Since this has been a highly contentious election cycle and at times very bitter, here is a fun little flow chart that will help you decide which movie to watch the weekend before the election:
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On September 15th, 2016, less than two months until the U.S. presidential election, the New York Times posted an opinion editorial titled When a Crackpot Runs for President, which asked — or, rather, fervently challenged — if the media is failing in their duties to honestly frame the narrative of Donald Trump relative to Hillary Clinton (Kristof 2016). The looming subtext that lies in the shadow of the left-right rhetorical jabs of framing Trump as the climate-change-denying-crackpot is: What happen to reason? Hegel once proclaimed, “reason rules the world” (Hegel 12) and in light of that we can look at the reasonable efficacy of Trump’s limelight-laden candidacy as representing either a challenge to the governing authority of Reason or, with heavy hand, a challenge to the Hegelian proposition, eo ipso, as wholly and fallaciously false. The staunchly attentive run-of-the-mill liberal response to the aforementioned inquiry would surely go as the New York Times opines and see Trump as a challenge to reason and definitely not a challenge to Hegel. And, notwithstanding that opinion and Trump’s fascist underpinning, the devout Hegelian may see Trump as a personification of Reason’s antithesis and will remain woefully idealistic and await the dialectical resolve as Reason acquiesces itself as being both in itself and for itself — there is a Reason for everything, even Trump. With that, and that, said, the purpose of this reflection is not to echo the persistent opinion that Trump is a threat to reason, nor is it to rescue Hegel by reveling in the ignorant veil of the known-unknown of Absolute Spirit, but, rather I ask, is Trump a challenge to Hegel? Continue reading “Trump in the Shadow of the Hegelian Ego”
Today, 8/22/16, the Trump Campaign for Greatness posted a press release stating that the Trump organization DID indeed donate a “truckload” of supplies and $100k to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund. Despite what the socialist media outlets have been saying, Trump has donated greatness — he even packed the truck and personally pre-played with all the play-doh to confirm absolute greatness!! In response to asking why the campaign can’t produce evidence that these donations were made, the Trump Campaign said “Trump’s finances are none of our business” and that “twitter statements are self-evident to any claim to greatness”. Additionally, Trump allowed the Great people of the state of Louisiana the opportunity to have Trump visit their “heartbreaking devastation” and bring them a taste of what Greatness looks like. Trump will help make Louisiana Great Again!
In a continued and further gesture of greatness the Trump campaign has officially made a large charitable donation worth over 65 million dollars to the state of Louisiana! The Trump organization has generously generated vouches for 10% off 18 holes of golf with purchase of a full price round for all of Trump’s less popular Golf Resorts on weekdays during non-peak season for all 4,650,000 residents of the state of Louisiana!! A 65 million dollar donation that will also generate almost 1.3 billion in economic impact — that means JOBS JOBS JOBS!
In a brief press conference regarding his recent acts of presidential philanthropy Trump said that he “loves floods” because they help clear the land for “amazing real estate development” and that he personally went to the most devastating parts of LA to assess the damage and was able to make “great deals” and bought up property for “pennies on the dollar”. Trump was asked by the press if he would build a “great golf course” in his newly acquired property and he said “Louisiana is a horrible state for golf” and instead he will develop residential property and sell it back to the people for an “amazing discounted price of 5% below market value”.
The Trump Campaign refused to confirm/deny any of the aforementioned statements.
50+ die in a florida nightclub in a possible act of Islamic Terror. An explosion in an airport in China. And a car strikes 5 pedestrians in Las Vegas. The Texas Lt. Gov. quips and retracts ‘reap what you sow’ and Google suggests the news I would prefer is how the presidential candidates react. The world, the media and the words of discourse will become crippled to the ‘possible act of Islamic terror’ and retreat towards comfort; ignoring that the true obscenity is the “+” that follows the 50 — some lives are not even worth counting. Continue reading “Any Given Sunday…”
A few months back I came up with the idea to create a Donald Trump parody website that frames Donald Trump as a matter-of-fact fascist who is trying to usher back-in an era of World War 2 style fascist totalitarianism. And, here ya go: www.MakeAmericaFascistAgain.com. Continue reading “Make America Fascist Again”
Marxists expressed that sometimes members of the ruling class — or the bourgeoise in his words — will speak the rhetoric of the socialist leadership, show empathy for the plight of the proletariat and will even say that they are compelled to join the rank-and-file of a socialist uprising Continue reading “To the Hillary Supporters”
This blog post is a response to the article titled An All-Caps Explosion of Feelings Regarding the Liberal Backlash Against Hillary Clinton by Courtney Enlow on the website PAJIBA.com on 2/2/16 Continue reading “An All-Caps Explosion of Political Discourse….”
The majority of political discourse on the national stage — with varying degrees of philosophical and rhetorical decorum — is evident that the question of public education is a matter of contention and debate. Continue reading “On The Efficacy of Education Reform”
(An homage to Antonio Gramsci)
Every night I die only to be reborn the day’s next;
and this is my new day, new birth and my new year.
I reject the notion of the typical New Year that comes to pass with each year in clockwork, affixing my life to a timeline, to an agenda, to a corporate interest. Corroding the organic “continuity of life and spirit”. Creating the illusion that life is incremental with breaks “between one year and the next”; where my history stops and then begins again in tune with all the world without contest. Making resolutions only to resolve to failure.
We fixate on the chronological significance of history and allow it to convince us that history is flat and dates are objects cemented in time that “are like mountains that humanity vaulted over, suddenly finding itself a new a world, coming into a new life.” The New Year exacerbates the assumptions of history and blind us from seeing history as a continuous unfolding that does not halt.
“That’s why I hate New Years.”
Every night I die only to be reborn the day’s next.
“Every day I want to reckon with myself, and everyday I want to renew myself.”
Rest is not predetermined and I shall pause only “when I feel drunk with the intensity of life” — close my eyes and fall into the primal being and then return again with vigor. Every hour of every day is anew, building and collecting from each hour passed. Without the feeble necessity of a mandatory “collective rhythm” with strangers I dislike. Generation upon generation upon generation celebrating with nauseating and vapid determination.
It is for such things and not solely such things that “I await socialism”.
“It will hurl into the trash all these dates” that destroy our spirit.
Alas, I shall try not to become disillusioned while I live without illusion.
Gramsci, Antonio, I Hate New Year’s Day, “Sotto la Mole”, Avanti publication, January 1st 1916