malthus and famine: curse of the wedding ring

Do people starve simply because there are too many of us? Is famine the necessary companion of civilization? Was parson Malthus right in his grim insistence that population must necessarily outdistance food supply? Or, even worse, are the hungry dying because of politics? It would appear that there is more to famine than a lack of food: challenges and vagaries of markets and distribution, slow declines in access to basic foodstuffs, exasperated by natural disasters, poor of resources, low wages… … Continue reading

Read More

every doge has its way

Madame Pickwick Doge meme….

Read More

persistence of famine

Hunger and history have a long symbiosis. The first recorded famine occurred in Egypt in 3500 B.C.Since then, millions have died, and still die of starvation. Do people starve simply because there are too many of us as Parson Malthus theorized? Is famine the companion of civilization? Do the hungry … Continue reading

Read More

dada: nothing is by accident

It began with an ironic and anarchic temper with origins in eighteenth century skepticism which was subsequently absorbed into the culture of urban and metropolitan thought processes through Baudelaire and Manet among others and it all came to a scrappy yet mystical climax in Dada. The Dadaist method of assemblage … Continue reading

Read More

dada dum dada not so dum

Unsureness and confusion, in the sphere of Dada opinion, became a positive value, and one that had lethal effect of what could be termed systems of hierarchy and classification. Like Alfred Jarry, dada postulated a “pataphysical” logic of absurdity that had its own syntax, coded language and a kind of … Continue reading

Read More

meaning what you mean

Do I know you mean what you mean? If a person thinks in one language, they think one way; in another language another way. At least that is what Benjamin Lee Whorf said, who explained why a person’s thought is a prisoner of their tongue. … When Whorf died in … Continue reading

Read More

confusion as intent

Dada. They brought to a sharp focus the dilemma in which making choices between so-called alternatives was a lost cause. Tristan Tzara ( of chess with Lenin fame ) saw opposites as essentially equivalent. Order=disroder. affirmation=negation. The efforts to incite indignation swirled around Dada’s core belief of attention to negative … Continue reading

Read More