Robespierre on Property

“The first social law is therefore the one that guarantees all members of society the means to live; all others are subordinate to that one; property was only instituted and guaranteed to cement it.  It is in order to live that we have property in the first case. It is not true that property can … Continue reading “Robespierre on Property”

Karl Marx Quote

“the workers must be armed and organized. The whole proletariat must be armed at once with muskets, rifles, cannon and ammunition, and the revival of the old-style citizens’ militia, directed against the workers, must be opposed. Where the formation of this militia cannot be prevented, the workers must try to organize themselves independently as a … Continue reading “Karl Marx Quote”

Ornette Coleman, Vanishing Mediator

I have written much about Ornette Coleman, his “Harmolodics” musical theory, and various commercial recordings he released over his storied career.  Reading Slavoj Žižek‘s Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through, some clarifications occurred to me that, I think, go a long way to explaining what separates Ornette’s most accomplished work from the rest (that … Continue reading “Ornette Coleman, Vanishing Mediator”

The Red Krayola – The Red Krayola

The Red Krayola – The Red Krayola Drag City DC52CD (1994) The Red Krayola re-formed in the mid-1990s.  Mayo Thompson was joined by a host of Chicago musicians, who were associated with groups like Gastr del Sol and Tortoise.  The first album by this particular version of the band, the eponymous The Red Krayola, turns … Continue reading “The Red Krayola – The Red Krayola”

Michael Hudson – The Land Belongs to God

Link to an interview with Michael Hudson (and others): “The Land Belongs to God” This interview summarizes some of Hudson’s most important work.  And yet, it also highlights a blind spot in it: his claim that others’ interpretations of ancient history are colored by ideology, as if his is not also.  Instead, philosophy teaches, “In … Continue reading “Michael Hudson – The Land Belongs to God”

Slavoj Žižek on Hegemonic Ideology

Slavoj Žižek quote from “Democracy’s Fascism Problem”: “Of course, no privileged political agent knows inherently what is best for the people and has the right to impose its decisions on the people against their will (as the Stalinist Communist Party did). However, when the will of the majo[r]ity clearly violates basic emancipatory freedoms, one has … Continue reading “Slavoj Žižek on Hegemonic Ideology”

When Liberals Go Wrong

Charlton’s Web Had to chuckle a little when reading the drivel that Darwin Bond-Graham and Andrew Culp published a while back as “Left Gun Nuts: Opposition to Gun Control Comes from Many on the Left Also. Here’s Why They’re Wrong.”  Most of their arguments are flawed, and some even support the conclusions they claim are … Continue reading “When Liberals Go Wrong”