University jobs (a short excerpt)

Most things we know are right there before us. We know it in the immediate sense in the moment. Then there are also some persons in universities who may claim there is something else you could know, beyond that which you know right away with no problem. This is their big premise, that further or deeper knowledge is possible; and, in any case, that creates all the university jobs.

Are they doing anything? aside from showing they can spell and use the comma?

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Capitalism’s Foibles, in Various Stripes

 

Capitalism is not just of one kind. There were several books that came out on that theme about five years ago. This is the theme of multiple capitalisms. And many persons have noted the progressiveness of capitalism, which is to say that the kinds are also in reference to time. These changing kinds or periods have been occurring since Adam Smith wrote “Wealth of…” and Schumpeter also mentions this fact, characterizing capitalism as changing. Capitalism, therefore, is “progressive.”

Regarding the kind of capitalism we have now, there are many things that are being done at present that are absurd. We act in certain specific ways. There are general characteristics by which we call a system capitalist and there are specific characteristics to specific styles or periods of capitalism, and at the present time we are following the absurd practice of completely ignoring the practice of giving, in favor of only selling things. It is perfectly human to do both. Some things are sold, and others (including things you use at the job for example) are given. It is absurd to ignore one and only acknowledge the other. We have an intolerance of the idea of giving anything without being paid, and if this is not balanced by acceptance that there are many things that are given things, we for example end up with no friends, and why is that? It is because everyone knows you cannot buy friendship. Well, that is true. So, in the present capitalism, why have friends? What good would that do? And few persons in the society do today. Even such small acts of friendship or affection that may have occurred between customers and shopkeepers are more rare. We buy more things in a completely impersonal way. For instance, at McDonalds. In we go. We have no personal involvement or contact with the clerk who takes our order. The same goes for fancier places, although the higher the prices, the more they pretend to be your friend. That is just fake friendliness; that is what happens in this stage of capitalism. This comprises just one absurd characteristic of the present kind of life we lead under the general class of capitalist systems.

Also, in this system that places the most value on selling things we never stop at a reasonable number of such things. No, we want to sell more and more. If a company does not continually increase its sales, it might be a target of take-over. It also has to sell more and more while charging less and less. If it cannot do that, it is said not to be competitive!

This does not sound crazy to us because we believe the “folklore” about capitalism that is the topic of Thurman Arnold’s 1937 book. These particular beliefs and behaviors, which is to say using certain ideas and valuing particular sorts of behaviors, made one kind of sense when they were first practiced, but  they make another kind of sense today – or, perhaps they make no sense. Capitalism is quite the expert at switching one thing for another. This happens in a variety of ways, including ideologically.

Another characteristic of capitalism that is especially prominent today is that it wants to have specific products on the shelf that you can choose from. We have many, many examples of any one sort of product, all very similar but with slightly different features. The makers love to throw all these varieties at us. For example, you cannot just eat potato chips anymore. They come in twelve different flavors. And capitalist production goes on whether on not you need the product, and whether or not it does anybody any good or not. And whether it does earth’s environment any good or not. So, there are many things about capitalism that are quite off-the-charts absurd, but the system nevertheless continues. We do not dwell on these absurd aspects very much. Rather we seem to accept this particular way of life. Who cares about the absurds? The food still works for us, and capitalism has not killed us – not yet.

Big and Little (from heroes to heroin)

People engaged in the economy act like they have something important going on. They hustle and bustle, moving about with purpose, or so it seems. There are the meetings to attend and also the new product lines coming out. All the new, cutting-edge ways of being in the economy, as active, engaged movers and shakers. They are marketing new products; they are thinking up new advertising jingles, too.

Entrepreneurs find new ways to prosper, injecting themselves into financial networks like little bedbugs, sucking up some portions of the bloods of the networks’ fibers. I have been to New York. Heard ‘em talkin’. In an open society, one may hear. There is a public market. Talking may be witnessed.

Some of these persons are too boring even to listen in on. When you hear them talk, it is actually that they are socializing. They place great importance on commerce.

