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May 21, 2012

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chris y

When I were a chabbie the Committee of 100 was the activist wing leadership of CND, including folk like Bertrand Russell. I assume this is another lot altogether, but do they know whose name they're nicking?

belle le triste

The Committee of 100 is a name in Nixon-lore also: I think it was a group of wealthy right-thinking citizens who vetted Republican candidates, and who he had to kowtow and suck up to, deepening his vast all-purpose reserves of resentment.

(Wikipedia says that there are other similarly unrelated and dissimilar claimants to the name: which makes me wonder if there isn't an original in Roman or Greek classical history that everyone is recalling...)

Richard J

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athenian_coup_of_411_BC perhaps?

CMcM

This lot appear to be the collective ethnic voice of upper class Chinese Americans.

Or so I assume, anyway: I don't have the background to actually recognise any of the names myself.

belle le triste

Yes, I think I had the Athenian "Council of 400" in the back of my mind, so maybe others did too. But euphony aside, the identification seems strange, from such a varied range of political projects...

ajay

Amusingly, the opinions of opinion leaders seemed much morelikely to correlate with those of their fellow overclass-niks than with the opinions of the 'opinion-led', ie the general public.

Well, an opinion leader doesn't necessarily have to hold an opinion himself in order to be able to spread it to others...

Alex

There's a street in central Barcelona called Consell de Cent if that helps

belle le triste

Got it: it's from ancient Roman Republican political structure, and it's this, the committee representing the soldiery, but given a slightly more literal translation (see here, for example, which is where I found it)

Barry Freed

Nice bit of spade work there Belle; and also with the Nixoniana that's from early on in his career, his first win running for Congress in LA county in 46. They wouldn't back him at first so he really had to court them and prove to them that he could win, thus as you say, "deepening his vast all-purpose reserves of resentment."

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