|—||Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene II (via goneril-and-regan)|
All night practicing python and writing a paper.
I go out for a breath to see how many layers to wear to work
The storm comes.
|—||Beauvoir, political writings, page 122|
Kruks, page 110
right wing thought IN ANY DAY
"perception is a hallucination that is true" - bergson
"in the short foreword Beauvoir wrote for privileges, she suggests that what links all her essays together is their focus on the inevitable incoherence of the thought of the privileged. The thinkers of the privileged classes (among whom she now included Merleau-Ponty) have to engage in the dubious task of trying to justify their particular class interests in the language of the universal. Alluding to Marx’s notion (in The German Ideology) that the ruling class must represent its own interest as the common interest of all members of society, Beauvoir also observes that the thought of the privileged must of necessity mask the actual practices of their class. However, in an existential twist, she adds that the privileged thinker is therefore necessarily in "bad faith" for he is engaged in a process of active self-delusion. "
- sonia kruks, in an introduction to right wing thought today, in U of Illinois’ beauvoir anthology “political writings”, page 107.
the matter concerning the paper “a matter of laying bare the practical truths - the defense of the privileged by the privileged - whose crudity is concealed behind systems and nebulous concepts”
the grueling task of actually reading all that shit “I did it joyfully, since all of this nonsense was a sign of the ideological collapse of the privileged classes.” (Beauvoir, force of circumstance, vol 2, pg 39)
"I take too peremptory a tone in my essays, some people have told me… I don’t think so. the best way to explode a bag of hot air is not to pat it but to dig one’s nails into it." (ibid)
"Because its main task is to legitimize the privilege of the few, both in their own eyes and in those of the many, right-wing thought is essentially inconsistent. For, Beauvoir argues, the proper endpoint of thought is to seek truths that are universal, and which thus apply to all. But since right-wing ‘thought’ instead aims only at the legitimation of particular interests, it denies this endpoint and is, as such, intrinsically irrational. This explains why it may take on so many and such contradictory forms." Kruks page 108
"… Beauvoir argues that, since all right-wing thought is merely epiphenomenal, there is no point seriously engaging in argument with the thinkers of the Right. for they are not concerned with arriving at the truth, but only with obscuring it." Kruks page 109
"the division of labor … manifests itself also in the ruling class as the division of mental and material labor, so that inside this class one part appears as the thinkers of the class (its active, conceptive ideologists, who make the perfecting of the illusions of the class about itself their chief source of livelihood), while the others’ attitude to these ideas and illusions is more passive and receptive, because they are in reality the active members of this class," The German Ideology, in Robert C Tucker, ed. the marx-engels reader (new york: norton, 1978) 173.
"The bourgeoisie had believed in the harmonious development of capitalism, continual progress, and its own eternity. When it felt the need for justification, it could invoke the general interest to its own advantage - the growth of science, technology, and industries based on capital ensured abundance and happiness to future humanity. The bourgeoisie was particularly confident in its future and it felt strong. While it did not ignore "the threat posed by the workers," it had numerous weapons against that threat. "To the strength of the garrisons, we can add the omnipotence of religious hopes." wrote Chateaubriand in full seriousness.
By the beginning of the twentieth century, the situation had already quite changed. Monopolies had succeeded the system of free trade, and capitalism, thus transformed, had begun to see its own contradictions. Furthermore, “the threat posed by the workers” had become considerably worse, religious hopes had lost their omnipotence, and the proletariat had become a force capable of defeating the force of the garrisons.” (beauvoir 113/3)
"the slaveholders were the quintessential American capitalists. They were early adopters of technology, avid consumers of financial data, expert manipulators of legal arcana and aggressive speculators in everything, including not only human chattel and cotton but also unstable paper money and exotic credit arrangements. Above all, the slaveholders of the Cotton Kingdom were rapacious—and highly effective—â€¨masters of the essential capitalist process of converting labor into commodities. The whole point of plantation slavery, Johnson explains, was this chain of capitalist mutations: from “lashes into labor into bales into dollars into pounds sterling.”
“The slave-labor economy of the Mississippi Valley endowed the masters at the top of its pyramid with fabulous wealth and a profoundly exaggerated sense of their power in the world. Because the American South supplied 80 percent of the world’s cotton, the planters believed that the world economy depended on them instead of the other way around.”
"The cause is the consequence; you are rich because you are white, you are white because you are rich. This is why Marxist analysis should always be slightly stretched every time we have to do with the colonial problem" - Fanon, Wretched of the Earth, page 40.
"The bourgeois theoretician… does not ask himself "what do we believe in?" but "What can we oppose to communism?" He answers, "the affirmation of Christian and humanist values." For one who has read his books, it is evident that the above-mentioned values are the least of his concerns."
“This is a confession that the contemporary right no longer knows what it is defending. It just defends itself against communism and does so without any hope.”
(Beauvoir, pg 117/5)
“the typical bourgeois distrusts thought itself” (beauvoir pg 119/7)
“The bourgeoisie wants to convince others as well as itself that it is aiming at a universal ends in defending its specific interests. The task assigned to its “active and conceptive ideologists” is to invent a superior justice in whose name injustice will find itself justified.” (Beauvoir pg 120/8)
"the destiny under God to do this work." wikipedia, following William Earl Weeks, in diagnosing the themes and influences of manifest destiny.
"The blasphemous claim that the capitalist is only the agent of God, carries with it the further excuse that the rapine, looting and slaughter is willed by God." Daniel De Leon, editorial in the Daily People, 1900. http://www.slp.org/pdf/de_leon/eds1900/nov12_1900.pdf
12 years, 1:30:25
“as liable employment as overseein is, it is no easy chore on the spirit. I say no man of conscious can take the lash to another human day in and day out without shreddin on his own self… I gave in to tales of wealth and prosperity. such profitable outcomes are reserved for plantation masters. it’s the lot of the rest of us to serve.”
