Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Noam "Horse's Mouth" Chomsky

He said this on Democracy Now!:

"We should recognize—if we were honest, we would say something that sounds utterly shocking and no doubt will be taken out of context and lead to hysteria on the part of the usual suspects, but the fact of the matter is that today’s Republican Party qualify as candidates for the most dangerous organization in human history. Literally. Just take their position on the two major issues that face us: climate change, nuclear war. On climate change, it’s not even debatable. They’re saying, "Let’s race to the precipice. Let’s make sure that our grandchildren have the worst possible life." On nuclear war, they’re calling for increased militarization. It’s already way too high, more than half the discretionary budget. "Let’s shoot it up." They cut back other resources by cutting back taxes on the rich, so there’s nothing left. There’s been nothing this—literally, this dangerous, if you think about it, to the species, really, ever. We should face that."

You don't want to think of an organization (especially a barely organized one) like the Republican party as more dangerous than global warming or nuclear proliferation, but since it operates in a way that feeds both of those things, it becomes part of the resource base for them. This is an ecosynthetic manifold, a composite of bodies that are possibility conditions for each other. What I find it hard to wrap my head around is thinking of the GOP as a body at all, because of how fractured it is, but bodies just are fractured anyway (even the solid-looking ones). 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dark Ecology

Toylike people make me boylike
Toylike people make me boylike
They're invisible when the trip it flips
They get physical way below my lips
And everything you got hoi-paloilike
Now you're lost and you're lethal
And now's about the time you got to leave all
These good people...DREAM ON

That's what popped into my head while I was reading the third thread of Tim Morton's Dark Ecology. If there is justice, Tim will use Massive Attack's "Risingson" as the title theme if he gives us an audio version of the book. Ah, but there is no justice...not one. But there may be many.