YOU think all this is important. They busy with food, and drink, and movies, and T. V. Western Civilization depends on this stuff. We are instructed to believe persons who live in the cities and make the economy go are important. So, then, you believe you are very important. Don’t you? And now see the ghetto, the workers. And the heroin.

Theory may…

Theory may often be one’s experience of a great many approaches. Could one get “theory of art” just from looking at covers of books on theory of art, not opening the books? As a result of the former means, just looking at covers, one would see all the approaches.

If you see all the approaches to something you get the theory you need. You arrive, by such means, at a theory. You get the theory of the thing being treated, which is, in this case, art. You would get the theory.

What the world today requires is that learn about “theory and  truth.” Truth is hard to get at. Not to disparage the Western scientific approach, but it is. Theory is just a theory. It isn’t truth. It is the opposite of truth. You say “theory” because it is not truth, you do not way “theory” because it is. If it was truth you were speaking, you would say “truth.” So, when we say “theory” that means it is indeed “just a theory.”

And so much of life is just a theory. And we call this theory “truth” sometimes and we call it “theory” sometimes. Since the truth remains elusive, if you want the true “theory of art,” just look at all the covers of books on theory of art, and you get the theory of art.

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Now it’s the regular kid against the bourgeoisie.

Far from preserving or sustaining the class aspect, what you have got over time is that there has been an equalizing tendency, not a class tendency. As this goes ahead in time we come to this juncture, by which I mean the present.

In the central area of a city it is a mixing bowl. Capitalism stirs up the whole pot. Dredged up out of the society there is the “creative,” the regular middle-class and reasonably educated citizen, the “regular kid.” This “regular kid” is now up against and quite capable of confronting finance capital. It is the regular kid against the Trumps.

So(,)[:] stirred up out of the phenomena of the last 2-300 years is the ethical face of (a battle:) capitalism vs. GREED.

The World As It Exists

The world exists on the basis of incredible ignorance and hostility. But there is a social basis, and what is called “civilization” has been allowed to flourish over generations of “haters,” right up until the present. But the best thing is capitalism. This has allowed a whole American and European culture of democracy to exist, from about 1830 until the present. During the Napoleonic Wars, the Rothschild family were laying the basis for many years of banking to come! Does Jamie Dimon respect those who came before him?

++++Well, I really, really doubt it. Capitalism today is just greed, greed, greed. if it is not given some regulation, and taken in hand, this world will suffer its final swan song.

Having Great Thoughts

                               Having Great Thoughts

Certainly. We do have a lot of thoughts and ordinary great thought is going on, all the time. Thought is going on. But you should understand that these thoughts do not always become poetry, or get translated into poetry we could also call “the word.” Some claim to have no problem in the interstitial space between having thoughts and getting it out in words. Well, I ain’t one of them. No. I do not have the technique for that. How would I translate all my fuzzy and “inchoate” (is that the word?) thoughts into grammatical speech? There may be some kind of a (magical or linguistic) method, but I am privy to it because I am not one of the verbal elite. Too bad. Yes, I could try. Perchance I shall win. Well, anyways, I’ll write a few things down here. Unless I make myself sick first. I may see where it leads. If I try really hard to create some really good exposition of some ideas maybe I will really discover a universe of thought, where everything makes sense. But Lord, it is hard. A simple thought requires a long sentence, and yet, and yet, and yet [insert violins] it becomes quite an arduous task to create these literary tomes, although it comes easily to elites, who have the training. But I guess many Americans use more a “vernacular” approach. This seems necessary, in America, in order to get the changes we need in the society. And Lord, do we need changes. Thanks, Obama. For nothing, babe.

    I will change something, though, about what I said when I say, above, that great thought is going on “all the time.” Maybe not. There are long dark spaces. But the thoughts are there sometimes! Yes, they are there, but it is not the case that they are always there. They are not actually there all the time. When they do come, it seems awful tough for me to get it into some nice – or perhaps frighteningly brilliant  – philosophical paper. For your information a very simple thought, one that takes a second or two to think, may well take five minutes, to write it. Or much more. Sometimes I may feel that there is a flood of thoughts, but sometimes I am blank. I am blank, but: I am never named “Frank.”

