“It is to this end that I have sought to reintroduce, redefine and reorganize everything that hinges on the word “communism”. The word “communism” denotes three fundamental things. First, it denotes the analytic observation according to which, in today’s dominant societies, freedom, whose democratic fetishisation we’re all familiar with, is, in fact, entirely dominated by property. “Freedom” is nothing but the freedom to acquire every possible commodity without any pre-established limit, and the power to do “what one wants” is strictly measured by the extent of this acquisition. Someone who has lost any possibility of acquiring something does not, as a matter of fact, have any kind of freedom, as is plain to see, for instance, with the “vagabonds” that the English liberals of rising capitalism executed by hanging, without any qualms. This is the reason why Marx, in the Manifesto, declares that all the injunctions of communism can, in a sense, be reduced to just one: the abolition of private property.”—Alain Badiou
“It is not because there is ‘something’ that there is philosophy. Philosophy is not at all a reflection on anything whatsoever. There is philosophy, and there can be philosophy, because there are paradoxical relations, because there are breaks, decisions, distances, events.”—Alain Badiou
“‘We cannot do without Auxilary constructions’, as Theodore Fontane tells us. There are perhaps three such measures: powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery, substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it, and intoxicating substances, which make us insensitive to it”— Sigmund Freud
These are the only things than can be called vices. Everything else, in the absence of the aforementioned, is undoubtedly virtue.
If a man is 1) strong (spiritually), 2) active, 3) clever (or capable), then he is good, regardless of any other ‘vices’!”—Joseph Stalin (via its-ideology-stupid)
Frank:Oh, I get, and I am offended. Not because I've got a problem with bitter, predictable, whiny, millionaire disk jockeys complaining about celebrities or how tough their life is, while I live in an apartment with paper-thin walls next to a couple of Neanderthals who, instead of a baby, decided to give birth to some kind of nocturnal civil defense air-raid siren that goes off every fuckin' night like it's Pearl Harbor. I'm not offended that they act like it's my responsibility to protect their rights to pick on the weak like pack animals, or that we're supposed to support their freedom of speech when they don't give a fuck about yours or mine.
Office Worker:So, you're against free speech now? That's in the Bill of Rights, man.
Frank:I would defend their freedom of speech if I thought it was in jeopardy. I would defend their freedom of speech to tell uninspired, bigoted, blowjob, gay-bashing, racist and rape jokes all under the guise of being edgy, but that's not the edge. That's what sells. They couldn't possibly pander any harder or be more commercially mainstream, because this is the "Oh no, you didn't say that!" generation, where a shocking comment has more weight than the truth. No one has any shame anymore, and we're supposed to celebrate it. I saw a woman throw a used tampon at another woman last night on network television, a network that bills itself as "Today's Woman's Channel". Kids beat each other blind and post it on Youtube. I mean, do you remember when eating rats and maggots on Survivor was shocking? It all seems so quaint now. I'm sure the girls from "2 Girls 1 Cup" are gonna have their own dating show on VH-1 any day now. I mean, why have a civilization anymore if we no longer are interested in being civilized?
I am, indeed curious. This blog seems to be dedicated to criticism of the established system -- but I do want to know, what would your plans be if you are given control of this country? How would you change things for the better?
I get this all the time and I will tell you straight up I don’t have the answer or the replacement to the current system. Yes I understand that people will call me a hypocrite for criticizing when I don’t have the answer, however I will always be critical of those who recognize the injustices of the current system but who just accept it because there is no propose alternative; those who just wait for one intellectual who has all the answers. This is why I have sympathy for occupy wall street. True, most of them really don’t know too much about what there talking about or what they hope to accomplish and if you ask someone there what is to be done they will usually give some bullshit moral and idealistic answer like “the people shouldn’t serve the government, the government should serve the people”. The message of Occupy Wall Street is, there is something fundamentally wrong with the system and the existing democracy is not strong enough to deal with problems. Beyond this, they don’t have an answer and neither do I. Occupy Wall Street is a signal. The system is done let’s clear the table and start thinking
“As an isolated individual, the proletarian is nothing. His whole strength, his whole progress, all his hopes and expectations are derived from organisation, from systematic action in conjunction with his fellows. He feels big and strong when he forms part of a big and strong organism. This organism is the main thing for him; the individual in comparison means very little. The proletarian fights with the utmost devotion as part of the anonymous mass, without prospect of personal advantage or personal glory, doing his duty in any post he is assigned to with a voluntary discipline which pervades all his feelings and thoughts.”—Karl Kautsky, The Intellectuals and the Workers (via antisocial-socialist)
“When one shows someone the king in chess and says: “This is the king”, this does not tell him the use of this piece—unless he already knows the rules of the game up to this last point: the shape of the king. You could imagine his having learnt the rules of the game without ever having been shown an actual piece. The shape of the chessman corresponds here to the sound or shape of a word.”—Ludwig Wittgenstein (via its-ideology-stupid)
“The structure of situations does not, in itself, deliver any truths. By consequence, nothing normative can be drawn from the simple realist examination of the becoming of things. In particular, the victory of the market economy over planned economies, and the progression of parliamentarism (which in fact is quite minor, and often achieved by violent and artificial means), do not constitute arguments in favour of one or the other. A truth is solely constituted by rupturing with the order which supports it, never as an effect of that order. I have named this type of rupture which opens up truths ‘the event’. Authentic philosophy begins, not in structural facts (cultural, linguistic, constitutional, etc), but uniquely in what takes place and what remains in the form of a strictly incalculable emergence.”—Alan Badiou (via its-ideology-stupid)
“Wages are determined by the fierce struggle between capitalist and worker. The capitalist inevitably wins. The capitalist can live longer without the worker than the worker can live without him. Combination among capitalists is habitual and effective, while combination among the workers is forbidden and has painful consequences for them”—Karl Marx (via its-ideology-stupid)