Friday, July 18, 2008

International Relations

Saw these in a bookstore yesterday. Pretty funny. In the German one they're constantly saying things like, "You'll notice several historically attested traits of Germans, like irrational Jew hatred, fearsomeness, and an urge to dominate." The funny thing is that I've seen basically the same sentence used by otherwise intelligent philosophers when talking about Hegel, who seems to bring out these sorts of sweeping statements.

From the French edition: "If you should happen to imagine that the first pretty French girl who smiles at you intends to dance the can-can or take you to bed, you will risk stirring up a lot of trouble for yourself - and for our relations with the French."


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