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alkan is my master
18 June 2014 @ 05:15 pm
If you try to build an ethos solely out of the Non-Aggression Principle, you will fail - certainly any kind of inspiring ethos. Liberty in the negative sense is the sustained/sustainable absence of coercion; liberty in the positive sense is everything you do in the absence of coercion. You could be lying in awful pain without coercion or in a totally vacuous if healthy life. So the positive side of the equation needs filling. For those folks who get a lot out of prosocial actions, it's appropriate to have a prosocial ethos. For those who are more structural - go structure! For those who simply like negative liberty, well, it's a minority view. Not everyone in the world is going to wake up and suddenly go NAP. Not even if you call them sheeple.
alkan is my master
28 May 2014 @ 05:46 pm
The government-schools problem is not a teacher problem or even a union problem or even a parent problem *fundamentally* - they are a culturally-derived problem. Our present values structure(s) don't support postponed gratification - and the immediate gratification of postponed gratification! The result is a collapsing circumferential area around the ego or self, such that it draws into a point, a singularity, which is empty, needy, and wants to draw all things into it.

"Brave New World" catches the future far better than "1984." In my lingo, "Brave New World"'s horizontality trumps "1984"'s verticality. At least the boot stamping the face forever was motivated by something! Levin's "This Perfect Day" is a synthesis of the two into diagonality.
alkan is my master
11 November 2013 @ 05:48 pm
I'm seeing a huge increase in what I call "embedded interpretation," in which a complex, biased, or mercenary interpretation of what the enemy/celebrity/whomever said is screamed in a headline, and then when you dig into the facts of the case there is at best a family resemblance to what the headline yells. The world is rarely so simple and sensately convenient for the enemy to damn themselves in simple words requiring no interpretation. Even Hitler claimed he was acting for the health of his people.
alkan is my master
29 October 2013 @ 02:06 pm
It's not from primness or disgust at the human body. Just the opposite. I see this all as a continuing pattern of decadence: a progressive trip down the road of maximum shock or transgression value. The essential problem I have with it is the same that Nietzsche and D.H. Lawrence identified: that it leads to a dead end. If all excitement is focused on transgression, what is left after X is transgressed? X+1, X_2 ... where does it end? That's my problem. Also the highly contrived, conceptual quality of Gaga rubs me wrong. We're too in our heads and repressed from our emotions as it is. We're profoundly neurotic as well as decadent.
alkan is my master
24 October 2013 @ 01:38 pm
He obeyed, she disobeyed - together. they brought us Dickins:

The maid we all owe much to: Emily Dickinson stored her finished poems in her maid's trunk.[8] The poet apparently instructed Margaret to burn these poems after her death but Margaret later refused.[9] It was Margaret Maher “whom Emily Dickinson judged capable of the disobedience necessary to bring her work to the world. Maher did not disappoint. Her act of insubordination worked the miracle for which posterity is in debt, turning the private genius of her mistress’s poetry into a universal legacy.”[10] - The daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson, disliked and discarded by her family, was saved by Margaret Maher. She made it available to Roberts Brothers publishers for the first book of her poems which appeared in November 1890.[11] -

Gradually, Higginson became Dickinson's mentor and "preceptor," though he almost felt out of Dickinson's league. "The bee himself did not evade the schoolboy more than she evaded me," he wrote, "and even at this day I still stand somewhat bewildered, like the boy." ("Emily Dickinson's Letters," Atlantic Monthly, October 1891) After Dickinson died, Higginson collaborated with Mabel Loomis Todd in publishing volumes of her poetry – heavily edited in favor of conventional punctuation, diction, and rhyme. In White Heat (Knopf, 2008), an account of Higginson's friendship with Dickinson, author Brenda Wineapple credits Higginson with more editorial sensitivity than literary historians have assumed. Higginson's intellectual prominence helped gain favor for Dickinson's altered but still startling and strange poetry. -

Seemed to target smart people. -

Interesting pattern: Internal rhyme schemes were extremely common in popular song of the Swing Era. -

Rhyme seems to be trans-cultural. -
alkan is my master
20 October 2013 @ 02:36 pm
We live in Grievance-Entitlement Nation now. All reasoning is turned toward extracting the maximum from others, preferably via grievance lawsuits. Unanswered is the question is if this is sustainable economically, socially, morally, spiritually, or psychologically. Consider: would an economy work if everyone sued everyone else? Depended on all others for entitled support? Yet that is where we are headed. Irony: welfare entitlement economies depend on "the rich" like no other system.
alkan is my master
20 October 2013 @ 10:52 am
We're getting closer to looking at the levels (and structures) of liveliness, or affect-responsiveness/initiating energy, in cultures, and the structures they fall into, in understanding politics. If we don't try to understand *activation* we will never get anywhere. -
alkan is my master
24 September 2013 @ 06:20 pm
The person who proclaims to you that you have all the power and they are the victim - has all the power. Victimized and powerless people don't declare things, and they don't declare that.
alkan is my master
15 September 2013 @ 01:58 pm
This very minute, 15 years ago, Beth died. All memory and love to you, dear one - forever. -
alkan is my master
Coke can's biggest adventure ever!

The one and only original video: a coke can goes on its biggest adventure ever in a sink! Stick around for the dishwasher flooding up at 1:50 and the can goes sailing away .. and then - the magic reverse! :o No SFX, no manipulation, no processing. Captured live and accidental.