Александр Гамильтон
31 декабря 2017, 16:02

Tax cut on booze triggers fears of more abuse and drunken driving

Public-health advocates say the effects of the Republican tax law will be dire.

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26 декабря 2017, 17:13

Hamilton is creative and radical – in the proud tradition of musical theatre | Mark Lawson

Musicals have a reputation for being safe or stodgy. In fact, from Porgy and Bess to Cabaret, they are often daring in both subject and formEven in a culture where publicity increasingly suffers from giganticism, the American musical Hamilton, which opened in London this month, has been massively anticipated. Now British theatre critics have confirmed the mega-hit suggested by 11 Tony awards and the five-star social media buzz from the show’s Broadway run.Yet Hamilton seemed an unlikely theatrical triumph: a musical about Alexander Hamilton, the first US secretary of the treasury, with a score dominated by hip-hop. And, as theatre has been inching painfully towards colour-blind casting, Hamilton was provocatively contrary in making a point of casting African and Hispanic Americans as historical white males, offering an alternative history in which US citizens really were created equal. Continue reading...

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24 декабря 2017, 11:00

Hamilton review – a delicious treat for heart and head

Victoria Palace, LondonLin-Manuel Miranda’a smash Broadway musical about one of America’s founding fathers now breaks new ground in the West EndYes it is. Worth the wait. Yes it does. Speak powerfully to British audiences. Yes it has. Changed, expanded, given new wings to musical theatre. But no you can’t. Get a ticket before a mooted next booking period opens. Unless you win the daily lottery. Keep trying.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton – and it’s his all the way through, book, lyrics and music – is made up of revolution and firsts. As befits a show about one of America’s founding fathers: Alexander Hamilton, as suddenly everyone knows, was the first Secretary of the Treasury, the man on the 10 dollar bill. The hype has been so overwhelming that audiences go in groaning with knowledge about its breakthroughs. About the seizing of the stage by street music – rap and hip-hop alongside R&B, soul, Britpop and rock opera. About the unlikeliness of Hamilton, hitherto a relatively uncelebrated statesman, as musical hero. About the beautiful elision of America past and present, with the white founding fathers – and mothers – played by mostly black and brown actors. Continue reading...

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22 декабря 2017, 01:15

Hamilton review – revolutionary musical a thrilling salute to America's immigrants

Victoria Palace, LondonLin-Manuel Miranda’s rollercoaster of a show boasts outstanding performances and charts the life of the US founding father with political passion and nimble witA Hollywood mogul, offered a musical about America’s founding fathers, once said: “People don’t want a show with wigs.” One of the many joys of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s much-heralded musical is that it offers us history de-wigged: it’s a rollercoaster of a show in which a bare-headed, largely non-white cast capture the fervour and excitement of revolution while reminding us how much America’s identity was shaped by a buccaneering immigrant, Alexander Hamilton. What is astonishing is how well the form fits the subject: Miranda’s use of rap, hip-hop and R&B becomes the ideal vehicle for exploring the birth of a nation. Continue reading...

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20 декабря 2017, 20:50

‘This isn't colour-blind casting’: Hamilton makes its politically charged West End debut

The racially diverse musical based on America’s founding fathers loses none of its power in its transfer from BroadwaySince Hamilton debuted in New York in 2015, the hip-hop musical, which transferred to the West End in London this month, has been breaking the conventions of musical theatre with award-winning abandon. There was the subject matter: the story of America’s least well-known founding father Alexander Hamilton; and the music: a fusion of rap, hip-hop and classic theatrical numbers. And, controversially, there was the diverse cast, with young black, Asian, Latino and mixed-race actors portraying the old white founding fathers and their cohorts. Continue reading...

15 декабря 2017, 00:05

Билль о правах США: народ против государства, штаты против центра

15 декабря 1791 года в Соединенных Штатах приняли 10 поправок к Конституции.   После издания Декларации независимости 1776 года отцы-основатели США — в их числе Бенджамин Франклин, Александр Гамильтон, Томас Джефферсон, Джеймс Мэдисон и Джордж Вашингтон — принялись за создание...

13 декабря 2017, 13:10

Why the Russia Scandal Is Nothing Like Watergate

Imagining how Nixon would have fared in today’s political climate.

