Dec 18, 2013
commented on Life Without Economics: Part Two
Scarcity is not completely invented: it's a function of what we want and our level of technical competence---the second is being ignored in this so far. Some things are very hard to do---this can change, the best example of which I can think were aluminium going from a precious metal (before the cryolite process) to something ubiquitous and disposable.
When I read some New Left and more coherent hippie writings from the nineteen-sixties, I was struck by how sure they were that all necessary work would be completely automatable real soon now---they were extrapolating upward from a 'easy-to-reach fruit' period.
Shorter: Just as the State is fundamentally about the authorisation of 'deserved violence', the culture is about the delineation of 'deserved suffering'.
I wouldn't say that capitalist societies invented 'the individual', they just needed a different set of conditions attached to the concept---in mediæval times and Christian places, no-one expected any individual to make their way without assistance to Success, since that was impossible and for the Church, undesirable...but each individual was expected to see to his salvation in the approved fashion and think it only right that they would suffer if they didn't do it right. Now, Capital doesn't give a damn about people's religion, but expect that an individual will think it only right that they suffer if they don't succeed.
Dec 18, 2013
commented on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Rides Again
Publishers have no dignity; they have quarterly targets...and they assume that we won't sufficiently reward being dignified (generally devalued) sufficiently to allow them to get away with it.
Dec 5, 2013
commented on Good-Bye, Seattle
Uhh, there's this scallion-infused fried tofu I've been unable to find anywhere but Seattle....
Nov 7, 2013
commented on Check Out Snoop
Lion Dogg's New Vaporizer!
A traditional hookah/nargileh, used as it were meant to be used and carefully so, can be a vapouriser, and a relatively inxpensive one. Just make sure that the plan material were moist and the charcoal far enough away, as opposed to using it with an open flame.
May 1, 2013
commented on May Day Reading
> The problem is, not every "self-motivated" person can succeed
Nonsense! We live in a Just World, everybody gets what they deserve, so stop bothering those of us who have proved our worthiness by doing well as if there were something we could or should do about so-called 'problems' so-called 'people' whine about.
Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes.
Jan 22, 2013
commented on Mark Driscoll on President Obama's Inauguration
I am again struck by how much, in some ways, I would prefer the Obama that lives in his opponents' heads---contemptuous of Biblical law, hostile to religion, ever seeking to turn us into a largely unarmed social democracy where status rootless cosmopolitan values dominate---to the one we've actually got. At times I'm tempted to think that they're doing it just to frustrate me, but then I remember that to them I and others of a similar humour are of no importance sufficient to that attention.
Jan 19, 2013
commented on Christie Has Got Obama's Back, Again
Does American politics have room for two major parties that basically work for the interests of business but are decent-to-good with respect to those social issues about which business, loosely construed, are good or don't care?
Maybe they could make enough difference out of which businesses support which party...or, more optimistically, maybe more centrist Republicans could move the Democrats leftward for sheer brand differentiation's sake.