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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chris Hedges Thinks Antifa Has Something To Do With Revolution

On Contact with Chris Hedges
A still from the conversation.

As one who identified in my youth as a “pacifist,” Chris Hedges’ views have been challenging to me over the last few years, particularly since #OccupyWallStreet, where he took a principled stance against the actions of the Black Bloc.

Hedges’ views of the Black Bloc, and Antifa, are lensed from a position of Total Revolution.

He is dead wrong to apply this logic to Antifa.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Compare And Contrast: The Interlopers

Custer’s Last Stand
Left, Jacquelyn Martin/AP - Right, Stephen B. Morton/AP

These are extreme times, so it is no surprise that the both sides of our increasingly moribund two-party system are being roiled by avatars of “radicalism.”

I put scare quotes around “radicalism” because, in spite of the irresistible pull to equate the populism of Donald Trump with that of Bernie Sanders, there is a clear difference between the characters of these two men and the movements they represent/inspire. This is much more than just a left vs. right worldview contest.

This is Thunderdome. At least I hope it is.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Highly Irregular, Not So Annual September 11th Post.

The Butterfly from Hell
What Paul Krugman said:
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
Get over it.

My 10-year anniversary post, for what it’s worth.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

On Communication And The Changing American Demographic - A Looming Concern

Custer’s Last Stand

I’ve long suspected that one of the reasons why human beings haven’t yet figured out how to carry on a conversation with bottlenosed porpoises, African gray parrots, et al. in their own language is quite simply that we’re terrified of what they might say to us—not least because it’s entirely possible that they’d be right...
- Darwin's Casino - The Archdruid Report

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kilpatrick vs. Giridharadas: Class vs. Privilege

Beggar's Cup
Image courtesy Le Colonel Chabert

An item at Truthdig brought to my attention a schism of perception between two thinkers concerned with inequality and privilege. I think it’s important to understand what is being said here. The Anand Giridharadas quote that ruffled the feathers of Connor Kilpatrick at Jacobin:
Don't console yourself that you are the 99 percent. If you live near a Whole Foods; if no one in your family serves in the military; if you are paid by the year, not the hour; if most people you know finished college; if no one you know uses meth; if you married once and remain married; if you're not one of 65 million Americans with a criminal record — if any or all of these things describe you, then accept the possibility that actually, you may not know what's going on, and you may be part of the problem.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

God Is Dead... Again

Jean-Paul Sartre
Still frame from The Turin Horse


God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?
- Frederich Nietzsche

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sartre On Collective Responsibilty And The Solace Of Optimism

Jean-Paul Sartre
Photo: El Mercurio

This paragraph from a biography of Jean-Paul Sartre echoes my feelings today for the West in general, and the United States in particular.

(Emphases are mine, as is the inserted footnote. For the sake of sheer sanity on my part, I removed the footnotes provided by the author. You can purchase the book for those.)


Sunday, March 2, 2014

SB 1062 & The Soul Of The U.S.A.

Very Small Business
A very small business, from Sheknows Parenting

I listened to Rich Lowry yesterday, sounding very reasonable, on KCRW's Left, Right & Center explaining that Arizona's now-tanked SB 1060 bill was merely a tweak to existing state and federal laws protecting business owners from undue burdens upon their religious freedoms absent a "compelling government interest." This view is also expressed in this post at a "Right"-eous Christian blog.
I'm going to grant the point and proceed from there.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Cowardice Of The Right: A Haiku

Ford Picket Line Violence
Ford Picket Line Violence

The conflict resolved
Ascendant right does pograms
Left wins, no kill-list
It's safer to be a right-winger.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


The Big Dick

Cheney is just the gift that keeps on giving. On the deceased donor of a (now clearly lonely) heart:
"... the way I think of it from a psychological standpoint is that it’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart. And I always thank the donor, generically thank donors for the gift that I’ve been given, but I don’t spend time wondering who had it, what they’d done, what kind of person.."
Of course you don't, Dick. I mean, you've already "generically" thanked the Aristotelean donor archetype.

I'm going to be very sad when Dick Cheney dies. Unless we get to have a few days of rage in his memory, that is.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Secret History of Sarin - H.P. Albarelli & Ran Daniel

A Secret Order
[Crossposted from The Secret History of Sarin]
Over the past several months the world has witnessed the heinous and lethal effects of sarin gas as deployed in Syria, yet virtually unknown is the long history of this deadly chemical compound. Especially abhorrent in this history are sarin’s entangled roots in Nazi Germany and its subsequent exploitation by the United States government. This history also graphically underscores the brutal byproducts brought on by international conflicts and the insane subterfuge that frequently accompanies the aftermath of war.