Wittgenstein not in favor of prospective new German government. In particular the Greens

Ludwig Wittgenstein: Public and Private Occasions

Wittgenstein got to know Hansel after attending a class on logic that Hansel was giving to prisoners who hoped upon release to train as teachers. Both were imprisoned in Cassino/Italy.



Cambridge, after November 23, 1929

Thanks for your letter. I don’t agree with you, you know that. And I will briefly say why not. I consider both parties indecent. The red one appears less onerous to me only insofar as its indecency is in keeping with the times, whereas that of the others is moreover one that is retrograde. That is I would mention in passing the greens & blacks haven’t even gotten so far yet. Further: All of these parties lack religion but the greatest danger for religiosity seems to me to lie with the green party, in roughly the same sense in which the lukewarm is more distant from the warm than is the cold, though that sounds paradoxical; but you also know where it comes from.” Open hostility to religion seems more promising to me than the other disgusting conviction, which is on personal terms with religion & with God & drags it down to its own level. I am not dumb enough to believe that a “noble atheism” rules in the red party, instead there too everything is cloaked & false, but by a slight degree less well cloaked & therefore less dangerous to the soul than a conviction that manages to be apparently on good terms with the highest ideals. It would be a long matter to explain why the party system in other countries, for example in England, is at least not yet a disgrace to every decent human being; but in our special situation I believe that all parties are hopeless & that the only extremely faint hope rests on the few, who do not believe that something good can nevertheless come from supporting an indecent thing. That is, I believe that in this case it is not right to choose between two evils but to repudiate equally, since all misery comes about precisely through this that no one has enough character to radically stress the demand of decency & doesn’t in the end make a deal after all. …

Excerpt from “Ludwig Wittgenstein – Public and Private Occasions“. Edited by James C. Klagge and Alfred Nordmann.


Sounds NSFW? No, it’s not double-fisting, but it’s weekend and the perfect time for HODINKEE. HODINKEE, when they feature some nutty article, such as ‘Double-Wristing: A Guide For The Perplexed‘.

Don’t be perplexed, It’s about wearing an Apple watch on one wrist and a, hopefully somehow matching, second watch on the other wrist. Still with me? Because i managed to read about four paragraphs when I thought, you know what, the best is always the comments here. Well, they sure are. Like Esteban’s,

It’s getting increasingly hard to take these type of articles seriously.

before DolleDolf chips in:

When CV19 hit a d the gyms closed I thought I would go running. Add some aerobic working out to the weights. I bought a little home gym setup for that My sweet lass got me a fitbit as a surprise gift. So thoughtful. But how to wear it since I always wear one of my 200plus mechanical watches. And when running my mechanical chrono always shows elapsed time as well as actual time, and is easily visible in any kind of outdoors light unlike the fitbit. So I had to wear both. On the right wrist feels just weird. So I doubled up on the left wrist for some time. But that didn’t fit under my shirt. So i strapped my fitbit to my ankle. But then I would forget to charge it so it would die. Then my knees decided to throw a spanner into my budding running career. The gym reopened. And the poor fitbit ended up on my night stand. I still feel a pang of guilt when I leave in the AM, kiss my girl and see my fitbit lie forlornly on its charger. But I really prefer the permanent dial on my windup watch that I don’t have to shake to wake up. And I don’t need my fitbit to tell me that I didn’t work out enuff this week, didn’t quite get the sleep I need, that that half bottle of wine messed up my sleep cycles and that I shouldn’t have had three scoops of icecream for desert …..

No one should feel odd, because Bill did so in Cannes. Anyway, keep scrolling the comments.