Monthly Archives: June 2016

21st Century Feudalism

Bankrupt corporate capitalism is on its way to bankrupting the socialism that is trying to save it. That is the end stage. If they no longer have socialism to save them, then we are into feudalism. We are into private … Continue reading

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Einstein on Socialism

Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller … Continue reading

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When I came out of prison

I saw yet more distinctly the State in which I lived. I saw to what extent the people among whom I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends; that their friendship was for summer weather only; that they … Continue reading

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Empire of Illusion

We are a culture that has been denied, or has passively given up, the linguistic and intellectual tools to cope with complexity, to separate illusion from reality. We have traded the printed word for the gleaming image. Public rhetoric is designed … Continue reading

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The fear, desperation, binary choices, and foul language of the current presidential campaign carry my mind back to the Reagan Administration. I had this on my wall for years:

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Calvin and Hobbes

America is, in fact, the leading case in point of what may be thought of as the third great crisis in Western education. The first occurred in the fifth century B.C., when Athens underwent a change from an oral culture … Continue reading

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Books as History

What I am saying is that just as the television commercial empties itself of authentic product information so that it can do its psychological work, image politics empties itself of authentic political substance for the same reason. It follows from … Continue reading

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The US as seen via small screens

It is not merely that on the television screen entertainment is the metaphor for all discourse. It is that off the screen the same metaphor prevails. As typography once dictated the style of conducting politics, religion, business, education, law and … Continue reading

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Media as Epistemology

For, like the printing press, television is nothing less than a philosophy of rhetoric. To talk seriously about television, one must therefore talk of epistemology. All other commentary is in itself trivial. —Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, (New York: … Continue reading

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McCain blames Obama for Orlando shooting

“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures,” McCain said, according to The Washington … Continue reading

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