"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." -- Woody Allen
I just pick up where I left off. Which is probably perfectly fine with this book, after all. Greatest work of surrealism ever? I’m sure there are many dissertations on that possibility.
Here’s the crazy thing: I just read it and laugh. I don’t mark the shit up like some highbrow Dan Brown fan. I just read the fucking book. Crazy, I know. If you’d rather hear than read, which in the case of this book, might be the right way to go (though you’ll miss some of the gags), try this.
“‘Full employment capitalism' will, of course, have to develop new social and political institutions which will reflect the increased power of the working class. If capitalism can adjust itself to full employment, a fundamental reform will have been incorporated in it. If not, it will show itself an outmoded system which must be scrapped. But perhaps the fight for full employment may lead to fascism? Perhaps capitalism will adjust itself to full employment in this way? This seems extremely unlikely. Fascism sprang up in Germany against a background of tremendous unemployment, and maintained itself in power through securing full employment while capitalist democracy failed to do so. The fight of the progressive forces for all employment is at the same time a way of preventing the recurrence of fascism.”
How’s that milky-honey thing workin’ out for ya? [Wink.]
Here’s some more reality: Abby Martin’s Empire Files on Israel-Palestine, 2015-2018. You’ll note the slant, but, still: pretty much on point. Yes, it’s on Venezuelan state television; and it could drop the drama, overall—ominous theme music, her annoying delivery. But the content is good. Even if she insists on making a John Carpenter/Terry Gilliam film of it. She’s not making it up.
When asked whether he now thinks that deciding to “look forward” on CIA torture was an error, former president Barack Obama said, “Honestly, I think the best thing for us to do as a country is to reject the cynicism, reject the Monday-morning-quarterbacking, and just look forward. That will be $950,000, please—and make it snappy: I have to meet Branson for a windsurfing date and his plane’s coming to pick me up. Make sure you have a good long look at my Nobel Peace Prize on the way out.”
One of my favorite authors—I find his and Camus’ sunny, Mediterranean, quasi-existentialist humanism pretty much the only way to get through life. Fragments of a documentary and some lectures here. Plenty more on Greek and French on You Tube.
Nothing to be concerned about: it’s just hit a city of 1.4m on the Congo River. No problem. Nothing really bad can happen because nothing really bad has ever happened. You haven’t died of Ebola yet, right? Guess there’s no chance of it.
The species is too stupid and irresponsible and craven to live. And it won’t.