Tag Archives: politics

Ellen Willis Is Essential

About a year ago there was a very dismissive review written by Lisa Levy published in the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) of the essay collection The Essential Ellen Willis (“Irritated Critics“) . Ellen Wills is a wonderful writer who will teach you so much–especially if you’ve never heard of her; especially if you are young; especially if you […]

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Whose Killer-in-Chief?

Does your tribe trust the killer-in-chief? From Gawker…go there, watch the video, and, if you please, come back. Ask the DNC: Is Romney Ready for the Kill List? John Cook As you may have heard last night, Osama bin Laden is dead, has perished from the earth, is at the bottom of the sea, and […]

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Indolence! Undercutting the Cult of Mammon

A recent report on Inequality in America from Stanford details the extent of the wealth disparities.  Salon has a brief post on it (United States of Inequality) offering this example of the self-perpetuation of winners in the game of socioeconomic inequality: …in 1972, families in the top income quintile spent an average of $3,536 annually […]

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Addendum: Intruding Quantification Where It Has No Place

The question of whether politics can in fact be studied like the natural sciences is bewildering; it involves questions of free will and determinism, the nature of human action as distinct from animal behavior, the limits to predictability in the field of human affairs, and the limits to the possible understanding of events and institutions […]

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Studied Corruption

For some weeks (months?) my mind has not been very focused.   Rather, perhaps, I do not know how to speak of a right or a wrong when they are so plainly intermixed in our dailiness.  No solid ground, Karl (all that is solid melts into air). But I feel a tug to come here and […]

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The Mind of the Archgod of the Earth

Yesterday, late, I posted the following as, “If Not Equality, then Broad’s Advantage,” and I wanted to start with it here because I just read it’s philosophical underpinnings in Lawrence (again, Women in Love).  So, here’s the post followed by Lawrence as a kind of “incision” into the Broadian mind.  Skip down to the asterisks […]

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Master and Commander: Can a Mormon Be Man Enough for the Murder Machine?

Today I opened my morning paper to discover a very large headline in the “Neighbors/Religion” section (we don’t have time to discuss this formatting decision, focus!): “Would Monroe County vote for a Mormon?” This was an unfortunate piece to say the least, and I said more in comments and I’d like to share both the […]

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Politics + Interest = Liberty?

Can you discover your own mind in the below from George Eliot and D. H. Lawrence.  I’m pretty sure we’re all in there somewhere. From Chapter 51 of Middlemarch.  Politics and self-interest in 1871 and 2012. Party is Nature too, and you shall see By force of Logic how they both agree: The Many in […]

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Framing the Family: No Moms Allowed

mother and baby

I’ll be honest, I feel somewhat in denial.  Perhaps it’s a stage in a kind of intellectual grief. If, as I wrote yesterday, our politics is a “play of frames”–a “turning on” of certain metaphoric templates that, once activated, produce a limited, specific and predictable understanding of the world’s operations–then we are indeed lost. For […]

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Politicians, Corporations, Unions…In None Do We Trust

lying politician

First, who’s this “we”?  I don’t know…”Americans”?  Is there such a thing? So, on the heels of recent cursory research into the salaries of our local major liberal arts university as well as a report in the HT about our local school corporation’s remuneration for its administrators (quick reminder, of 1700 employees, 42 make over […]

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Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in […]

Dislodged Giant: Can We Use Stevens to Interpret Dickinson?

You tell me. “I thought that nature was enough” by Emily Dickinson I thought that nature was enough Till Human […]

By Metaphor Alone

Motivation matters. If the scientific method (which we make into the massive all-encompassing abstraction of SCIENCE to compete with the […]

By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter […]

Now You Know What A Horse Is: Views On Education in the 19th Century

Schools are scenes of extreme manipulation and coercion. Our national and state interest in them is less than benign, or […]

A Rule of Storytelling and Unhappiness

As my friend began reading William Morris’s News From Nowhere, or, An Epic of Rest, I thought I might take […]