“In a society which respects age almost all positions of responsibility go to ignorant and pretentious humbugs,” Russell wrote 90 years ago.
Bertrand Russell, who contributed to the Forward for more than four years, explored many topics, including China, modern marriage and cinema.
The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles purchased at auction a 1937 letter in which British philosopher Bertrand Russell says that the British should invite Hitler to dinner rather than fight the Nazis.
Nikita Khrushchev was criticized by a famed philosopher for denying the reality of anti-Semitism. Twenty-five years earlier, a Jewish gangster was convicted after pleading: ‘I was framed!’
The reputations of talk show hosts do not have a particularly long shelf life. How many people under the age of 40 recall Jack Paar? Who under 25 knows Johnny Carson? But Stephen Battaglio’s new biography, “David Susskind: A Televised Life,” makes the case for remembering an impresario who brought a brash exuberance to the rough-and-tumble of ideas and social issues.