Tag Archives: politics

Life-with

I bring you life-with. It’s more than love. Love’s a hard, sad, dirty word, a cold word, an old word. It says too much and it promises too little. I bring you something much bigger than love. If you’re alive, you’re alive. If you’re alive-with, then you know the other life is there too—both of […]

2005 Cornell Commencement Address

May 29, 2005 Commencement Address Cornell University President Jeffrey S. Lehman May 29, 2005 Members of the Class of 2005, candidates for advanced degrees, families and friends of the graduates, Chairman Meinig and other members of the Board of Trustees, honored guests. On behalf of my colleagues on the faculty, it is my privilege to […]

Peter Lamborn Wilson a.k.a Hakim Bey

.. in NYC.

With Obama election comes the return of the vampire

[From The San Diego Union-Tribune — With Obama election comes the return of the vampire]

Superstruct game

Q: What is Superstruct? A: Superstruct is the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game. By playing the game, you’ll help us chronicle the world of 2019–and imagine how we might solve the problems we’ll face. Because this is about more than just envisioning the future. It’s about making the future, inventing new ways to organize […]

Obama’s victory speech

I know he is a politician, and they always have more than enough evocative words to say, but this one is particularly moving AND demonstrates some sort of innocence that is – somehow – still left in the U.S. If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all […]

The Steel Remains (2008)

Richard Morgan’s latest is a fantasy novel – a dreadful thought for those actually in love with his blend of future noir, cyberpunk and thriller from practically all previous novels. Good news is – it’s all good here. The Steel Remains is very very brilliant, very very off-beat, and very very non-typical. In fact, it […]

MilitantEsthetics

Very leftist, very Situationist, very brilliant. Here. I particularly like Ben Watson’s “Music, Violence, Truth” written after 9/11.

Panopticon

“He who is subjected to a field of visibility, and who knows it, assumes responsibility for the constraints of power; he makes them play spontaneously upon himself; he inscribes in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays both roles; he becomes the principle of his own subjection” (Michael Foucault, Discipline & Punish, 202).  […]

PT

In a nutshell, a PT merely arranges his or her paperwork in such a way that all governments consider him a tourist. A person who is just “Passing Through”. The advantage is that being thought of by government officials as a person who is merely “Parked Temporarily”, a PT is not subjected to taxes, military […]

More Paul Mann

Stupid Undergrounds, 168-169 Day Job Best of all, furthest along its trajectory, is “zerowork,” the refusal to work, the refusal to bid for equal alienation, disappearing from the tax rolls, from the very category of the unemployed. But how then to survive? By hook and crook, and the stupid underground is rife with pipedreams and […]

Outsourcing

In Taken, Bryan, father of the kidnapped girl and an ex-CIA op says (or something very close to it) to the Albanian kidnapper as he jabs two impromptu trodes into his thighs and connects them to the electricity box: “We used to outsource this kind of things but the problem was that the countries where […]

Kanalia, kanalia, kanalia – Adam Michnik

Przed naszymi oczami wciąż przewija się defilada skorumpowanych hipokrytów, spuchłokarkich przekręciarzy, sprzedajnych deputowanych. Codzienna nikczemność, nadęte kłamstwo i podła intryga – czują się znakomicie. W naszym świecie nie ma dziś wielkiej idei Wolności, Równości i Braterstwa. Nie ma też wśród nas Napoleona i jego obietnicy wielkiej chwały. Nie wierzymy już w mężów opatrznościowych. Zostaliśmy też […]

Jean-Luc Nancy

One day, the gods retreated. On their own, they retreated from their divinity, that is to say, from their presence. What remains of their presence is what remains of all presence when it absents itself: what remains is what one can say about it. What can be said about it is what remains when one […]

We want to stand upon our own feet and look fair and square at the world — its good facts, its bad facts, its beauties, and its ugliness; see the world as it is and be not afraid of it. Conquer the world by intelligence and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror […]

Make it personal

The personal, as every one’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, TAKE IT PERSONALLY. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here — it is slow and cold, and it is […]

John Harrigan

“ I’m ashamed that art has failed to bring attention to issues like Iraq and the environment. I have blood on my hands, really.” http://www.openmagazine.co.uk/performance/exclusive-john-harrigan.htm

In memory of Benazir B.

The spiritual well-being gang advanced into the room. Nine of them, all told. Cartoon patriarch beards and close shaven skulls, grim-faced and intent. Three officiators, the colours of the evangelical elect draped blackly across their dull ochre robes and the bioware scopes worn like an ancient pirate patch across one eye. They were locked in […]