Isolation. I wrote about it here. * Lewis Lapham has had a seminal influence on me. he's always been a writer pursuing what lies beyond the superficial. I read Harper's religiously when I was young, amazed at how anyone could see so clearly, write so well…. His recent remarks remind us of the birth of… Continue reading On Isolation
We tend to think the concentration camp was something that came out of World War II. If we're a bit more versed in western history we might think of the Boer War, or even the American Civil War…. But what is a concentration camp? How is it materially different from a city? Perhaps not a… Continue reading Build new cities?
Today is an anniversary. A day we have been entreated for fourteen years now to never forget. An insistent cry that was already there, ready-made from previous assaults on American Exceptionalism. A vehemence that has had little to do with remembering the loss of life and everything to do with justifying aggression. This phenomena is… Continue reading “Never Forget!” A recipe for psychosis
Must we be pure? Whenever we confront the depths of our corruption we hear this whining plea. Ego deflates us, How can I meet such a standard? A false question. We are what we are. We will do what we feel we must do. What is in question is what do these questions mean? Who… Continue reading It’s a crime, part II
Money is the root of all evil. Sure, we all know this platitude. Why doesn't it ever sink in? The debasement of language is part of it. What was once an insight is fossilized and words no longer convey meaning. It's also what happens when a statement is too broad. Its indicators too vague. A… Continue reading It’s a Crime, part I
It's customary to link awe with shock these days. "Shock & Awe!" Followed by that grimacing grin primates and dogs instinctively make when something that pleases them also uncovers a deep well of shame. The look we came to identify with W…. Shock & Awe would come to be the signature spell of the late… Continue reading Awe and Wonder
Pathologies surround us. The time for establishing a hygiene is before a crisis becomes acute. There is a window for this, as for everything. The system of latent belief, habitual preoccupations, and elaborate denial mechanisms that allow us to stagger through our days, propping us up, will at some point in the ongoing collapse cease… Continue reading Hygiene
This is the term of art used to describe and justify government's control of military and police functions. There is an obviousness, an inevitability to the rationale behind it that leads from, "There are bad-guys." to "We need to defend ourselves against evil-doers." to "Stop! Or I'll shoot!" And, then we accept the entire package,… Continue reading A Monopoly on Violence
Dissensus is a tough master. If I choose to follow dissensus I pledge that though what I espouse holds no intent to violate any other, I will refrain from destroying anyone, though they espouse my destruction and this refusal might lead to my own death. I see no other way to make a break with… Continue reading Dissensus, Hygiene, Quality, Rhetoric, and Integration; a Stab at a Synthesis…
This common complaint came to mind recently in relation to the resistance I often encounter to my interest in looking at the basics, at how we tend to glide right past fundamental discrepancies – incoherence – in a rush to "Get on with it!" What came to mind was how this had been the attitude… Continue reading I haven’t got time for this!
The Violence Behind Likes and Opinions I recently removed myself from Facebook. I joined reluctantly and have regretted it since the beginning. Was pushed along by expectation and crowd-mentality. I've long felt that Zuckerberg is the worst kind of nerd entrepreneur. Caught-up in fantasies of egotistical superiority requiring that he WIN at all costs… Continue reading Saying No to Facebook
Peeling away layers of Ego I found anger and disappointment blocking the way to compassion. There's another block hiding beneath them, contempt. We see it all around us. This is a society choking on contempt. Every faction and group is held together by the contempt in which it holds the rest. The path to anger,… Continue reading Contempt