Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries for month: March 2010

249 Club

March 21, 2010 ·

Here it comes ... some off-the-cuff real costs and some thoughts on future earnings.  Read all about it at Cato.

 

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Well said

March 21, 2010 ·

"By intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility, the Social Assistance State leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending."
-- Pope John Paul II, in a 1991 encyclical

For a further examination of the morality of such state interference, Cato has a full paper on a related court issue in Quebec.

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Children or Adults?

March 02, 2010 ·

Not a fan of most psycho-analysis, but I think this brief post makes some very good points and does a good job of laying out what's good about both the Left and Right approaches to liberty.  By 'conservative', however, I think the author clearly means 'libertarian', since the neo-cons have been nearly as bad as the Dem's in their support of restricting individual rights in favor of greater government control and involvement.

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Victor David Hansen

March 01, 2010 ·

Nice overview of Obama Fatigue, but that's not really terribly interesting.  More interested in his book list at the bottom.

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yes, but can it work?

March 01, 2010 ·

This is an interesting write-up about the GOOOH movement.  This is the key line, I think:
"Whether or not Americans have the courage to break with the two-party system remains to be seen."

But it's an interesting idea.  I had run across the acronym before, but this is the first real info I had read about the movement.  Seems right on target, but probably too draconian to really gain traction.

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