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Hardline Austrian Economists like to pick on Marxists because Marxism has had an attempted historical project that failed as opposed to one that can't even do that.
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Pessimism of the intellect. "There is no stinking glass, I smashed it" of the will.
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Remember when people gave a shit about Michael Cummingham's The Hours or even it's Nicole Kidman film adaptation... I do. This is a sign of my relevance.
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This platform has officially out-survived google plus.
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Grammar Pedantry in English, in particular, has always amused me since our grammar is a kluge forced into the current shape by a largely artificial attempt to impose an even more Latinate syntax on a mutant hybrid beastie with a Germanic core that could not care less about trying to impose uniformity from an older language where many of "errors" we commit in English are impossible and trying to make semantic and rhetorical grammar consistent after the 14th-19th century nearly broke the entire edifice.
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I have always been wary of liberal dependence on regulation FOR EVERYTHING, but it amazed me that given that they don't make more hey about the fact most of the regulatory agencies are also industry advocation agencies, which means there is an explicit conflict of interest AND a tendency towards cost-disease generating mechanism in the same structure. I literally heard a Slate liberal argue that abolishing or structurally changing ANY federal agency was "against good government" be it ICE, DHS, or FDA. I mean, way to say, "Basically we are the party of bureaucracy first"
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So I was listening to podcast feed today and a memorial episode of Poetry Out Loud on way from driving K. to the airport to visit her friend in Rhode Island. It made me sad. Donald Hall met me during my MFA. I was assigned to take him to dinner with a few female colleagues, and the fancy eatery we normally took visiting poets to was closed, so we took him to a Ruby Tuesdays. I had met Robert Bly, a man I linked to Hall, and he had been imperious and not particularly helpful. Hall was not--he was a man of his generation to be sure and was flirtatious with the women with us but I asked them later if he was creepy and all said no. That was the worse thing I could say about him. He acted like a grandfather and a farmer but spoke to me about interviewing Erza Pound for the Paris review in his last days and what it was like to try to find your voice again after losing loved ones, he made jokes about aging and about his ease in bruising, about younger poets that he thought were promising, and about the poets he had met on our campus. He talked about French onion soup. He didn't do the gossip I often hear from MFA-centric poets, but he wasn't a professor anymore anyway. So I was legitimately sad when he died even though his life was long and he was largely solitary in the last decade apparently. What was interesting about this is that I never loved Hall's work before that--I thought of him as kind of an American Seamus Heaney but without the formalism. A remnant of mid-century New England poetry that barely fit in our time. Yet after meeting him, his late poetry in particular really resonated with me. It was refreshingly honest and quite dark but without cynicism or ingratitude.
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May. 8th, 2018 09:11 am
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You are defined by your enemies as often as not, when your enemy is the semi-coherent vapid spectacle on youtube that has some vaguely right-wing vapors or people barely out of their teens spewing half-digested academic jargon from the 90s, what does that say about you?


Apr. 30th, 2018 11:23 am
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You know, it's hard to mock tendencies in activist trends that literally mirror things you used to say as reductio ad absurdum. Such as people blocking out letters in "cr*zy" because somehow that is a battle against "ableism" or watching people saying that learning Spanish is culturally appropriating non-European culture (the levels of reductio) here are kind of amazing. It's a good thing that dealing with people in my real my life, even activist ones, don't remotely mirror what I see online because online proves that you can never say "No one actually believes that" because assuredly SOMEONE does, and they probably even have a masters degree in social theory.
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The contradiction between free association in a bourgeois society versus freedom of speech when our media space has subsumed the distinction between public and private speech and employers often have more outreach than legal entities should be explored more deeply in Marxist thinking. It does not undo the validity of either principle nor mean that we should compromise on either, but that they remain both formalized and increasingly less substantive under current conditions should be acknowledged.
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You know what, I also thought call-out culture was stupid because it makes people defensive and more likely to double down on their position, then I realized, it wasn't for correction. It was for creating clearer identities that reinforce each other.
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So the whole caveat imperator as an eternal principle based on the idea that the product (actually the producer) has no responsibility axiomatically to inform you but you have a responsibility to do due diligence I see libertarians do NOT completely undo their argument about markets are both moral and efficient information aggregators. Rendering information asymmetry into a moral point has dire implications for the rest of the moral framework.
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The Death of Stalin was good but actually softened Beria from his historical personage.
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There is a rash of both left and right-wing Presidents worldwide being convicted for corruption: Looks like both the last two Presidents of South Korea are going down, Lula has been convicted, Zuma has been convicted, etc., etc., etc.
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Parolu al mi en Esperanto kiel mi estas demona virino en perdita filmo de William Shatner.
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So fun fact: Queen Anne's Lace is a wild carrot, but so is hemlock, and they look VERY much alike.
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To paraphrase and quote a fb friend: So much wokeness ends up being calling for the equal dehumanization and criminalization of everyone, not for ending it all together. You see it in the categorical identity language of left liberals, even if people actually BELONG the category they are demonizing. Identity is the Ur-form of Ideology says Adorno. He was right. He also should have been more consistent about that in his earlier work on the authoritarian personality.

The problem with privilege thinking in regards to this is that what is privilege can be confused with basic human decency because privileges have been used to deny people basic human decency; however, if you deny EVERYONE basic human decency, you have fixed the privilege problem. Which do you see modern states as being more likely to do?
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Everything Ep Thompson said on Althusser was right.

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