Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kuehnelt-Leddihn Passing

Kuehnelt-Leddihn Family Crest
A dozen years ago today, Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn passed away.

The crest shown is the crest of the Kuehnelt-Leddihn noble family – courtesy of the family. Seeing the crest one should not wonder why this great man went by the name the Lion of Lans. Of course, he roared like a lion in the historical and political-philosphical debate too.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn's “favorite animal” was an imaginary animal, the “pamelon,” which illustrates quite well some human traits, namely the ability to repeat uncritically what others say, which is a characteristic of the parrot, and the ability to adjust to the environment, which is a characteristic of the chameleon. The “pamelon” is a crossbreeding of the parrot and the chameleon. The pamelon is a very good illustration of your typical politico. It changes color depending on environment, setting, audience, etc., and it tells you what you want to hear. And it's a good illustration of the uncritical zeitgeist follower as well.

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