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Around the Cragged Hill: A Personal and Political Philosophy Paperback – May 17, 1994
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Nine people chosen from the list would serve, as the Supreme Court does, for life or until they are seen to be unfit or until they resign. A salary would keep these Council members independent from Congress or President, since they would have a budget to 1) investigate leading questions of the day and 2) implement their suggestions on a trial basis. For example, the COuncil might conclude that donating needs to drug addicts would reduce the spread of AIDs and they could run a trial to test their conclusion. Estimated budget might run $10 million a year.
The focus of his proposal is on the wisdom of experience. People who have seen so much over 40 or 50 years of public service could be called on to give their view of an issue....and the Country would benefit from this experience.
Kennan is still alive (as of August 1998) and he welcomes response to his proposal. I met him in June 1998 and at that time he expressed dismay that not one major book reviewer took his proposal seriously. He's a member of the Princeton Class of 1925, making him 95 years young this year. If you read the book and find it interesting, I"m sure he would appreciate a letter or a postcard with you comments: you can contact him through the University:
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In AROUND THE CRAGGED HILL, Kennan, a scholarly and experienced man, reflects on many topics, including culture, philosophy, politics, and religion. Kennan clearly thinks deeply on all these things - his opinions aren't just based on whim or preference, but on the result of careful consideration.
My personal favorite part of the book - and the one with which I agreed the most - was the seventh chapter, where he addresses size in nations, and in particular in the United States. Kennan makes a compelling case for the virtues of smallness in nations and the problems and dangers of excessive size, including the tendency towards oppressive, disconnected government, regardless of its form. He even suggests breaking the United States down into between nine and twelve republics, a proposition I think makes a lot of sense and would ease many of our problems. At the very least, Kennan thinks we would be better off under a much less centralized system than we currently have.
Though written in a very academic voice, it is still very well-written and should be accessible for the educated layman.Read more ›
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This is a great read - and presents Keenan as a great writer and Historian. Folk interested in Keenan will greatly appreciate this read !!!!Published 15 months ago by Robert Allen
George F. Kennan (1905-2006) was considered one of our great wise men. A diplomat, he was a key architect of the cold war “containment policy” toward the Soviet Union. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Frank S. Robinson
This book is a fascinating read. George F. Kennan's books are great for one who wants to learn REAL history instead of contrived mainstream nonsense. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Juan Cazador