Archive for September, 2008

Restructuring Inner-City Schools for the Global Marketplace: Locke High School and the Green Dot "Solution"

September 28, 2008

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Quote from Margaret Kimberley

September 19, 2008

From Black Agenda Report:

“The Israelis at the airport acted like Jim Crow segregationists of old, never forsaking an opportunity to publicly humiliate black people. Israel does function as America did in its own apartheid era. It does so with impunity, comfortable in the knowledge that no one who speaks the truth about that government will ever be powerful enough to take action against it.”

Markets slammed by Lehman collapse

September 16, 2008

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The Three Trillion Dollar War

September 16, 2008

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Gareth Porter on US state warfare in Pakistan

September 13, 2008

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Nietzsche is dead

September 12, 2008

Nietzsche has serious flaws. One is that he is abusive – he’s an intellectual bully which killed his morality and led to him being (rightfully) claimed by the full spectrum of ideologies, including Nazism. Probably the most serious flaw in his philosophy is that it’s entirely personalized – he focuses on psychology, linguistics, and psychohistory. The complete absence of any structural analysis (analysis of the state, for example) meant he ultimately is just writing bourgeois and pro-status quo nonsense. Nietzsche is the last of the individualists – no meaningful philosophy can possibly be derived in modern times absent structural analysis.

Nietzsche is utterly naive, and believes in the triumph or failure of the individual will. He offers a romantic vision for the Libertarian Right, those people who have no attachment to reality.

Orwell killed Nietzsche not only because of his profound understanding of the meaninglessness of the individual but because of his destruction of Nietzsche’s romanticization of schizophrenia. For Nietzsche, schizophrenia was a sign of strength, of the individual fighting himself (after all, what does not kill me only makes me stronger). For Orwell, schizophrenia was a sign of weakness, a fundamental break from access to objective reality (Nietzsche denies objective reality) and a kind of self-serving departure from the world.

Nietzsche is not only himself immature but he has left a devastated world in his wake – a world where adults have the minds and aspirations of children, a world of “parallel worlds”, “inner worlds”, and “trips to the other side”, a world where debate is impossible because culture no longer believes in the objective reality that makes debate meaningful. “To each his own”, “you believe what you want to and I’ll beileve what I want to” are derived from Nietzsche.

Nietzsche is a terrible error, and the world may never recover. If it does it will find other philosophers, other ways to follow.

Nietzsche is dead.

9/11 and the Great American Decline

September 11, 2008

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RFID: "Smart Cards" in a Surveillance Society

September 9, 2008

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P-MAS in Paraguay: Young Socialists Build a New Party from the Ground Up

September 9, 2008

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US tries to create an ‘iron curtain’ around Russia

September 5, 2008

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Arrested at the RNC – Amy Goodman talks about being detained at the RNC

September 5, 2008

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Promoting Polyarchy and Planet of Slums

September 4, 2008

Both great books.