Tag Archives: christopher caudwell

hold your nose: flushing into a non-existant past

Excerpts from a brilliant article exposing the underside of what Adorno called the “cultural industries” and what Kuspit refers to as art as part of the industrial entertainment complex so drowned and subsumed by money values there is strictly form … Continue reading

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running of the bulls of babylon

When extremes support each other. Fundamentally hypocritical bourgeois values? Or, are talking about two fundamentally different approaches to reinforcing the continuity of patriarchy and misogyny that defies rational classicism arisen from the Enlightenment or the irrational attributes of human nature, … Continue reading

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fold up the tent: patriots with bonds in their pockets

…As the U.S. miltary officially leaves Iraq, much of us are still puzzled by the phenomenon of this conflict which pits the social, the psychological and the economic in contradictory positions vis. a vis. conventional thinking. Can the conflict be … Continue reading

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homespun

no comment needed; its really the portrait of the ugly American, white upwardly mobile yuppie that ¬†you would want to feet to a pack of starving jackals. Or people so caught up in hierarchy and invidious comparison that they have … Continue reading

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to tell or not to tell

Its hardly a new problem. Racism seems inextricably bound up with our economic structure, and with ideology, what Veblen termed “invidious comparison” that clarified the complexities between dominated and subjugator such that it is almost inconceivable to think of ¬†market … Continue reading

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I’d rather be a weed

It can be plausibly argued that violence does cause thinking. If peace was predominant, there would never be much occasion for thoughtful reflection. So, thinking is bound to violence, and violence seems the janus-faced side of civilization. And, the trick … Continue reading

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build a better mousetrap to snag em’

build it and they will come? Good intro here, but the Father then went on to extoll the stadium. But, some interesting points. You have to wonder if these massive structures are a perversion of some form of twisted ideology. … Continue reading

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depersonalization: mission of a yuppie soul

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in … Continue reading

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hit him with your rhythm stick

…After an appearance before the House Un-American Committee in 1947, Brecht went directly to Switzerland where his reputation seemed to be reviving, and when the regime in East Berlin offered him a theater of his own and a subsidy to … Continue reading

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brecht: cleaning out the stale slag of feeling

The why of Bertolt Brecht’s popularity in America has always been a bit complicated. One way or another, the United States held a personal fascination for Brecht, and his attitude towards it developed through two distinct phases. As a young … Continue reading

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