The Academic Meaning of White Genocide

You might have wondered how in the world a professor at an American university can even sarcastically tweet “All I want for Christmas is white genocide” and still keep his job. It boggles the mind, till you realize that “white genocide” has a special meaning within academia. Within this context, “white” does not indicate a…

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Lots of people blame the Russians, misogyny, James Comey, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein. Apparently, this is all God’s fault. There’s one particularly interesting part in this generally horrifying video. One part that’s interesting in an unusual way. Most of it’s interesting in a “holy fuck but American evangelicals are crazy” way. At one point,…

Prophets of DOOM!!!

The Bitter Pill #7 Kelly Kenoyer’s list of some of the “myriad reasons” for impeaching Trump does a good job of demonstrating how lacking the EW’s case for impeachment is in the sort of substance that might serve as common ground across ideological lines. “Our Institutions Won’t Save Us,” as Baynard Woods’ article in the…

There’s One Privilege I Won’t Give Back

Until people understand that Evil is not eradicable – not simply because it’s so bad, but because it’s a necessary part of existence – no form of mass justice will ever avoid being consumed by its unacknowledged, projected, shadow. Irony rules history, because all values exist necessarily in tension with their opposites. Denial won’t help….

The Problem with ‘White Male Fragility’

What follows is a comment I wrote to a Facebook thread but did not post. This particular thread involved a number of mothers of white boys defending their use of the term “white male fragility” to another mother who objected to the way the term implicitly undermined the legitimacy of any white male’s sensitivity. Labeling…

My Version of Feminism

In my version of Feminism – and no offense, but I’m using my privilege to declare my own – I value the Feminine most highly. I honor Women’s Work. I’m also fine with anyone doing whatever they will. My version of Feminism isn’t a proscription for everyone, or anyone, else. It’s a personal statement of…

Perhaps This is the Only Freedom Possible

Bleak Poetry Corner #1 Free to roam the endless digital highways in search of some momentary amusement or radical cause Free to watch the stars shine and feed our faces with our faces. The frontier is long gone The buffalo herds but a memory of a memory of a memory of a memory You might…

The Game Players of Manhattan

Still waiting for any of the usual defenders to pop up and defend the idea that over two decades Hillary truly had no idea that her friend and benefactor Harvey Weinstein made a habit of sexually assaulting women in his employ. Waiting in vain, no doubt, as the best approach here is just to let…

So Here’s What I Think

an ongoing series by Yours T Ruly Movies are going to shit because they are more beholden than ever to an official morality. Every story, for reason of some abominable fusion of ethics and capitalism, must illustrate the superiority of this morality. It reminds me of a line from Roger Water’s song, It’s a Miracle:…

Deep Thoughts on Tyranny #1

as received by Yours T Ruly Everyone is ultimately a prisoner to themselves. Thus, no people or persons can ever be truly freed. This is not to say that external bondage does not exist, but only that we are all bound by reality, and further bound within reality by ourselves. There was a leader in…

Living in the Shadow of Luxury #1

I’ve had intense dreams my first two nights sleeping in my new, used, RV. I don’t remember anything except little flashes of a feeling of revelation. It seems some deep transformation of understanding is imminent and immanent. I know many or most of you take a cast iron pan for granted, but buying one felt…

The Centre Will Not Hold

“So essentially what we can get out of this is we butchered our plan to sort of have a response for the national anthem and respect everyone’s opinions.” -Alejandro Vllanueava I’m sharing this as evidence in support of the proposition that “the center will not hold.” This proposition is taken from the start of Yeat’s…

The Problem with Targeting Nazis, in a Nutshell

What could be wrong with ‘targeting’ Nazis for abuse? In a nutshell, Godwin’s Law, IRL. For those of you unfamiliar with Godwin’s Law, who don’t want to click on the link, it’s this: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” I suggest this is particularly true online…

