Copyright 2006 John Zipperer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you have a frequently
asked questions section when, in fact, you don't get any questions?
Wasn't that a failed democracy?
The reason I like Weimar then as a symbol is exactly because of its failure; it is a reminder of the necessity to uphold democratic institutions and oppose those who would undercut it. It's also a reminder that many in the middle class and intelligentsia refused support to the system because they were turned off by the bickering and fighting between the parties. (Leaving aside the even more-troubling aspect that much of the intelligentsia, at least in universities, were often ardently pro-aristocracy.) True, such fighting was more severe in the Weimar Republic than in many other republics, but parties will squabble and do stupid things and bring down administrations and make dumb promises, but far better that than the alternative that promises to do away with all of that awful public noise; the corruption is still there (usually worse, because it can't be exposed easily) but people can live in their little imaginary worlds and think that all is right with their country because they don't have to listen to politicians. And they usually end up getting robbed blind.
Where does the writing
on your site come from? Isn't it copyrighted by others?
The articles on Internet business are from the print magazine and Web site of Internet World magazine, where I held several editorial positions and wrote a ton for the magazine and its newsletters. Though copyrighted by Internet World, the articles are reprinted here with the kind permission of the magazine's editor-in-chief, for which I am grateful.
I don't have any more
questions. May I go now?
I didn't say these were frequently asked questions of me.