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Having a cataract is disorienting, in the most basic sense. To gauge the horizon, which is to keep your balance, now requires work--calculation--rather than the occasional glance. It's as if you've regressed to that moment when you're first learning to walk, when the physical coordinates of the world don't yet make any sense because you don't know that standing up will let you measure them, perhaps even master them.
Nevertheless, I'm off to Missoula today, tomorrow to address the Montana Educational Association, courtesy of James Bruggeman. Here's hoping I don't fall off that outer edge of the world because I can't see where it ends. Jim and I will report on what happens, regardless of where I land.
I've said this a thousand times by now, but markets, money, greed, debt, profit motives, etc., are not specific to capitalism. Which is to say that bourgeois society is not the same thing as capitalism. Which is also to say that, unlike capitalism, bourgeois society is a trans-historical phenomenon that is compatible with slavery: it was the social groundwork of Athenian democracy, the Roman republic (ask Claude Mosse), the Puritan enclaves of North America, the coalition that made the American Revolution, the antebellum South, the Populist Revolt. And so on.
The bourgeois virtues always stand in astonished dread of, and revolt against, the "formula for capital," as Marx called it, whereby money, wealth in the abstract, becomes the goal of production.
I made this argument in print 13 years ago, and I convinced one person, Jim Oakes (see link below). Then I elaborated on it for a conference on the History of Capitalism, in 2009 at NYU, and was excluded from the essay collection that followed because, well, because the colleagues said you just can't have the bourgeoisie without, uh, capitalism. But yeah, you can. Those bourgeois individuals certainly thought so.
Now, Joe Amato, et al., one reason for making the distinction is to see that the archetypal figures of American movie culture--the western hero, the gangster, the hard-boiled detective, and now the heroine who won't resort to the law (of the Father) to make things right--are modern bourgeois individuals up against the juggernaut of capital accumulation and its corporate-bureaucratic attendants.
And so onward, toward binge-watching "Tin Star."
I just watched the first episode of "Tin Star" with an unlikely Tim Roth in the lead role of the western hero, in an unlikely place for such a self-made man--western Canada. I can't wait to watch some more, partly because the melodramatic setup (the cop is a criminal!) reminds me of a standing bet I have with students.
It goes like this. Find me a pro-capitalist movie from any era or country and I'll pay you ten bucks. But don't go off thinking that the bourgeois virtues of the self-made man are pro-capitalist: they're not, and, at least in cinematic history, they have never been.
The western hero and the gangster, the archetypes of self-fashioning at the movies, are usually, even normally, trying to make it on their own, up against the big bankers and the bad coppers and the corporations. So is the hard-boiled hero of detective fiction and its progeny, film noir. These guys--and now their female or cyber-avatars--are always up against bureaucratic rationality and its libidinal or linguistic prohibitions.
Popular culture in this country has typically been at least suspicious of capitalists and capitalism, because these social forces invert the proper relationship between property and personality, turning what ought to be a means into an end in itself, thus corrupting the social basis of republican government. It still is suspicious, no matter what the Orange One's approval rating--for he is perceived by "the base" as an outlaw in his own right.
Let me now break the contract we seem to have made on plain speech and its obvious political benefits. I have long held that Judith Butler is a perfectly lucid writer who gave us new insights into gender precisely because she was willing to rewrite Hegel's Phenomenology. But she and her chosen antecedents are known, and ridiculed, as obscure, even obscurantist (except Foucault, of course). What then?
At certain extreme moments of human development, the capacities of language are outrun by historical circumstances. We don't know how to put them into words because what is happening has never happened before, or so we think, thank God, we say. Think of the astonishment and inventiveness of every beat in Shakespeare (OK, after the history plays) as an index of, and a response to, this linguistic absence--how are we to make sense of this freedom, how to write as if we could know?
So, sometimes great thinkers have to devise new linguistic resources, just to get out in front of the new historical circumstances they feel moving under their feet, like the tectonic plates we call the varieties of moral experience. They stand at the heart of change, telling us where it can and should lead. Or they hope to, like old Will.