11 декабря 2017, 18:00

Итоги года президента Трампа

Было бы ошибкой судить о президенте Трампе с позиций правящего класса Вашингтона, игнорируя историю и культуру США. Но судить о нём с точки зрения европейской политической мысли тоже неправильно. Например, его запреты на ношение оружия или проведение расистских манифестаций в Шарлоттсвилле обусловлены его приверженностью Биллю о правах и не имеют ничего общего с поддержкой экстремизма. […]

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11 декабря 2017, 00:00

What's at Stake in Alabama

Chris Buskirk, American GreatnessAre we really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice or are we forever destined to depend for political constitutions on accident and force. That's the question Alexander Hamilton asked during the fight to ratify the Constitution. And

10 декабря 2017, 12:00

Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘Hamilton is an insane idea, but the story works’

As ‘the musical of the Obama era’ opens in London, its creator explains how the hip-hop life of an immigrant founding father can offer hope in the age of TrumpLin-Manuel Miranda, the America-born, Puerto Rico-infused lyricist-performer-megastar, has a deep streak of Anglophilia. This reveals itself most conspicuously in his fondness for quoting Monty Python and The Office. On one of his first trips to Britain, he landed at Heathrow and had his driver take him directly to Slough, so that he could pay homage to the milieu that inspired Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.So when Hamilton, the musical he created and starred in, began doing well off Broadway in 2015, Miranda’s mind drifted beyond the inevitable Broadway transfer to whether it might play in London one day. There was a problem though, a couple really. The show was a telling of the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, a bureaucrat in the second half of the 18th century and one of the founding fathers of the United States. Would anyone over here care about his (admittedly juicy) travails? Even more, the only British character in the musical, which is performed mostly in rap verse, is George III, whom Miranda has written as a jumped-up, flamboyant fop. Continue reading...

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08 декабря 2017, 20:29

Hamilton wows West End audiences after Broadway transfer

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical makes transition from Broadway with a new cast, offering an antidote to Trump’s America and ‘closed-minded’ gloomThis week, the West End of London was abuzz with an unlikely name: Alexander Hamilton.While you would be forgiven for thinking a hip-hop musical tracing the life of a founding father of the United States would be a tough sell for British audiences, it was clear as the crowds poured out of the preview shows that Hamilton fever had already gone transatlantic. Continue reading...

01 декабря 2017, 16:11

My Conversation with Douglas Irwin, audio and transcript

Doug’s new book Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy is the greatest book on trade policy ever written, bar none. and also a splendid work of American history more generally.  So I thought he and I should sit down to chat, now I have both the transcript and audio. We covered how much of […] The post My Conversation with Douglas Irwin, audio and transcript appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

30 ноября 2017, 16:54

Soldier, financial guru and hip-hop legend: who was the real Hamilton?

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about the founding father is set to storm London. Often mistaken for a president, its hero engineered America and Britain’s special relationship, was rocked by a harassment scandal and got his face on the $10 billIt’s the end of the first act of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s runaway musical smash about the US founding father. The Americans have just won a decisive victory over the British at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781. Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette meet at centre-stage and say: “We’re immigrants. We get the job done.”Miranda’s parents migrated from the Caribbean to New York; Hamilton himself made that journey two centuries earlier. Born on Nevis in the British West Indies, he arrived on the American mainland aged 15. Aaron Burr, his future nemesis, begins the musical by asking how a “bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman”, could rise in life to help found a new nation. The answer is that, along the way, Hamilton, like so many immigrants, worked harder than most, becoming a soldier, lawyer, finance minister and then duelist. He excelled at all of these – except the last. Continue reading...

29 ноября 2017, 19:12

My Conversation with Douglas Irwin, podcast

Because Doug’s book is just out, we are rushing out the podcast, here is the audio, most of all about trade, trade history, and trade policy.  We covered how much of 19th century American growth was due to tariffs, trade policy toward China, the cultural argument against free trade, whether there is a national security argument […] The post My Conversation with Douglas Irwin, podcast appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

26 ноября 2017, 14:00

Herbert Hoover Is the Model Republicans Need

The latest biography of the “father of new conservatism” finally conveys the full range of his accomplishments.

23 ноября 2017, 06:45

Центральный банк – главное детище и венец буржуазной революции

Позволю себе не согласиться с учебниками по истории, утверждающими, что главными инициаторами, организаторами и бенефициарами буржуазных революций были ремесленники, торговцы и фермеры. Нет, таковыми были в первую очередь ростовщики. Им было тесно в своём «подполье», так как в христианском мире существовали жёсткие ограничения и даже запреты на предоставление денег и иного имущества под процент.  Главным непосредственным...

21 ноября 2017, 06:30

Where Does It End?

