This is awesome! Just wanted to share Cosmarxpolitan
This is awesome! Just wanted to share Cosmarxpolitan
I went to this panel discussion about housing and homesteading/squatting at the New School and, whaddoyaknow, the moderator points David Harvey is sitting two seats away from me.
so i was like,
“yo, you david harvey? i read your book for my soc class last semester,”
and he was like, “word, i wrote that”
and i was like, “i dug it, it put the credit crisis into real perspective, like in a global and historical context, ya feel?”
and he was like, “yee”
and i was like, “i gotta jet, but keep the hustle”
and he was like “keep the hustle”
This didn’t really happen, but i was (unexpectedly) a little star struck. Thought the best place to rave about it was here.
Have a great week ya’ll!
Judith Butler: Dispossess
Gaza after the Bombardment of 2008–9
Wednesday 20 February, 2013
Columbia University, Avery Hall
1172 Amsterdam Avenue, Wood Auditorium
This lecture will focus on images of vacated and suspended life in Gaza after the bombardment of 2008–9 by Swedish photographer and video-maker, Kent Klich. These images of ordinary life in Gaza in the aftermath of the bombardment of 2008–9 document vacated structures and suspended lives. They constitute the visual sequel to war photography, the landscape of architectural ruins of everyday life, uninhabited and uninhabitable. Abandoned and decimated structures still give a sense of vanished ways of life, and those still alive are endlessly waiting for their lives. The temporal and spatial conditions of living on with no life, dying without death are explored through visual images that document the destruction that outlasts war—dispossession.
Let us take the case of neoconservativism: on the level of the signified this ideology offers us a field of meaning structured around the opposition between secular, egalitarian humanism and the values of family, law and order, responsibility, and self-reliance. Within this field, freedom is supposed to be menaced not only by Communism, but also by the welfare state bureaucracy, etc, etc. At the same time, however, this ideology works “between the lines,” on an unspoken level. A whole series of fantasies are in play without which we cannot explain the efficacy of neoconservatism, the fact that it can capture subjects in such a passionate way: sexist fantasies about the menace that unruly “liberated” female sexuality presents for men; the racist fantasy that the WASP is the embodiment of Man qua Man and that beneath every black, yellow, etc., there is a white American longing to emerge; the fantasy that the “other” — the enemy — endeavors to rob us of our enjoyment, that he has access to some hidden enjoyment, inaccessible to us; and so on. Neoconservativism lives on this difference, it relies on fantasies that it cannot put into words, integrate into the field of its ideological signification. The frontier that divides neoconservativism from rightist totalitarianism is trespassed precisely at the moment there is a short circuit between the field of signification and these fantasies, i.e., when fantasies directly invade the field of signification, when they are directly referred to — as, for example, in Nazism, which openly articulates (includes in the field of its ideological meaning) the whole texture of sexual and other fantasies that serve as support of anti-Semitism. Nazi ideology openly states that Jews seduce our innocent daughters, that they are capable of perverse pleasures, etc.; this ideology does not leave it up to the addressee to surmise these “facts.” Herein lies the grain of truth of the common wisdom according to which the difference between the “moderate” and “radical” right consists merely in the fact that the latter says openly what the former thinks without daring to say. Zizek, Looking Awry, 1991, pp.179-80 (note 4)
Happy Winter Solstice! and yay the world did not end yesterday! lol
I can’t believe it’s already the end of the semester!
I was thinking of bringing a box of clementines for Thursday’s final class. Would you be willing to contribute a dollar??
and wanting to feel like this:
Good Luck on Finals!!!
So ladies does anyone know if there is a specific place where I can see comments Ive made to other group blogs???? I checked in the section on wordpress that titles “comments Ive made” but not all the comments Ive made on other blogs show up. So its a hassle going from blog to blog trying remembering where I commented… blah anyways have a great weekend ladies :]
A philosophical frame of mind. Generally we strive to acquire one emotional stance, one viewpoint for all life situations and events: we usually call that being of a philosophical frame of mind. But rather than making oneself uniform, we may find greater value for the enrichment of knowledge by listening to the soft voice of different life situations; each brings its own views with it. Thus we acknowledge and share the life and nature of many by not treating ourselves like rigid, invariable, single individuals.
The Link for the article posted above deals with the ever increasing power of doctors and psychiatrists. I once took a class on Medical sociology and in it we learned a term called “medicalization” this term refers to the fact that many of the things that are considered normal within the individual are increasingly being diagnosed as problems that need medical attention. For example balding in men or as in the case of the article, labeling a women under much stress as bi-polar. There are many examples of medicalization in our daily lives but many times we fail to see them as power from the medical community being forced upon us. This is done for many reasons primarily to keep health professionals in business and to get people to buy and consume drugs for the benefit of the pharmaceutical companies. Doctors are so well respected in our society that we may sometimes feel like everything they do is for our best interests but we should stop and realize that they too desire power and as in the case of the article their poor decisions can have serious implications for the well being of their patients
Sorry to bring the conversation back to economics, but I think this is relevant to ideology, practice, and intellectuals. It is an example of how theories are useless unless they can be put in practice.
As an intellectual, Bernanke’s opinion was that the government should be aggressively proactive in helping the economy, however, as Chairman of the Fed, Bernanke is not exhausting all his resources. Why? What’s stopping him?
The article cites several reasons why there could be this incongruity: political, institutional, or personal.
What/where is his struggle with power?