The Fascist in the Mirror

The comparison of fascists and anti-fascists is entirely apt and completely in line with both the historical record and authoritarian intention. There are, of course, well-meaning dopes who don’t really know the game; but those with any sophistication know that the aim of violence is not simply to stop a fascist take-over, but to drive…

Between Antifa and Evergreen

Think Antifa is defending an open society? Think again. Interesting to note that I feel absolutely no reservation about posting anything against neo-Nazis, or the KKK, or Trump. Nothing could be easier. To call out Antifa and the intolerance on Left, however, always gives me pause, because I know it opens me to becoming a…

Make Music, Not War

Had a great time playing outside 16 Tons last night with Zac. It is such a pleasure to play with a soloist, especially an exceptionally skilled and musical one, because it allows me to switch between leading and supporting, and in so doing to enter more fully into the experience of the music and the…

The Meaning of Money

Our world is such that the meaning of money is extremely hard to pin down. Perhaps it is elusive in the best of times, but at present it’s bewildering to the heart and mind, and stomach. In particular, I’m thinking about kickstarter and patreon, drawn to the contemplation by my struggles as an artist. I’ve…

Another Brick in the Wall

I am driven to wonder how much of this whole issue of The Wall is even real. As far as Trump is concerned, it was just a rhetorical device, red meat for the crowds… and Mexico is gonna pay for it! It was, in short, a con job from the start – only a fraction…

Twisting Along the Way

Hi [Redacted], I felt badly the other day engaging you publicly about the trick to doing what you love, as I know that’s your business. Not too terribly guilty, because in taking that on as a business you of necessity open yourself to such responses. In fact, I think they’re necessary. But the kind of…

A Man, All in All

Clicked on this video to hear what Hedges had to say, but it starts off with the head of the Souther Poverty Law Center. I’ve cued the video to just before the moment he declares that Benjamin Franklin was a member of the Radical Right. Yup. Benjamin Franklin. I don’t think we need to counter…

Shades of Blue and Gray

Here’s an interesting article on the tangled family history of slave and slaveholder, which nonetheless veers into a sort of certainty that I find historically and rationally untenable: The president has asked, “Where will it end?” Will the removal of General Lees lead to upheaval for Thomas Jefferson? Trigger the end for George Washington? I…

The Hall of Mirrors

“There is always in the adventure great danger of what is known to psychology as ‘inflation,’ which is what overtakes the psychotic. He identifies himself either with the visionary object or with its witness, the visionary subject. The trick must be to become aware of it without becoming lost in it: to understand that we…

Socialism’s Shadow

Given a choice between Hitler and Stalin, I choose FDR. Moral crusades tend to grow inherently unscientific; even those nominally based on a rejection of religion. This, because the ethical usage of words supersedes the technical or literal usage. This confusion of ethical and literal further demands that the literal be erased. This is what…

You Say You Want A Revolution

A letter written to the Eugene Weekly in response to their report titled Setting Terms After Charlottesville What does Naomi Strawser suggest we do with the “known neo-Nazis [living] comfortably within our boundaries”? Seize their property by eminent domain? Criminalize their thought and speech so we can lock them up? Hound them into fleeing? Form…

The Literary Life #1

(fascinating reflections on a life spent reflecting) Having a new appreciation for the phrase: damned if you do, damned if you don’t, as regards our current political climate, which in turn serves as an instance of the beginning and end of human civilization. In short, I am convinced by the traditional view of the human…

From Narcissus to the Heroic State

So here’s a funny thing: The mantra of our age, the sentiment that is both liberational creed and the essential marketing sentiment for every product, is some version of “be yourself”. Hence our culture’s secret admiration of the Narcissistic Psychopath. That Dude is Killing It. But how do you know if the self your being…

Another Week, Another Weekly

Unlike my friend David, who used to study film, but now finds it beneath contempt, my appetite for the medium remains undiminished. Well, not exactly. I’m not so interested in films, per se, but in the whole act of dramatic representation. Consequently, I’m particularly interested in movie reviews. I’m of the old school, what Hamlet…