"There is a strange paradox here: because the bourgeois thinker lives in terror of prophecies, he takes great pains to deny Marxism any prophetic or even methodological value. He evades this contradiction by a catastrophic pessimism that changes necessity into accident. Socialism will triumph: however its advent will not be the outcome of a rational dialectic, but just the result of a meaningless cataclysm. This is why the Western intellectual takes pleasure in his fear and changes the Apocalypse into a song of horror. He would rather have humanity doomed to absurdity and nothingness than question himself. (Beauvoir, page 122/10)
"A man’s material reality and situation count for nothing; only his subjective reactions matter. Socialism is explained not by the force of a system of production, but by the play of wills whose motives are either ethical or affective. Economic necessity is nothing more than an abstraction - the economy, when all is said and done, is the concern of psychology. Classes in general and the proletariat in particular are defined by their state of mind." (Beauvoir, page 123/11)
“‘the active and conceptive ideologists’ who have elaborated this system put themselves in a most favorable position. The system allows them to restore to their benefit the method of authority” (beauvoir, pg 147/36).
"I go to church to save my soul," said Fox News’ Stuart Varney, who is an Episcopalian. "It’s got nothing to do with my vote. Pope Francis has linked the two. He has offered direct criticism of a specific political system. He has characterized negatively that system. I think he wants to influence my politics." http://www.wptv.com/news/world/rush-limbaugh-pope-francis-evangelii-gaudium-controversy-radio-host-calls-document-pure-marxism
"At the end of capitalism, which is eager to outlive its day, there is Hitler. At the end of formal humanism and philosophic renunciation, there is Hitler." - Cesaire
Pope Francis has linked the two. He has offered direct criticism of a specific political system. He has characterized negatively that system. I think he wants to influence my politics.
stuart varney who’s some fox news dude.
remembered this piece of violent cowardice today
hmmm, how about
"The labouring masses are always exploited and oppressed by a parasitical minority which, had it only its own resources to rely upon, could not preserve its rule for a single day, for one single hour!"
Emile Pouget, Direct Action, 1896
|—||Emile Pouget, Direct Action (via class-struggle-anarchism)|
when they plea to the good-standing of the economy,
when they plea to the sanctity of the family,
when they appeal to christianity,
meet it as a gesture of war. there is nothing but hate and violence in it.
i am very grateful to Aimé Césaire for diagnosing the inner-hitler of the colonial bourgeois, because it is something i had seen in the glint of the eye of right-wingers in this country right now.
First we must study how colonization works to decivilize the colonizer, to brutalize him in the true sense of the word, to degrade him, to awaken him to buried instincts, to covetousness, violence, race hatred, and moral relativism; and we must show that each time a head is cut off or an eye put out in Vietnam and in France they accept the fact, each time a little girl is raped and in France they accept the fact, each time a Madagascan is tortured and in France they accept the fact, civilization acquires another dead weight, a universal regression takes place, a gangrene sets in, a center of infection begins to spread; and that at the end of all these treaties that have been violated, all these lies that have been propagated, all these punitive expeditions that have been tolerated, all these prisoners who have been tied up and “interrogated, all these patriots who have been tortured, at the end of all the racial pride that has been encouraged, all the boastfulness that has been displayed, a poison has been instilled into the veins of Europe and, slowly but surely, the continent proceeds toward savagery.
I have talked a good deal about Hitler. Because he deserves it: he makes it possible to see things on a large scale and to grasp the fact that capitalist society, at its present stage, is incapable of establishing a concept of the rights of all men, just as it has proved incapable of establishing a system of individual ethics. Whether one likes it or not, at the end of the blind alley that is Europe, I mean the Europe of Adenauer, Schuman, Bidault, and a few others, there is Hitler. At the end of capitalism, which is eager to outlive its day, there is Hitler. At the end of formal humanism and philosophic renunciation, there is Hitler.
Aimé Césaire, discourse on colonialism, page 3
And then one fine day the bourgeoisie is awakened by a terrific reverse shock: the gestapos are busy, the prisons fill up, the torturers around the racks invent, refine, discuss.
People are surprised, they become indignant. They say: “How strange! But never mind-it’s Nazism, it will. pass!” And they wait, and they hope; and they hide the truth from themselves, that it is barbarism, but the supreme barbarism, the crowning barbarism that sums up all the daily barbarisms; that it is Nazism, yes, but that before they were its victims, they were its accomplices; that they tolerated that Nazism before it was inflicted on them, that they absolved it, shut their eyes to it, legitimized it, because, until then, it had been applied only to non-European peoples; that they have cultivated that Nazism, that they are responsible for it, and that before engulfing the whole of Western, Christian civilization in its reddened waters, it oozes, seeps, and trickles from every crack.
Yes, it would be worthwhile to study clinically, in detail, the steps taken by Hitler and Hitlerism and to reveal to the very distinguished, very humanistic, very Christian bourgeois of the twentieth century that without his being aware of it, he has a Hitler inside him, that Hitler inhabits him, that Hitler is his demon, that if he rails against him, he is being inconsistent and that, at bottom, what he cannot forgive Hitler for is not crime in itself, the crime against man, it is not the humiliation of man as such, it is the crime against the white man, the humiliation of the white man, and the fact that he applied to Europe colonialist procedures which until then had been reserved exclusively for the Arabs of Algeria, the coolies of India, and the blacks of Africa.
And that is the great thing I hold against pseudo-humanism: that for too long it has diminished the rights of man, that its concept of those rights has been - and still is - narrow and fragmentary, incomplete and biased and, all things considered, sordidly racist.
Aimé Césaire, discourse on colonialism, page 3