Posts from ‘September, 2002’

"Radical Reform" is the best path to business as usual

One thing I’ve learned about life and society in general is that you need to be ready to change, and to admit error and move on, without becoming neurotic about it. This took some time, as I grew up in a very neurotic time and area of America, where people would wring their hands about…

When Democracy includes everyone, only simplistic reason prevails

American politics will perhaps never achieve the degree of honesty our founding fathers envisioned, because their vision wisely did not embrace democracy as we know it. Their vision of democracy was limited to those who make the daily leadership decisions that keep society going: those who owned the farms and businesses, and ran the churches…

Media popularity is a matter of spin toward the uplifting, Vapid and Controlling

Postmodern humor: I think that’s what to call what is popular in the media today. Basically, it’s a contexting game. You mention enough pop culture things and then twist their context to be an inversion of their basic function, and it’s “funny.” It goes something like this: McDonalds’s Restaurants today announced that it would begin…

We are in the age of unraveling, Yet We Think We’re In Control

How will the end come? I think for humanity, as for individuals, it will be “with a whimper and not a bang,” and furthermore, it will be a predictable downslide. Very few deaths are truly shocking, or unexpected. Cancer runs its course, old age leaves little doubt that the end is on the books and…

Vegetarianism is (usually) just moral posturing

Oh, yeah. Just a brief word about vegetarianism. Controversial philosopher F.W. Nietzsche expressed a dislike for vegetarians because he saw them as being unwilling to accept life as it necessarily is, including the concepts of dominance and predation, and thus they were creating an artificial world based on morality or a “looks like it should…

Between Good and Evil, I Side With Nature

I read a lot about the war in Iraq — I mean, the coming slaughter of the untechnologized natives — and it makes me grin slightly sadly to think of the humor of declaring oneself “moral” and therefore going after “the bad people.” Who could live up to that, dealing with more than a few…

The Postmodern Condition A Report on Knowledge (Jean-François Lyotard)

The Postmodern Condition (1979) publ. Manchester University Press, 1984. The First 5 Chapters of main body of work are reproduced here. 1. The Field: Knowledge in Computerised Societies Our working hypothesis is that the status of knowledge is altered as societies enter what is known as the postindustrial age and cultures enter what is known…

The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

Introduction to the Bhagavad-Gita (Translation of Bhagavad-Gita by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood.) by Aldous Huxely. More than twenty-five centuries have passed since that which has been called the Perennial Philosophy was first committed to writing; and in the course of those centuries it has found expression, now partial, now complete, now in this form,…

Humanflood (Pentti Linkola)

Translated by Harri Heinonen and Michael Moynihan Introduction by Michael Moynihan Is Pentti Linkola posing the most dangerous thoughts mankind has ever considered? Or is he this planet’s only remaining voice of sanity? Living an ascetic existence as a fisherman in a remote rural region of his frigid homeland, the Finnish philosopher has pondered mankind’s…

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