Leacock'n Bulletin December 5th, 2019

LEACOCK

150~100~75


THE FIRST DRAFT OF

THE MARRIAGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

AND UNSOLVED RIDDLES,

IS NOW UNDERGOING REVISION

THE BOOK (or something equally exciting) WILL BE PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 16, 2020

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Celebrating the

Stephen Leacock Anniversaries

in 2019


150 years

after his birth in 1869


100 years

after his climactic work

The Unsolved Riddle

of Social Justice


75 years

after his death in 1944

Leacock'n Bulletin

December 5th, 2019

WEEK THIRTY-SEVEN!


Pursuing

Social Justice

with its

Unsolved Riddles

by means of a

Doublethinking,

Both-Anding

Cast of Mind

in three blogs—>

Stalking

Blog




Walking

Blog




Talking

Blog




We Invite You to Think Tetrationally!


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‘S0LUTIONS’ TO THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

ARE NOT TO BE FOUND AT ONE OR ANOTHER POLE OF BELIEF

NOR IN THE SPACES BETWEEN THEM, BUT AT ALL POLES


Report on Progress in Taming

the Wild Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice

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Stalking

Blog

(Mondays)


Walking

Blog

(Tuesdays)


Talking

Blog

(Wednesdays)

The Stalking, Walking, & Talking Saga Persists!


As reported previously, The Marriage of Social Justice and Unsolved Riddles now lives and is in the midst of revision. The Pilgrimage has been fully if draftily described, all 160 pages, 34,000 words of it. Revisions will continue steadily until the end of December when the book will be readied for publication on January 16th, 2020, once again exactly on the centennary of Leacock's book.


For a literary artefact determined to make its own pilgrimage, no matter what, it turned out not too badly as a first draft. It aspired to encourage people to think differently about Social Justice, in particular to acknowledge explicitly the integral presence of Unsolved Riddles and to understand how satisfying that could be, because it is the way we act in any case. The Path to Social Justice is through what the book calls the Muddlescape, through a Pluralism of ideologies, not a Purism. The book aspired also to give people some tools with which they could explore the Muddlescape, enjoying its convolutions and contradictions. Extending the concept of the Leacock Tetrad of Knowledge, Imagination, Compassion, Humour, it proposes, with examples and exercises, a whole way of thinking it calls 'Tetrational'.


I was listening last night to some interesting discussion on TVO's The Agenda concerning China, whose ambitions and practices are making that particular panel of experts quite nervous. One of them, quite rationally considering the data, predicted the return of "spheres of influence" to replace the "globalization" of the recent past, the obvious "spherical powers" being the United States, China, Russia, and Europe. Perhaps eventually India might join the club. I wonder who might become the African spherical power. One would evolve, no doubt, after a period of turmoil and competition, preferably excluding nuclear weapons. Ideally it would follow the European precedent. South America would remain another question mark. Stephen Leacock, I believe, would have liked this idea. Certainly the prospect seems worthy of exploration.


In the weeks and months ahead I will shine the tetrational light of Knowledge + Imagination + Compassion + Humour on it, as best I can, and see what happens. On the international level this idea may be a fitting sequel to the Leacock Anniversaries. On the domestic level no doubt there will always be plenty of room to pursue Social Justice through the wilds of Unsolved Riddles. The important thing is to keep working.

Next Bulletin: Thursday, December 12th

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Mission of LEACOCK 150~100~75

To engage many people, and their minds, in a celebration of the life, works, and ideas of Stephen Butler Leacock, who remains himself an Unsolved Riddle in Canadian literature and social-economic-political commentary; to conduct an on-line "iSymposium" for this purpose.

To probe the Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice as we find it now, and to re-write the book for our time. We will release the book as Stephen Leacock did: in chapters separately and weekly in the early Fall, and as a book in January.

To publish three more books:
• a commemorative edition of Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich;
• a new anthology of rare and wonderful Leacock works; and
• a diverse collection of papers about him, scholarly and otherwise.

Stephen Leacock's Key Ideas:
Unsolved Riddles ... Both-And ...
Knowledge ... Imagination ... Compassion ... Humour ...
Talk ... Drink ... Laugh

By referring to The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice as a climactic work, we draw attention to a progression in Stephen Leacock's books, articles, and speeches. This begins with his Ph.D. thesis in political economy (1903) and his textbook on political science (1906), where his approach is academic. It becomes progressively more out-reaching, culminating in his series of public articles on "Practical Political Economy" (1910). In the same year he emerged as a popular writer of humour. He therefore adds that to his serious preoccupations in Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912), and Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich (1914). The progression effectively comes to an end with The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice (1919-20), where he identifies, but does not pursue, the trope that, in our interpretation, captures the essence of his view of the human political-economic condition. In that sense the book is climactic.


These are milestone titles; throughout the whole period his total flow of books, articles, and public lectures is gigantic, on top of his university teaching and other duties as head of his department.


In 1919 he is fifty years old. He writes voluminously for another 25 years, spreading amusement and occasional interest, but without his earlier insight and brilliance.


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