    I am Mike, or maybe a little bit Jacob. As for philosophers, who after all are the ones who rule in the “having thought” department, I have a problem with them. They want to write out the thoughts even before they have them. The problem comes precisely when we try to explain being even before the facts are out. The factuals of being have not yet even taken wing (ah yes: inchoate). But they are already laying out their words and phrases. The whole nine yards; and, I am not one of those persons.

    No, I am not! For example, let us suppose that I see a croissant. I see a croissant. I do not ask it what it is thinking. I eat it first. And I feel the same way about baguettes, bagels and pancakes. Since I am a hungry man, I reach for it. In order to eat it.

    I do not wake up in the morning with any motivation whatsoever to ask being how it feels. I am hungry. Most of us are. Everything seems difficult to express. Maybe it is that these feelings are always in movement and never slow down, thus they can never be captured.

    I want to think about things that actually exist, ideas that come to me. If you try to find the factual aspects of innate being in itself that is not valid. Anyone who thinks they are doing that, let me tell you something, sucker—you are making this up. There is something there akin to “putting the cart before the horse” but even to use such language is to discuss something impossible, that does not happen, and that has never been seen. The cart before the horse? It would be a big mistake, but we say it as if to endorse the mistake. If a philosopher makes a mistake, he feels he has nevertheless created more. He may think, “oh. I have been wrong.” Then he feels he needs to tell all of us about his mistake. Maybe this is the “life of the mind,” but not in a very good way.

    By contrast with the writers, observe primitive savages. The former try to put everything down on paper, in words, whereas the philosophy of the primitive savage (or the thought of the savage) is quite undeveloped, if we regard “development” as the eventual creation of the sense of the articulate Western writer. They (meaning the Norsemen, I believe) believe in all their myths and stories handed down over generations. Now along comes the Western philosopher. This person is going to advance her scholarly work now. She will study undeveloped savages. I am amazed. This is what she does with her major academic credentials! -goes primitive? -studies primitives? She will study these primitives’ sacred myths and stories. Let us now ask: How would that work? How would that work logically? How should we think about this? In what way, which is to say what is the “how,” how would myths and stories that are primitive enhance the career of a Western sophisticate? An academic? Notice that the subject matter once again is error: this time it is the primitive peoples’ errors. It is their myths and stories: their “myths,” “stories.” Or does the Western philosopher believe them? I hardly think they do.

    The Western intellectuals believe themselves.

    Many traditional peoples have now abandoned their myths and stories, yetWestern thinkers,  for their part they build another layer. This should stop. It should end.Since it is senseless.

I Meet a Trump Royalist

I had an interesting conversation with a woman who was an Arab from Morrocco. Within the conversation, she told me there was no ‘Arsb Spring’ thing there. I had asked how are things in Morrocco, and did they have the “Arab Spring.” She said they did not and also there is a king. Oh, a king system! Things in Morrocco things are perhaps not bad? There. It’s fine. They have their king, so—-anyways, it is so interesting to me to hear another point of view. I think so. This is a really different point of view, now. Ever combative, ever challenging, at this I pointed out: “Not all kings are good kings;” So sayz I. “Look at Trump,” I said in illustration. This guy. He wants to be a king. And the cafe worker nodded emphatically at this. So. Now she likes him! She likes the Trump King! I am getting nowhere with all this. Oh, boy. So Trump is a GOOD king, just like the king of Morocco, one supposed. But, getting back to my own country, the American case, why is this dork of person a good individual “king”? Because “he is not doing anything,” she said. He is not able to do anything. So, that is because we, the People, blocked his immigration plan. We stopped him! People stopped the immigration block, I said. Yes, it is because you know, we stopped his immigration block he tried to set up, we stopped him! Continuing to wipe tables, she went away. And as she did, she said: “thank you.”

OK, so the bottom line is that Trump is good, as  king. Good. Why? He is not doing anything. That is why. And then she walked away, still a Royalist. I met a Royalist today.