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com, It’s nothing new. Whenever a major country is in decline and approaching collapse, a contingent arises that does everything it can to speed up the process toward collapse. This is always done in the same way: Vilify the established rulers as being the culprits for the nation’s woes. Establish simplistic arguments to support that view. (The arguments need not be entirely logical or supportable, but they must have emotional public appeal.) Create simplistic rhetoric that supports the destruction of the establishment and its icons. Make the arguments and rhetoric as ubiquitous as possible (particularly through the media). Then, like any recipe, turn up the heat and bake until done. Generally, the destruction of the first icon (most often a statue) requires some sort of explanation, regardless of how flimsy the argument may be. After that has succeeded, praise is to be showered on those who took part, egging them, and others, on to do more. As each new icon falls, less justification is necessary and, in the end, only blind anger is required to keep the destruction going. In the present era, we’re witnessing this age-old process taking place in quite a few countries, but notably in the US. But, why the US—the one country in the world that began as possibly the most advanced, freest nation the world had ever seen? How did this come to pass in “the land of the free”? Well, truth be told, no matter how inspired or sincere the founding fathers of any nation may be, those who would usurp them are always many in number and, in most cases, are prepared to do whatever it takes to slowly take power and return to tyrannical rule. As Thomas Jefferson said, Even under the best forms of Government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. And, even in George Washington’s Cabinet, the rot set in early, with Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton continually seeking to subvert the objectives of Secretary of State Jefferson. Therefore, the degradation in the US system began quite early. But why does it seem as though it’s speeding up dramatically now? Why is it suddenly pulling apart at the seams? Well, for that answer, we can once again rely on Mister Jefferson: Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%. And the US has passed that significant tipping point. The majority now depend upon handouts from the government. Once that occurs, it becomes easy to sell them the idea that, since they’re “entitled” to the handouts, they have a perfect right to be outraged that they’re not receiving more. (Again, logic is not necessary; what’s required is an emotionally-charged sense of victimisation.) Historically, once a nation has reached this point, it never goes back. It’s ripe for a collectivist revolution. Ironically, in every collectivist revolution, the leaders have no intention of “freeing the people.” Their goal is to dominate them far more greatly than they presently had been. Essentially, what we’re observing in the US is a standard collectivist revolution, but in slo-mo. At the same time as relatively pampered Americans are purchasing the latest pricey smartphones and buying a Toasted Graham Latte at Starbucks for $5.25, the sense of victimisation is well under way and the destruction of icons has begun. The tearing-down of Confederate flags occurred. Statues of Robert E. Lee were destroyed and, recently, a plaque in a Virginia church honouring the seat where George Washington regularly sat has been under attack for removal. In each of the above cases, the arguments have been increasingly flimsy, but no matter. As stated above, the reasoning need not bear scrutiny. All that matters is that it has an emotional attraction. As the destruction continues, the emotion will morph from indignation to blind rage as necessary. And, as any revolutionary leader could attest, if he can succeed in inducing blind rage, no King, no Czar, no President can stand up to that rage for long. It’s important to note that, in every country where collectivist revolution has taken place, only a small minority of the population has been necessary to bring about the unseating of conventional leaders. In some cases, the leaders have been killed. In others, they’ve been forced to flee the country quickly. In still others, the leaders have agreed to step down in disgrace. What’s significant is not the manner in which the leaders were supplanted, but the direction that the country takes following the leaders’ downfall. In the US, this may be as mild a change as the resignation of the president, followed by the election of an avowed collectivist that will transform the country. It will matter little whether the new leader describes himself as a collectivist, socialist, democrat, or other term. The outcome will be the same. In the beginning, there will be euphoria on the part of the 51%, who will see themselves as the heroes of change. What they will be, in reality, will be the pawns of the new order. Recently, an American associate of mine sent me the link for the article describing the intended removal of the Washington plaque and asked, “Where does it end?” Well, unfortunately, it doesn’t “end.” It continues for decades. (Collectivism can sometimes be maintained for generations before it finally flames out, due to lack of productivity and the weight of a costly top-heavy government.) The folly is in hoping, as my colleague sometimes does, that the stampede toward collectivism will somehow magically screech to a halt and reverse its direction. The sad truth is that, historically, this has never happened. At best, we observe a revolution in slow motion, as is taking place in the US. The question for the individual who’s likely to be impacted by this is whether he should rely on “hope,” or whether he should recognize that hope is not a plan. Plans often prove to be challenging, costly, and difficult, but, for those who may soon be losing a large measure of their freedom, they are essential, if the outcome is to be a positive one. *  *  * Fortunately, you don’t have to draft your plan from scratch. We know practical steps you can take today to prepare for the fallout from America’s collectivist revolution. Get the details in our Guide to Surviving and Thriving During an Economic Collapse.

09 ноября 2017, 15:36

3 Best Dreyfus Mutual Funds for Stupendous Returns

Below we share with you three top-ranked Dreyfus mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy)

09 ноября 2017, 03:32

These Are the Most Shocking U.S. Political Scandals of All Time

Great power comes with great responsibility.

05 ноября 2017, 22:08

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet… is from pages 8-9 of the 1983 collection of some of the writings of the late G. Warren Nutter, entitled Political Economy and Freedom; specifically, it’s from Nutter’s 1974 essay “Freedom in a Revolutionary Economy”: Good often issues more from powers denied to government than from those granted, this this was surely the case as […]