Like Hegel, and Marx. Like Butler. They're not running at your speed (mine, either). That's OK. Speed up, slow down, whatever, just try to catch up.
IF FEMINST ORGANIZATIONS STARTED REFUSING TO SUPPORT WOMEN CANDIDATES WHO ARE OBVIOUS MISOGYNISTS LIKE HIL, WE WOULD HAVE FEWER WOMEN IN POWER WHO ARE PART OF THE GOOD OLD BOYS NETWORK. IF THOSE SAME ORGANIZATIONS WORKED ON STRATEGIES TO PROTECT WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS WHEREVER THEY STRIKE, WOMEN *W*O*U*L*D* NOT ONLY HAVE MORE POWER, THEY WOULD BE MORE CREDIBLE AS LEADERS, TOO.
"Despite heavy competition, Trump’s latest Iran move ranks near the top of the list of the most reckless actions of this ever-so-reckless presidency. The president announced recently that he was refusing to certify Iran’s compliance with the landmark nuclear agreement it reached with the U.S. and several other world powers during the Obama administration.
This dangerous move won’t scuttle the deal entirely — at least not yet — but it undermines the strength of the international agreement and ultimately increases the threat of war. While Trump has said he’s not pulling out of the deal just now, he’s threatening to do so if Congress doesn’t pass new sanctions .
With virtually every Iran expert on the planet in agreement that Tehran is keeping its end of the nuclear deal, it’s clear that Trump’s motives are purely political. But if anything that makes his decision only more dangerous."- READ MORE:
"As the U.S. completes military drills off of South Korea's eastern coast, a top North Korean official warned on Monday that "nuclear war can break out at any moment" and that the tensions that have escalated amid President Donald Trump's threats have propelled the two countries to "the touch-and-go point."
North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations said in his address to the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee that the U.S. has not subjected any other country to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" in several decades.
While the State Department says it is still attempting diplomatic means to prevent further nuclear development by North Korea, the exercises the U.S. is participating in this week off the Korean peninsula have stoked fears that military action by the U.S. could be imminent. The Navy is completing evacuation drills as well as other exercises."- READ MORE:
"In a decision that is being called "groundbreaking" and "precedent-setting," a district court judge in Minnesota has ruled that he will allow oil pipeline protesters to present a "necessity defense" for charges related to a multi-state action by climate activists last October.
"Finally, we'll get to bring climate experts into a court of law, to describe the distance between our current reality and what physics demands of us if we hope to leave a stable planet for our kids."
—Emily Johnston, defendant
In his decision last week, Judge Robert Tiffany ruled that four activists who participated in the #ShutItDown action—in which pipelines across five states were temporarily disabled, halting the flow of tar sands oil from Canada into the U.S.—may present scientists and other expert witnesses to explain the immediate threat of climate change to justify their action.
"The ruling is only the third time a judge in the United States has allowed for such a defense in a climate case," InsideClimateNews reports. "The first case, in Massachusetts in 2014, did not go to trial after the prosecutor dropped the charges. A judge allowed the necessity defense in a Washington State case in 2016 but then instructed jurors they could not acquit on necessity."- READ MORE:
"As President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress intensify their push for massive corporate tax cuts that critics have said would encourage businesses to offshore profits and jobs, a new report published Tuesday by U.S. PIRG and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) found that 73 percent of companies on the Fortune 500 list are already taking advantage of overseas tax havens—costing the United States $752 billion in federal tax revenue last year alone.
"Lawmakers shouldn't be discussing how to sweeten the pot and give corporations a huge tax break that amounts to a huge financial reward for engaging in bad corporate behavior."
