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crispy
Interests: anarchism, puritanism, destruction of the existing putrid social order
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wsj: Nothing the Russians or anyone else can do on social media can in itself delegitimize any election. pdf splicetoday: Male Aging Memoir, Short Version "Spying' is not the wrong word. But even if it was...(investigate the investigation) Resounding: The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
Oh man, thanks y'all. Yeah maybe I'm in a bit of a dip. I will come out of it! Or at least grind through it.
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My monographs or single-author books in reverse temporal order (sorry about the Amazonishness; if you object, I see why). Entanglements: A System of Philosophy (SUNY) How to Escape: Magic, Madness, Beauty, and Cynicism (SUNY) Political Aesthetics (Cornell) Against the State:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
apologizing for whiteness is not the worst idea resounding: the bellamy brothers (first of a series, reaching back and re-appreciating) mass shootings as a kind of nihilism (perhaps ideology and, like, social media, are not the problem) go ahead and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
The Oscars and the Illusion of Perfect Representation I've spent much of my career on this question of the various relations of representations and reality. It was the topic of my dissertation, which was an attack on the claim that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
[my pre-emptive apology for all this] more on the gettysburg trustee situation and the sense of community that we have on campus these days. Yes, I am absorbing slightly-veiled and not-at-all-veiled accusations of anti-semitism in the email, etc. Can I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
I do see signs that physics is coming to its senses, or sort of trying to scrutinize its own Hegelian Idealism critically. It doesn't really have the tools, though. Man it's been a long sad tale of bald logical contradictions... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
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Me in the WSJ on the "resignation" of a trustee of Gettysburg College due to a yearbook pic of him at a Hogan's Heroes costume party at the college in 1980. What it's like on campus: everyone is surreptitiously watching... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
Self-Reliance, Servility, and Mental Health By Crispin Sartwell Ralph Waldo Emerson's incandescent essay "Self-Reliance" of 1841 has long been regarded as a fundamental statement of American values, a manifesto picking up where the Declaration of Independence left off. Perhaps you've... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
Dan Kaufman and I talk about the nature of truth as understood in philosophy and then about the nature of philosophy, among other matters, on his Sophia show on meaningoflife.tv. I like the way he frames it: from very similar... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
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Gloss on the latest WSJ piece, on Ralph Waldo Emerson and the American Psychological Association, in a contest for the very soul of America. The APA has already decisively won the contest for the very prose style of America, in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
One of the most disturbing contemporary media zones is the Washington Post opinion page. It is just very very close to the "intelligence community," as Jeff Bezos is building the information infrastructure for American intelligence agencies; the initial contract seems... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
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ICE ran fake university in Michigan. The claim that 'no one is above the law' can't endure a moment's honest scrutiny. It is impossible not to exempt the authorities from the laws they enforce. Here, it's laws against fraud. If... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
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They Both Did Fine Crispin Sartwell There was no physical altercation. Each of them, the young man and the old, exercised his right to be there and express his political and religious beliefs peacefully. Nicholas Sandmann and Nathan Phillips both... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
splicetoday: Fukuyama described the fictional end of a fictional history. This one is real. (also a quick precis of my political orientation) wsj: Who do you want controlling your internet, Mark Zuckerberg or Xi Jinping? (or here) splice: copyright is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at cheese it, the cops!
Some of my writing this year, especially for splicetoday: Music: on my stereo and in my head, a lot of the year was occupied by classic gospel, say 1940-80; gospel music as women's liberation, 80th birthday tribute to the great... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
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important theories of history that broke too late to make the piece. The loop spiral is an attempt, for one thing, to get rid of the still-whiggish simple loop structure, which presses forward even as it turns back. The loop... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
NYTimes: How Would You Draw History? SpliceToday: How Much Distance? Why They Suck: Richard Serra, Tear Down This Wall (and the why they suck hall of fame) Fuck Me, I'm Going to Vote Democrat Tomorrow America, There is Hope (for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
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Everyone on television appears to want to be consoled and inspired by the same people who coerce them. Not that I'm diagnosing, of course, but I think of anyone who is begging for a president to care for them, or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
splicetoday: okay. for real. i'll shut up now. (on old men and #metoo) stoner country (new riders of the purple sage, asleep at the wheel, grateful dead, commander cody) apocalypse in the theatrocracry the fight for the soul of america... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
Crispin Sartwell James C. Scott AGAINST THE GRAIN A deep history of the earliest states 312 pp. Yale University Press James C. Scott, whose work straddles many disciplines, including sociology, political philosophy, agrarian studies, economics, linguistics, anthropology, aesthetics, and historiography,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
wsj: george lakoff and the pseudo-science of neuropropaganda* splice: we're all the same damn thing how to be original (for real) two (or three) kinds of honesty Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
Self-Esteem and Bauxite By Crispin Sartwell Political and economic realism - the sort associated with figures such as Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith, and even Karl Marx - was once common wisdom. Realism of this sort holds that, whatever their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
Politics and Geography By Crispin Sartwell There’s recently been a revival of an argument that goes back to the 18th century: that the form of government prescribed by the Constitution gives more representation to rural than to urban people, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
An Apology to the American People Keep your hands off my . . . gender The Roth Obituaries: a Tribute Why I am an Anti-Authoritarian Original Sin, You've Got Yourself a Case Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!