Gödel’s Yödel

Webb, I thought you’d enjoy this:

Albert Einstein and mathematician Oskar Morgenstern tried to guide Kurt Gödel, a fellow mathematician and exile from Nazi Germany, through the U.S. immigration process. A deep-thinking and intense man, Gödel threw himself into preparing for his citizenship test, including an extremely close reading of the U.S. Constitution. In his rigorously logical analysis, he found constitutional weaknesses that he thought could allow for the rise of a fascist dictatorship in America. His colleagues told him to keep that reading to himself, but he blurted it out during his naturalization exam. He was allowed to stay anyway.

Good thing he wasn’t trying to get in through Arizona…


  1. Jonathan Webb says

    I thought I saw him and Einstein walking across my ranch late one night.

    It's getting so a guy can't get any sleep these days!

  2. If he made it through US customs, AZ would have been just a rerun of that old sovereignty thing…but on a state level. I don't know what THAT'S all about – must be some Contitituiony thingy.

    The thing I wonder about is why LA is not boycotting the Federal Gov't.

    Why the Nationals bb team aren't wearing "Nationales" on their jerseys on Cinco de Mayo.

    Why any municipality is sending its workers on official junkets to Washington D.C…..

    Oh, wait, that's right, because Ye Olde 14th Amendment allows the Fed. Gov't to grown the monster maw with lockjaw (stuck in an open position).


  3. Jonathan Webb says

    The 14th amendment, the commerce clause and the national welfare clause together mean that none of the other clauses mean anything whatsoever, and that we should all be forced out of the cities and into communal farms.

  4. Jonathan Webb says

    Oh, but with our guns. That one they recognize for political reasons.

  5. Jonathan,

    I can think of six better reasons than that (five, if we're talking about my 30-30 lever action…)


  6. Anonymous says

    That was a nice post.

    I need to have a look the constitution.

  7. Jonathan Webb says

    We need a link to the Remington Company.

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