—Richard Phillips, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
The new study discovered that, in total, America's most profitable corporations in 2016 had $2.6 trillion stashed overseas in over 9,000 subsidiaries in various locations, including notorious tax havens like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands."- READ MORE:
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I had a blast yesterday on set I got a call to do a rush makeup, a few days ago, a full prosthetic multi piece Ghost prosthetic for a another version of a CHRISTMAS CAROL film called "A Second Chance" and had to turn Mark McGrath, SUGAR RAY. Into a one of the ghosts for the film. I connect with quite a few stars and have had a blast. People like Jimmy Fallon and Will Farrell Tracy Morgan, as well as a ton of others, who actually become a real friends after the cameras stop rolling. On the Music side Snoop Dog, Manson,etc. But with Mark was such a quick and deep connection I feel I made a new friend. Me Cameron McPeters came together on getting this make-up out as quick as possible. I did a marathon in painting running the foam and applying this on Mark and it came out so cool, and the way it was shot was awesome, smoke and chains all over him glowing lights via Poltergeist and Close Encounters lighting what an entrance! Its one of those quick jobs you relish, why? cause it was done right.. and filmed right. Yes was rough and there was little to no sleep. But it brought me back to my SNL days were one mistake or mishap in the lab would not get it on set, so there was no sleep but man was it worth it, And becoming friends with this dude was special what a great, truly nice man, and getting to know him was an extreme pleasure. Was Kimberlee Catena"s dream come true meeting and hanging with him as well. Non stop laughs. He was one of the best subjects to do a prosthetic on, I truly love this guy. This biz definitely has its up moments and can be so fun, this was one of them. Pictures when I'm allowed. Thanks Chris Olen Ray what a blast.
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So, to all you Log Cabin Republicans out there: Is this what you wanted when you voted them into office?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S administration is facing strong backlash from civil rights groups after voting against a U.N. resolution that condemns using death penalty to punish “consensual same-sex relations.”
The U.N. Human Rights Council approved the measure on Friday with a 27-13 vote, with seven countries abstaining. The United States, led by Amb. Nikki Haley, voted for an amendment to the resolution that said the death penalty was not necessarily a human rights violation, and voted against amendments urging countries to stop using experimental drugs in executions.
So here's a good explainer on the economics of rebuilding Puerto Rico, despite the fact that these folks have brown skin.
"Taken together, this is a clear snapshot of a country that could easily afford to completely rebuild Puerto Rico, as well as Florida and Houston, and do far, far more besides. The only reason for Trump’s ugly remarks about the cost of keeping Americans alive is that it involves using our nation’s incredible wealth to benefit regular people rather than the ultra-wealthy like himself."
Read this all the way through to the end, because it is in the last quote and the following last two paragraphs that get to the heart of the matter. You need the stuff before that for context, so just read the whole damn thing.
Had a very weird and very very sad experience at John Wayne Airport (Orange County) yesterday.
We dropped off the rental car and were riding up to the terminal. I was wearing an '87 Grateful Dead t-shirt that I had gotten at Elizabeth's first Dead Concert when we first got together (30 year anniversary). He started talking about music and concerts, but seemed a little weird - like he was trying to prove he was hip. Then he said that what happened last night (Sunday) was really shocking in an almost off-hand manner. And I said, without thinking, "So what's Trump done this time?"
He got really angry about me politicizing the tragedy. What tragedy? He stomped off and said there was a mass shooting at a concert with 50 dead.
I realized: 1) He was a Trump supporter; 2) I was an asshole for assuming that all tragedies stem from Trump; 3) I was a bigger asshole for assuming some random stranger would share my opinion; and 4) I was an enormous asshole for politicizing any tragedy, regardless of my knowledge of what that tragedy was, just to score a political laugh.
I have been forced to come to the opinion that I am very definitely part of the problem. I didn't listen to the guy when he said there was a tragedy. I apologize to him, whoever he is, and to anyone else that I offend by speaking instead of listening.
We're home. I'm at a client site watching a progress bar move way to slowly. Dana Point was beautiful, but I am definitely a Stranger In A Strange Land there. It's like they had never seen tie-dye before, but wanted me to know how much they loved it.
Remember that nifty Colombia Labor Action Plan that Obama signed with Colombian President Santos back in 2011? The one that was supposed to stop violence against labor leaders, and restore their rights? The one Obama signed so that Congressional Demopublicans could crow about all they were doing for Colombian workers, to justify their yes votes for another job-killing free trade scheme?
This news is no surprise.
Free Trade Agreements are anti-worker, job killing neoliberal schemes designed to further enrich the domestic and foreign investor class.
