We Say YES

Joseph Campbell used to tell a story, about how he had met some famous Yogi, a Guru, in India, when he was a young man. He got an audience with the Guru, and as is customary, arrived with the deepest question brought to him by exposure to the Vedic tradition. If, Campbell asked, all of…

Back to the Hall of Mirrors

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on Facebook about how, if the Mueller probe didn’t produce an indictment to validate the long-standing belief among the #Resistance that Trump was a puppet of Putin, the whole thing would prove a disaster for said #Resistance. A friend of mine commented that even if Trump were…

Dangerous Humor

To Whom it May Concern: I must object to your savage parody of self-absorbed feminists, appearing in the March 7 edition and titled “These Are Our Demands.” Granted, it was hilarious at times, and pitch-perfect throughout. Still, it does damage to the legitimacy of serious issues, like guns and domestic violence, by grouping them in…

Rise of the Russian Bots

Russian bots are so devious!!! Not only did they hack the Clinton campaign emails, and – by means of their cutout, “Wikileaks” – expose us to ugly, deceptive, truth. Now they’re making memes that expose our impolitic hidden desires! This, after all, is the heart of the #Russiagate narrative that has been established in fact….

The King’s Business

Here’s one for all you Oxfordians out there: Consider this bit from the Richard Wilhelm translation of Confucius’ commentary on the moving lines of I Ching: Six in the third place means: The third SIX, divided, shows its subject keeping in the old place assigned for his support, and firmly correct. Perilous as the position…

The Red Menace

Terrifying Enemies and Opiates of the Masses To start, consider the link between anxiety and addiction. In short: an addiction is a means of controlling anxiety. The addict reaches for the needle, of whatever sort, in response to awareness of powerlessness relative to some internal or external circumstance. The alteration of awareness holds out the…

Fever Dreams

In seeing people jump on Trump for his stupid comment about America maybe someday trying a president for life, I was moved to wonder how many of them would have gladly given Obama that title, if they could. Even closer to reality is the habit, well-established among the elite and roundly defended among the people,…

Principles Are Dead

Watching the PBS News Hour I can’t help but think that propaganda has become so normal in our society as to be virtually ubiquitous. It’s in the very air we breath… and not as a trace element, either. The atmosphere is, to look at it from the other way around, Authoritarian. Of course, one of…

The Heart of Jordan Peterson’s Critique

Politics and Psychology Meet in the Canadian Doctor’s Diagnosis of the Madness Sweeping Universities in the West The video above is a part of the precursor discussion to what I have found to be the most interesting interview of or with Jordan Peterson yet undertaken. I found this interview uniquely interesting because the interlocutor attempted…

Talking Shit to Power

EW’s Molly Templeton is the perfect reviewer for movies like the new ‘Star Wars’. Perfect, because she takes the relentless, transparent, and utterly contrived moralizing of these films as if they were deep expressions of eternal truth. She has the willing naiveté of a good childhood playmate, except she’s an adult, and this movie is…

Thoughts on the #Memo

I read the Memo, and you can, too. Here are my thoughts: It mainly asserts that the Steele dossier was material in the attainment of four FISA warrants, but the court was not told where the information came from (ie, opposition research) or that at the time it was used the FBI and DOJ considered…

An Integrated President

“…even a campaign seeking to shatter glass ceilings can play host to old-fashioned harassment. On campaigns, if complaints arise, they do so in an environment where the candidate’s public perception is an inherent priority.” Sharing this BuzzFeed report partly as a follow-up to my post last week asserting that had Hillary become president, the #MeToo…

Why We Can Thank Trump for #MeToo

Had Hillary won, the movement wouldn’t be happening. The Lord moves in mysterious ways; or, as historian Gordon S. Wood might put it, history is ruled by irony. So it is that the most powerful and fast-acting revolution in women’s liberation in some decades has not only come about under the administration of Groper-in-Chief Donald…

The Bitter Pill #9: The Phantom Menace

Dismantling the Fascist Takeover of Eugene If you’re a resident of Eugene, you might not have noticed that your home town was a “hotbed of emboldened white nationalism”, “overcome” by neo-nazis summoned into being by the shocking election of Donald Trump. Don’t let the thousands of people who showed up in support of the second…

Artistry and Social Construction

Reading an article in The Atlantic just now I am struck by an idea of two different sorts of obstruction that it’s easy to confuse for one another. I’m going to call them: What Other People Think Aesthetic Quality They are not one and the same, but it’s hard to tell the difference. It can…

It’s All in the Crawl

I watched BLADE RUNNER 2049 this past weekend, and knew from the opening crawl that it was going to be a travesty relative to the original. To explain why, here’s a point-by-point comparison of the 2049 crawl with the original. BLADE RUNNER Early in the 21st century, the Tyrell corporation advanced Robot evolution into the…

Alchemical Dreaming

Dreamed last night that I was in what we might reasonably call a wonderful relationship, but the whole time I had this feeling that something was wrong with it. It wasn’t till the end that I realized that the thing wrong was that I was asleep. It was one of those rare instances where I…

Addicted to Hill

Once again, CNN has shown me the light. This time, they helped me to realize that I’m addicted to Hillary Clinton. I credit CNN, though it wasn’t one of their usual luminaries this time, but a guest commentator: Professor Isaac Bailey, James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy at Davidson College and interim member of…

About

As some of you may have noticed, I have a blog titled High Horseman of the Apocalypse. A blog is a character in a play – or maybe, in my case, a character looking for a play. It’s like a play in which everything is lacking but the monologues. Funny thing is, that’s how some…

New Year’s Message

I’ve been struck this morning by apparently earnest statements online about surviving 2017, as if it were an entity with a particular quality that those of us still living have escaped. In the Age of Trump, this poetic conceit takes on a great deal more solidity for many. In part, I just want to scream,…

Doctor My Eyes

Spiritual beings are friends of last resort. By ‘last resort’ I mean the situation Jackson Browne described in these lines: Look around for the friends that I used to turn to to pull me through Looking into their eyes I see them running too While we’re on the subject, the “Doctor” in DOCTOR MY EYES…

The Essence of the Counting Crows

So, here’s the essence of the Counting Crows – which only matters because the Counting Crows exemplified the essence of an historical moment. More, even, than an historical moment, the essence of the Counting Crows exists as a sort of standing wave. It is a hypostasis of the human psyche. 🙂 By that, I just…

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…