The Revolt Against Beauty

I’ve saved lots of images I’ll never look at again, but there’s one I didn’t save that I wish I had. This image was a photograph of graffiti spray-painted onto the wall of some crumbling and dilapidated building. The reason I wish I’d saved it is so I could recall the exact wording, which not…

Pulling a Bannon

Well, it’s August again. Which means I’m starting on another album. Truth is, I have what seems to me a great wealth of creative inspirations, and a corresponding dearth of financial resources. It is, as with most things, a chicken and egg problem. And I think it was Chris Chandler who finally cracked the case:…

I Think Bob Dylan Was With Hydra

To my mind, this is a perfect love song. Couldn’t find Dylan’s original, so Jeff Buckley will have to suffice. There are a million covers, but I believe Buckley knew the heart of it. This is the sort of love song that’s quite seemly in a young man, though it ages strangely, as perhaps we…

FILM SCHOOL AND A HEALTHY DOSE OF IDIOCY

WARNING: Title might not accurately indicate content. I’m rewatching The Matrix, for laughs. Best one so far: Humans scorched the sky because the machines were dependent on solar energy. This takes destroying the village to save it to another level, and then again to the level above that. It’s not only destroying the village you…

The Best of the Worst

Reading the EW’s “Socializing with Socialists” article from last week, it struck me that the problem with being anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-capitalist, and all similar things is that the negation of hierarchy does not in itself solve the problem of hierarchy. Hierarchy, in short, reasserts itself, covertly at first, and then again in the fresh bloom…

The Purpose of Players

I confess that Rick Levin’s feature article on the OSF prompted me to look up lumpenproletariat. Having done so, I’m pretty sure he misapplied the term. While Wikipedia is hardly an infallible source, the definition given there seems well-founded: “a term … originally coined by Marx to describe the layer of the working class that…

I Dream of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

Dreamed of informing a young friend of the essential message of the Beatles while sitting in a restaurant. A man listening from the next table turned, and in a skeptical tone of voice, asked me to repeat my central assertion. “The essential message of the Beatles,” I repeated, “was the ultimate insufficiency of the material…

Three Dreams

March 31, 2014 Dreamed of a brilliant idea for a television show that would feature me playing games of basketball against teams of kindergarten students. Somehow this all seemed funny, especially because i’d conceived of the perfect name for the show. Waking in the middle of the night with this name in my head, after…

The Perils of Illuminism

Back in the days of Socrates, in the mind of Socrates, their lived what we might call a keen but highly dangerous and unpopular idea that people weren’t fit to govern themselves. More, and it seems strange, this lack of fitness relative to self-government was exactly paralleled by a mysterious prohibition Socrates had picked up…

Repeal & Replace the Articles of Confederation

Had a dream in which I realized I was not about to receive a great deal of money. I was walking in a building, heading for a bathroom, I think, when it struck me that I had been living inside an illusory notion that a million dollars was headed my way. As you might imagine,…

The Eugene Weekly Takes on Fake News

THE BITTER PILL #5 A fight to the death of journalism. I’m not at all surprised that Camilla Mortensen’s fake news buyer’s guide was a hodgepodge of vaguely related ideas and platitudes. On the other hand, the hectoring tone of her opening did come as a shock. Rather than a photo of NPR’s Elizabeth Jensen,…

A Sort of Blueprint

Megan Burbank’s note to readers suggests to me a sort of blueprint, though I’m having trouble quite summing up what for. This mysterious something is more than a meme but less than a manifesto. Perhaps I can awkwardly describe it as a Platform for Political Action, though that’s not really quite it. Anyway, maybe I…

Great Achievements in Social Engineering #1

Rand Paul Is Right: NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants – Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept The transformation of opinion on ‘the Left’ as regards the National Security State over the past 15 years has been striking, if slow to unfold. Back when Bush was King, the revelation of warrantless wiretaps – which was just…

