Happy Conscientious Objector’s Day.
One of the loudest complaints against the Ocuppy Wallstreet movement is that it does not have a unified and coherent list of demands. While clarity of vision is something that every political movement should strive for, it seems to me that the Occupy Wallstreet movement is right where it should be for now: it is constructing what the philosopher Enrique Dussel calls an analogical hegemon. Below I explicate what this term means, why it fits this particular moment in the Occupy Wall Street movement, why Occupy Wall Street should continue down the road it is on and what we can hope for from/in it. Continue reading
“Populism is always sustained by the frustrated exasperation of ordinary people, by the cry ‘I don’t know what is going on, but I’ve just had enough of it! It cannot go on! It must stop!’ Such impatient outbursts betray a refusal to understand or engage with the complexity of the situation, and give rise to the conviction that there must be somebody responsible for the mess—which is why some agent lurking behind the scenes is invariably required. Therein, in this refusal to know, lies the properly fetishistic dimension of populism.” Continue reading
Vertigo—a sense of dizziness felt when staring into the abyss of complexity.
When one is assaulted by the freedom of an I-tunes gift card and the infinite choices presented there in, one cannot but feel vertigo. One can spend all time traversing the infinite connection of signifiers—different bands, albums, genres, artists and music-mixes.
This vertigo now characterizes all of life, to such an extent that when someone says that the answer is simple an impulse propels us towards consent. A biological impulse sent through our system in order to assuage a low-level anxiety that is constantly reminding us of a lack of homeostasis.
This impulse propels us towards all types of options. Continue reading
This is taken from a conversation I am having in the comment section of my post on Zizek, Hauerwas and Chocolate Laxatives. I wanted to move it here because I thought it might stir some interesting conversation on its own. If you want to see the entire context check out the other post.
Cavanaugh has an interesting section in Torture and Eucharist where he makes use of and then critiques Boff’s and Sobrino’s accounts of martyrdom. He likes that they want to expand the definition of martyrdom, but dislikes the fact that (1.) they base their definition on “abstract principles” of love and justice, (2.) seem to valorize the intentions of the individual martyr’s, and (3.) include those who die while participating in violence. In contrast, Cavanaugh thinks that martyrdom should be based on whether or not the community of which the martyrs were a part is able to recognize the body of Christ in the martyrs death. (TandE, 60-64).
I do think it is problematic to base notions of martyrdom on the individual’s intentions if that is really what Boff and Sobrino do. I don’t, however, agree with the other critiques. Continue reading
Here is a great peace by Peter Hallward on the recent events in Haiti. It is devastating and infuriating and I am not sure what the answer is.
We have some friends/acquaintances who recently adopted a Haitian child. They are somewhat famous now, I suppose, since they have been in the news. The woman was in Haiti when the earth quake happened and was able to return with the help of the US with the child they were still in the process of adopting. They claimed that it was a miracle and thanked God for it. I must admit that I find claims such as this somewhat suspect when reading this article and specifically quotes like this. Continue reading
I have already read the book once, but have been anticipating this for some time now and have no problem reading it again. An und fur sich is hosting a book event on Philip Goodchild’s new book Theology of Money.
If you can get a hold of the book and follow along than I suggest you do so. If not it will be worth while to follow the summary’s (Anthony Paul Smith has already written one that is outstanding and there will be more to follow). Goodchild’s work is the most interesting work I have read in a long while and I am very excited that it is getting some publicity and to see it get more dissemination.
Also, check out Goodchild’s own remarks on his book here.