Category: Observations

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The Irony of the Critique

The difference between representation and personification is the difference between realism and artistic license.

The reproduction of events in visual and aural mediums denigrate the significance of the event if the pursuit a repristinated representation. If instead, personification is the goal, the accusation of historical distortion falls to pieces. Yet the critique remains, that the commodification of historical and artistic events and creations by capitalist ideology (more specifically, Neo-liberalism as it is understood and practiced today) and market constructs dehumanize the very members of the society and events that they are supposed to represent. It leaves a question in its wake as well. Can the self and the other be successfully de-commodified without exploding the free market system in its entirety?

I hate those moments when once again I’m confronted with cowardice and ignorance that masquerades as humility and wisdom. It utterly diminishes me. I just swell up with a surging maelstrom of anger, sadness, defeat, despair and shame for my fellow man who lives by facsimiles of virtues. A life filled with nothing but moral circumspection without any cognitive direction. To believe anything without allowing its discussion or challenge is a fanaticism which abdicates something of what it is to be human, to be made in the image of God. It sacrifices our ability to doubt and reason upon the altar of assurance. And it is a sacrifice that I could never make.

The casual and almost fatalistic acceptance of collateral damage as a doctrine of both war and economic reform by many epitomizes the institutionalization dehumanization. The elimination of the innocent, either through violent means or the more insipid, malicious method of class warfare by tax code manipulation and institutional discrimination further entrenches the disassociative plague that is rugged individualism upon a free society.

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Catastrophism As Leadership

Look at the tyranny of party — at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty   — a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes — and which turns   voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and   they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of   opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction;   and forgetting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same   blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against   the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and   billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master.
– “The Character of Man,” Mark Twain’s Autobiography