparently the thing to do.)
Persons who would have revolted at the idea of stabbing a man to the heart, drugged his potage without scruple. Ladies of gentle birth and manners caught the contagion of murder, until poisoning, under their auspices, became quite fashionable.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Watch LIVE: Day 9 of the Public Hearings of the January 6th House Select Committee

by Nomad

After a month's delay, the January 6 House-Select Committee today picks up where it left off back in summer. The committee has spent the last 15 months wading through tens of thousands of documents and interviewing more than 1000 witnesses.
This was to be the last of the public hearings, however, given the amount of newly-discovered information gathered from subpoenaed witnesses, there could be further hearings added to the schedule.