By Stanley Crouch
As a cultural and political commentator, Stanley Crouch in unapologetically contentious and delightfully iconoclastic. no matter if he's writing at the specialty of the yankee South, the demise of Tupak Shakur, the O.J. Simpson verdict, or the wear and tear performed by means of the Oklahoma urban bombing, Crouch's high-velocity trade with American tradition is performed with scrupulous allegiance to the reality, even if it hurts--and it always does. And just about jazz--from Sidney Bechet to Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington to Miles Davis--there isn't any another articulate, impassioned, and encyclopedic in his wisdom than Stanley Crouch.
Crouch ways every little thing in his direction with head-on strength, stressed intelligence, and a clean religion within the collective scan that's America--and he does so in a virtuosic prose kind that's by no means lower than exciting.
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BILLY : They are not corrupt, so they are not real politicians. Billy seems to be suggesting that a person cannot be a "real" politician unless that person is corrupt. But a real politician is just the same as a politician and both Mandela and Havel have been presidents of their own countries and active in political affairs, so there is no reason why they should not be considered as politicians. " But Billy's maneuver is not atypical. Many people try to distort the meaning of a term X by making similar stipulations about what a "real X" must be like.
X is neither necessary nor sufficient for Y. THE WRITE-OFF FALLACY 35 Some examples: 1. Being an unmarried man is necessary and sufficient for being a bachelor. 2. Oxygen is necessary but not sufficient for our survival. 3. Having a son is sufficient but not necessary for being a parent. 4. Being rich is neither necessary nor sufficient for a happy life. This fourfold classification is useful because it provides the starting point for analyzing how things are related. When we think about the relationship between two things X and Y, we can begin by asking whether one is necessary or sufficient for the other.
E) If something is not logically impossible, then it is logically possible. f) If something is empirically impossible, then it does not actually happen in the world. g) If something is empirically possible, then it actually happens in the world. h) If something actually happens in the world, then it is empirically possible. i) If something is logically possible, then it is empirically possible. j) If something is empirically possible, then it is logically possible. k) If something is empirically possible, then it is technologically possible.
Always in Pursuit: Fresh American Perspectives by Stanley Crouch