[linux-elitists] Mailman Must Die

Ruben Safir ruben@mrbrklyn.com
Fri Oct 26 17:14:06 PDT 2007

> The FOS agenda tends to celebrate its purported Trotskyite spirit,
> but that is the obvious sign of its false consciousness. The harsh
> censorious group-think one finds in virtually every thread on this
> list is second nature for practitioners of the Party-As-Vanguard
> method that Lenin brought to Moscow. Elitism is writ extremely
> large in what followed...it is not too much of a stretch to credit
> Lenin with the modern idea of 'an elite.' 

Gee, I'm an arch conservative of the Guilliani ilk.

> In case anyone is interested, and I suspect there may be many
> around here, there are still a few openings in the next class to
> start soon at The Saddam Hussein School of Conflict Resolution! I
> doubt many around here will have difficulty meeting the
> prerequisites: millenarian zeal, religious enthusiasm, and deep
> disdain for human individuality.
> 4 definitions found
> >From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
>   Enthusiasm \En*thu"si*asm\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to be inspired or
>      possessed by the god, fr. ?, ?, inspired: cf. enthousiasme.
>      See {Entheal}, {Theism}.]
>      1. Inspiration as if by a divine or superhuman power;
>         ecstasy; hence, a conceit of divine possession and
>         revelation, or of being directly subject to some divine
>         impulse.
>         [1913 Webster]
>               Enthusiasm is founded neither on reason nor divine
>               revelation, but rises from the conceits of a warmed
>               or overweening imagination.           --Locke.
>         [1913 Webster]
>      2. A state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of
>         fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm.
>         [1913 Webster]
>               Resolutions adopted in enthusiasm are often repented
>               of when excitement has been succeeded by the wearing
>               duties of hard everyday routine.      --Froude.
>         [1913 Webster]
>               Exhibiting the seeming contradiction of
>               susceptibility to enthusiasm and calculating
>               shrewdness.                           --Bancroft.
>         [1913 Webster]
>      3. Enkindled and kindling fervor of soul; strong excitement
>         of feeling on behalf of a cause or a subject; ardent and
>         imaginative zeal or interest; as, he engaged in his
>         profession with enthusiasm.
>         [1913 Webster]
>               Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
>                                                     --Emerson.
>         [1913 Webster]
>      4. Lively manifestation of joy or zeal.
>         [1913 Webster]
>               Philip was greeted with a tumultuous enthusiasm.
>                                                     --Prescott.
>         [1913 Webster]
> >From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
>   enthusiasm
>        n 1: a feeling of excitement
>        2: overflowing with enthusiasm [syn: {exuberance}, {ebullience}]
>        3: a lively interest; "enthusiasm for his program is growing"
> >From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:
>   103 Moby Thesaurus words for "enthusiasm":
>      acquiescence, activity, agreeability, agreeableness, alacrity,
>      amenability, amusement, animation, ardency, ardor, avidity, brio,
>      briskness, bug, calenture, cathexis, cheerful consent, compliance,
>      concern, concernment, consent, cooperativeness, craze, crazy fancy,
>      curiosity, devotedness, devotion, diversion, docility, eagerness,
>      earnest, earnestness, ebullience, elan, enthusiasticalness,
>      excitement, exuberance, fad, fanaticism, fascination,
>      favorable disposition, favorableness, fervency, fervor, fieriness,
>      fire, forwardness, furor, furore, gameness, glow, goodwill, gusto,
>      hobby, hurrah, impassionedness, impetuosity, impetus, infatuation,
>      interest, joie de vivre, keenness, life, liveliness, lustiness,
>      mania, manic-depressive psychosis, matter of interest, mettle,
>      passion, pastime, perkiness, pertness, pliability, pliancy,
>      promptness, rage, readiness, receptive mood, receptiveness,
>      receptivity, relish, responsiveness, right mood, robustness,
>      special interest, spirit, spiritedness, tractability,
>      ungrudgingness, unloathness, unreluctance, vehemence, vivacity,
>      warmth, willing ear, willing heart, willingness, zeal, zealousness,
>      zest, zestfulness, zing
> >From THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993) [devils]:
>   ENTHUSIASM, n.  A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of
>   repentance in connection with outward applications of experience. 
>   Byron, who recovered long enough to call it "entuzy-muzy," had a
>   relapse, which carried him off -- to Missolonghi.

Better than Euthanasia
> -- 
> Bob Bernstein   
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You must be a stupid engineer then, because politcs and technology have been attached at the hip since the 1st dynasty in Ancient Egypt.  I guess you missed that one."

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