Just Another Day in the Age of Universal Deceit

This picture does a nice job summing up everything that’s wrong with people on the Internet. Well, ok, it doesn’t do all that. It does, though, demonstrate how complete and casual the disregard for truth is in the construction of clickbait. It’s not merely that this picture never happened, that there never was a tour…

Very Much Like a Newspaper

The Bitter Pill #4 I have to hand it to the Weekly: it looks just like a newspaper. They seem to have gotten a firm handle on the whole matter of arranging words according to the familiar pattern of Headline, Sub-Heading and body text. The illusion suckers me in most every time. Even though I’ve…

Wound Consciousness and the Flower of Enlightenment

I am approaching an idea about wound/wounded consciousness. In part, the dampening of awareness that serves as an anesthetic brings as a corresponding cost a loss of those cognitive skills that have the potential to transform, and even transmute, the experience. Reducing something to a dull ache numbs the pain, but at a cost of…

Errors in StereoScopic Thinking

HAMLET For anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure. Now…

Bounded in a Nutshell

Tom Perez elected DNC Chair Completely predictable outcome for a party gearing up to avoid any real change. The Dems will keep playing on the strength of Trump’s hideousness, while ignoring the populist revolt against the regime of financial, legal and industrial globalization that is sweeping the Western world. I was quite wrong in thinking…

Thou Shalt Not Ghost The Ghost

There are deeper parts to why this professor bugged the shit out of me, as we used to say. His final invocation of Hamlet was icing on the cake of my outrage, the pyramidion completing my pyramid of dissatisfaction. It was perfect, and I haven’t really spelled out the perfection. I want to connect his…

Hamlet and the Historical Sense

This essay came out of a futile Facebook exchange. I’m making a practice lately of not letting my interlocutors define what I think about… which is tricky, because I am always more animated by dialogue, and argument, than by just thinking of things on my own. Blending energy and clarity is tricky… perhaps even the…

I’m Psychedelically Gifted

In my dream this morning someone had invented a drug for marketing purposes that allowed the user to create realities for their audience to inhabit. It was more than virtual reality in that those dosed with the drug passionately leapt into these ideational spaces, completely enamored of the premises and their identities within them. I…

Don Kahle, Man of the Future

Whenever the stresses of the real world start to get me down, I feel comforted by the certain knowledge that Friday’s RG will provide another of Don Kahle’s inspiring flights outside the box of common sense. Whether he’s sucking up to a local official, implicitly identifying himself with the cultural elite, or just drawing an…

Pious Hypocrisy and the Lesser of Two Evils

You will all have noticed that your political opponents have no concern for truth. Or rather, they only have concern for and allegiance to truth when such truth is inconvenient for you. Have you noticed, though, that your side is essentially the same in this regard? This isn’t about whether your values or theirs are…

Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

It’s fashionable to admire, in the abstract, the iconoclasts, the rebels, the kids in high school fighting to keep their minds alive in the face of a system designed, consciously or not, to reduce them to mental servitude. As that Apple ad made plain some years ago, these figures are the idols of our age….

Golden Showers For Everyone

It’s been interesting to watch Chris Hedges’ path from the heart of intellectual and moral dissent under the Bush Administration to the political Siberia of RT. This path saw him first fired from the NYTimes for expressing opposition to the invasion of Iraq too far in front of the curve, to his current exile beyond…

Birthering Trump

I’ll give you this: the birther campaign to delegitimize Trump is vastly more sophisticated than the birther campaign Trump came to lead. It is, in any case, worth noting the parallel themes, as this is apparently the new norm of American politics. One group elects a president and the other group declares this person illegitimate…

The Art of Noise

Beyond Greenwald being highly cogent as usual, the BBC interviewer demonstrates the propagandistic bent of most media presenters. The essential skill of these presenters lies in distorting information in real time, to serve to an implied structure of authority. Propaganda is natural to the human mentality. It’s not, then, that media presenters and organizations are…