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Interests: anarchism, puritanism, destruction of the existing putrid social order
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just showed this video to my 'anarchist theory' class. I might call the position 'anarcho-statism.' He envisions a full-scale liberal welfare state, a wild expansion of it, in fact. He wants "a bigger cage' until we break free of all... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at cheese it, the cops!
launching on a series of vids on entanglements: a system of philosophy. the first two are more or less intro. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at cheese it, the cops!
splice today column this week is a longer tribute to the j. geils band, including 20-song list. (here is the frigging 50-cut version.) Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
suiseki 'view of fuji,' collected in latimore township pa. (unaltered natural stone) hokusai Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
This thing on my face? It's my mouth. That one on yours is yours. I'm in charge of this one; you're in charge of that one. I know you'd like to jam your arm up my ass and operate my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
J. Geils is gone. When I tell people that the J. Geils band was my favorite rock act of the '70s, they are somewhat puzzled. And every obit describes them as the band who did 'Centerfold,' indeed their biggest hit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
It's true! The Beatles got whytheysucked. And remember to keep track of the whole roster. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
spliced today, discussing the obvious fact that the american government is controlled by intel agencies. also tweeting all around it. you're wrong if you think the trump 'wiretap' stuff is an irrelevant smokescreen of jive. tonight's development: it does seem... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
me in splicetoday, on the dana schutz controversy: confronting emmett till at the whitney biennial. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
true, i'm in the wall street journal today, talking about 'linguistic constructivism' and campus speech repression. here is a much longer 'academic' paper on the same topic here's my memoir of richard rorty Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
My column for splicetoday this week is a tribute to the great James Cotton and a brief history of amplified blues harp. Includes a playlist of amazing harmonica instrumentals. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
Me in the Millions on Emerson and Poe: opposites, enemies, complements. edgar allan poe, philosopher Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
i could be convinced to email someone a pdf.
one of the best country artists working now is sunny sweeney. the new album, trophy, is her best, i think, though her first album was particularly great. i think if you like miranda lambert, ashley monroe, kacey musgraves, brandy clark... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
on splicetoday and on twitter i've been arguing that trump may well have a point that he's been under surveillance. perhaps he went for those accusations of wiretapping after the intel people let him see that they have his communications.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
It's out: the big old magnum opus. My first system of philosophy might have been high school. It was so wrong, though. i'm apologizing for the $95 price tag. try inter-library loan? or there will be a cheaper paper later... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
privileged readers of this blog will be familiar with this week's splicetoday riff on offensive numbers. god i hate them. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
This was in the LATimes circa 2003, also did some kind of bit on it on NPR. By Crispin Sartwell The other day my fifteen-year-old son needed to complete a homework assignment at the very last minute for his Spanish... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
is my hobby. The Art of Living: Aesthetics of the Ordinary in World Spiritual Traditions (SUNY 1995) I was fairly early on the idea of 'aesthetics of the everyday,' working from Dewey. Trying to go multi-cultural and Taoist/Buddhist, etc. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
my splice column this week is a profound innovation in the op-ed form: a list of lists. this is not who we are as americans! or is it? the only way to know for sure is to do the hard... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
I'm going to try briefly to intervene in a debate between Daniel Dennett and Thomas Nagel on consciousness, spurred by Nagel's review of Dennett's From Bacteria to Bach and Back in the March 9 New York Review of Books. Dennett... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
i'm in splicetoday this week with my peace anarchist schtick. when you're at the point where the anarchists are demanding speech repression, you really have run out of liberatory options. it's been months since i've seen a human being with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
chace, it's not that speaking or praying or encouraging or ridiculing does not have effects in the world. but the world is not made from words, and you can't change the world merely by redescribing it. talking or writing are not acts of violence, etc. what would be useful would be a realistic assessment of what words are and what effects they can actually have under what circumstances. for example, if a parent constantly attacks a child or withdraws love from early, that has psychological effects. but it is not just words. and that is not like the case where you read something you don't like in the newspaper or something, or where a comedian is appearing across campus. and then, there are the effects of the repression itself, which i hold are disastrous. and like i say, the mechanisms of speech repression people institute can be turned against them when the mood changes. then we'll be ostracizing people or silencing them for criticizing the war effort, or the new mass incarceration program. let trump conclude that what you say when you say anti-racist or anti-homophobic things makes you an enemy of the people.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on but talk is cheap at cheese it, the cops!