from the STORM to its far range of affect

theweeklyansible:

Reposted from Fantastic Metropolis, author China Mieville lays out a list of 50 science fiction and fantasy works he feels every socialist ought to read.

Metropolis is THE sci-fi film every thoughtful socialist should watch, though its ultimate conclusion can be described as fascist.

When I became a socialist I was also studying Sociology and Philosophy academically. I experienced something that seems to be a trend…

Re gaza

di—es—-can-ic-ul-ar—es:

Lefties are so slow the criticize Hamas, and I think we’re reticent out of believing that the right will appropriate it into the “they brought this on themselves” line? Idk, but fuck Hamas and more lefties should put that out there.

The idea is to say “there is more than one value system” - while in proximity to the fact that gazans are being exterminated, Hamas may seem excusable. Consider however that regardless of the fact (that there’s currently an extermination of the people who voted them), Hamas sucks. I’m just saying look at their charter without the bias of “they’re the underdog”. They’re clearly bad people!
We always live between marana tha, that prayer for the coming of the Lord which is somehow already a shout of greeting, and maran atha, the confession that the Lord has come, a focus on the ephapax of God’s ultimate act in history. We always live, this is to say, between memory and hope, between his coming and his coming; and the present which is the threshold between these, between memory and hope, between past and future, this present is the locus of the presence of him who is at once Lord of history and its consummation. The remembrance of his passion and the recognition of his glory are integral to one another, and have been from the beginning.
Thomas Talley, “History and Eschatology in the Primitive Pascha.” (via groansofcreation)

Duh, Messiaen

Syberberg’s Parsifal-woman […] subverted […] the ideology […] according to which man is “man as such”, […] whereas woman is a man from whom something is missing […] and who resorts to masquerade in order to conceal this lack. […] It is the phallus, the phallic predicate, whose status is that of a semblance.
 Slavoj Zizek (via alterities)

Remind me to type a response… One of these days I’m reeeaaaaallly gonna teach that guy a lesson

di—es—-can-ic-ul-ar—es:

Hey!

Closet pessimist, maybe. It’s not that “I’m being real here”, it’s that I’m reading the film.Quixote can ignore pessimism in favor of their preferred narrative when it’s a pessimism of “real life”, but here that which Quixote-rewrites is ‘already’ in the movie. Ie if something is already a movie Quixote should not (have to) further denigrate it. (Already here I’m complying with the decision to split real life from movie, which already sounds like a principle-of-insufficient-Quixote). So I think lefties, socialists, and philosophers, who view Snowpiercer as “one of us” are performing this Quixote-upon-movies, so happy and foggy eyed by the end “it may have been a false revolution, but earlier I felt real working class power!”. We don’t need to Quixote movies, we need movies to Quixote! A movie itself can be a minor form of a Quixote-upon-reallife.

di—es—-can-ic-ul-ar—es:

Hey!

Closet pessimist, maybe. It’s not that “I’m being real here”, it’s that I’m reading the film.

Quixote can ignore pessimism in favor of their preferred narrative when it’s a pessimism of “real life”, but here that which Quixote-rewrites is ‘already’ in the movie. Ie if something is already a movie Quixote should not (have to) further denigrate it. (Already here I’m complying with the decision to split real life from movie, which already sounds like a principle-of-insufficient-Quixote). So I think lefties, socialists, and philosophers, who view Snowpiercer as “one of us” are performing this Quixote-upon-movies, so happy and foggy eyed by the end “it may have been a false revolution, but earlier I felt real working class power!”. We don’t need to Quixote movies, we need movies to Quixote! A movie itself can be a minor form of a Quixote-upon-reallife.

Hey!

Hey!

So when you consider time, disease, medicinal or hydrational resources, as of tonight electricity, etc, Gazans are really being exterminated. No one has really used that word, but by definition it’s more accurate than any other choice you’d see floating around.

What was? My response? Or the movie?

What was? My response? Or the movie?

Re gaza

Lefties are so slow the criticize Hamas, and I think we’re reticent out of believing that the right will appropriate it into the “they brought this on themselves” line? Idk, but fuck Hamas and more lefties should put that out there.

Spoilers but not actually describing things from inside the movie

Ok so snowpiercer was better than I expected. I went in there obligated to complain about political cinephilia like someone who actually watches the movies they’re complaining about.

It’s not like I’m happy or impressed, but it was interesting.

Honestly my big point is that all these lefties and philosophers were like “mm class struggle” but this movie is rightist!! The point of the film your choice between Natural Order QUA Civilization or a bajillion to one chance of survival against nature. The rebuild at the end is primitivist at best. Or we’re dead [nihilism contra primitivism].

I’m just like, how can a lefty be an optimist when a puppeteer’d antichrist revolution is baffled at the notion of anormalizing a natural order?

it’s a great film for pessimists but it’s not some model id like to attract attention to. “Socialists shouldn’t put up with half-assed imitations of popular genres, nor with political messages denuded of anything but the lowest common denominator.” - from peter frase’s review. Frase who loved the film.
The object of art – like every other product – creates a public which is sensitive to art and enjoys beauty. Production thus not only creates an object for the subject, but also a subject for the object. Thus production produces consumption (1) by creating the material for it; (2) by determining the manner of consumption; and (3) by creating the products, initially posited by it as objects, in the form of a need felt by the consumer.
Marx, Grundrisse  (via mobarezan)

Stop reading over my shoulder I swear to fucking god.

It’s page 92 everyone.

Saw snowpiercer
Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
Albert Einstein  (via becoming-vverevvolf)
Ethics, applied to history, is the doctrine of revolution[;] applied to the state, the doctrine of anarchy.
Walter Benjamin (via spiritandteeth)

WB strikes again

Jesus: Make sure nobody is poor
Everyone:
Jesus:
Everyone: So like industrial capitalism?