Had Democrats adopted an anti-FTA [anti-TPP] stance Trump would not be the president today!
Here is a message from Eric Lee.
"I sent this message to you about 10 days ago - but I'm not sure you saw it. (If you did, I'm sorry for the reminder.) This is an important campaign and we need MANY more people to send off messages of protest. Thanks.
Carlos E. Castañeda Ravelo is the president of a public sector union in Colombia.
In 2006, he was dismissed from his job and banned for ten years from holding public office because he dared to express his support for a political candidate.
He is still banned, even though ten years have passed.
Public Services International, representing public sector trade unions around the world, is protesting this ban, which is in breach of ILO conventions and Colombian law.
Please take a moment to show your support for Carlos, and demand that the Colombian government lift the ban:
And please share this message with your friends, family and fellow union members.
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This was sent to me by a Union Brother. It was written by Jesse Jackson.
Fifty-eight dead and counting; 500 sent to hospitals. The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history took place Sunday in Las Vegas, as a lone gunman firing from a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel savaged a crowd gathered to watch a country music show. It was, as one observer noted, like shooting fish in a barrel. The automatic rifle fire lasted for minutes. The shooter didn’t really have to aim; he only had to pull the trigger.
We watch scenes of the massacre on our TVs. The crowd panics and begins to run. The police run toward the shooter, even though their guns cannot reach him and their vests cannot protect them from his military ammunition. Their valor no doubt saves lives.
This is an act of domestic terrorism. The killer apparently acted alone. He had been in the hotel for four days; authorities report he had about 10 guns with him. We will learn more about him, his idiosyncrasies and motivations, as authorities probe for what led him to commit this heinous act. The shooter was a white male. His relatives express shock that he could do this.
If he had been an African-American, there would be a rush to connect this to the demonstrations for equality. If he had been an immigrant, it would have stoked our fears of the stranger. If it were a foreign terrorist, it would be an act of war. (The Islamic State didn’t hesitate to claim “credit” for the act, although authorities say there is no evidence at this point to support that claim.) Instead, the search will focus on what created the madness inherent in this act of mass murder and suicide.
In the Bible, Jesus asks, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3). Even as the authorities investigate the mental health of the killer, we need to question our own collective insanity. Why are military assault weapons not banned in the United States as they once were? Why do we accept such easy access to guns? Nevada has no gun control laws; it is an open-carry state. Rifles are part of the West’s rural culture. Las Vegas, the sin city of casinos and alcohol, might want to put limits on guns, perhaps requiring them to be checked as they once were in the towns of the old West. The state legislature, however, has prohibited any municipality from passing its own gun control laws.
No foreign power is as much a threat to us as we are to one another. There is no sanctuary. No place is safe. A Bible study class in Charleston, S.C. A movie theater in Aurora, Colo. A nightclub in Orlando, Fla. College campuses across the country.
Twenty children were shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Members of Congress have been shot. President Reagan and his aides were shot. His press secretary, James Brady, formed a group to push sensible gun control laws. But our addiction to guns continues.
After Las Vegas, we should have a national day of prayer. We need a greater wisdom to break our addiction to guns. We make more guns, sell more guns and buy more guns than any other developed country. We also lose the most lives to gun violence.
We have learned to adjust to this addiction. We accept it. When terrorists attacked the twin towers on 9/11, we did not adjust. We resented the attack and we resisted.
Yet as the toll of domestic terror keeps rising, we simply pray for the victims, shrug our shoulders and move on. The Republican candidate for the Senate in Alabama flashes a gun before a campaign rally and gets a big laugh and loud applause.
If we chose to resist the addiction, we could change. We could teach nonviolence and conflict resolution in schools. We could ban military-style assault weapons. We could allow cities to pass far more restrictive gun control measures than rural areas. We could stop peddling a glorified culture of guns and violence in our movies and television. We could make certain that mental health services were accessible and affordable. We could change the cultural morays to help define and enforce acceptable behavior.
Will this country remain addicted to guns? Will it remain impossible to end the easy access to guns? Nothing will change unless we collectively decide we are not going to adjust to this reality. It is time to resist.