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March 21 2010

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March 11 2010

Do not become too remote / However much you perfect your art / From the theatre of daily life / Whose setting is the street.
— Bertolt Brecht, "On Everyday Theatre"

March 03 2010

February 16 2010

Authors are monkeys who mean.
— David Foster Wallace, "Greatly Exaggerated"

February 11 2010

January 29 2010

I took it last winter, so have fun reading Heidegger. But I'm in his Hegel class right now. We're going through the entire Phenomenology of Spirit, which means I'll have knowledge of the 'Absolute' by the end of the term. Anyway, how's logic? I either cut out of that class early or I'm too zoned out to even realize I'm walking by you to talk.

January 27 2010

Are you taking Hill's existentialism class?

January 18 2010

There are forty million poor people here, and one day we must ask the question, 'Why are there forty million poor people in America?' And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising a question about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I'm simply saying that more and more, we've got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life's marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. And you see, my friends, when you deal with this you begin to ask the question, 'Who owns the oil?' You begin to ask the question, 'Who owns the iron ore?'  You begin to ask the question, 'Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that's two-thirds water?' These are words that must be said.  

Now, don't think you have me in a bind today. I'm not talking about communism. What I'm talking about is far beyond communism. My inspiration didn't come from Karl Marx; my inspiration didn't come from Engels; my inspiration didn't come from Trotsky; my inspiration didn't come from Lenin. Yes, I read Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital a long time ago, and I saw that maybe Marx didn't follow Hegel enough. He took his dialectics, but he left out his idealism and his spiritualism. And he went over to a German philosopher by the name of Feuerbach, and took his materialism and made it into a system that he called 'dialectical materialism.' I have to reject that. 

What I'm saying to you this morning is communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social. And the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism, but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. Now, when I say questioning the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.
— Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta, GA, August 16, 1967

December 20 2009

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"We were burglarized by a four-year-old boy."

Baby Without a Brain Celebrates First Birthday

"He may not have a brain, but he has touched many hearts."

December 16 2009

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This is what I felt like, living for two months in Mexico. Thanks, D.F.W.

December 14 2009

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December 07 2009

Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey

A close reading of the text of Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume I.

December 05 2009

The success of totalitarian movements among the masses meant the end of two illusions of democratically ruled countries in general and of European nation-states and their party system in particular. The first was that the people in its majority had taken an active part in the government and that each individual was in sympathy with one's own or somebody else's party. On the contrary, the movements showed that the politically neutral and indifferent masses could easily be the majority in a democratically ruled country, that therefore a democracy could function according to rules which are actively recognized by only a minority. The second democratic illusion exploded by the totalitarian movements was that these politically indifferent masses did not matter, that they were truly neutral and constituted no more than the inarticulate backward setting for the political life of the nation. Now they made apparent what no other organ of public opinion had ever been able to show, namely, that democratic government had rested as much on the silent approbation and tolerance of the indifferent and inarticulate sections of the people as on the articulate and visible institutions and organizations of the country.
— Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, p. 312

December 03 2009

Abortions are the symbol, the outer image, of sexual relations in this world.
— Kathy Acker, Blood and Guts in High School, p. 34
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