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Inverted Totalitarianism

“Inverted totalitarianism” as a term has some descriptive value for sure, but things have rapidly changed since Wolin coined the term in 2003. Mostly in the last year, the State is rapidly taking on many of the trappings of traditional totalitarianism. In Deleuze and Guattari’s work, totalitarianism and fascism are the two extreme poles of capitalist semiotics that are at ... Read More »

Fascism

QAnon and the most crazy fringes of conspiracy culture and Trump’s base are being used to discredit the most important resistance movement in the history of this planet. It is most important because the biological commons of the planet is becoming completely enclosed as we speak. Important radical and liberal voices in this struggle like Vandana Shiva and RKF Jr. ... Read More »

“The Gentlemen”: Right-wing melodrama

The thinly veiled plot of the revenge-fantasy crime-melodrama film “The Gentlemen”(no joke):A salt-of-the-Earth American (played by Mathew McConaughey of course) crowns himself king of the empire he builds, funded by drug money, with the help of the British aristocracy, within the corpse of their own decaying kingdom. After a time he decides to retire and courts the services of a ... Read More »

Quantum Physics and Dialectics

The concepts of point particles and discrete linear waves are a bad problem–but also a badly posed one if all one can do is try to negate their negations. So many of our concepts–like “virus” or “particle”–are projections of our flawed form of identity and our tendency to think in terms of fundamental things or identities with discrete properties. This ... Read More »

Viruses and Masks

Viruses don’t cause illness; they are a marker and a functional and adaptive pathway for dealing with stress and toxicity. “Cases” are just a positive PCR test, which mean little more than someone has a slightly elevated level of a relatively generic protein fragment we have decided to blame for certain changes in illness patterns, for various historical and institutional ... Read More »

Socialism vs. Collectivism

Something strongly stirs in me whenever I hear someone being accused of selfishness for not doing what someone else wants them to do. I used to lash out at this most primordial of exploitation of natural childhood attachment, but I gradually came to understand that this refrain is as much a sign of the repressed and oppressed, as it is ... Read More »

Astrological Semiotics

I think we could come up with a thoroughly relational astrological syntax.  The semantics shouldn’t be grounded in any primary representations, but be an actual abstract alphabet–purely formal placeholders in an abstract series that only gets meaning within determinate contexts.  It would then be scientific (formal, methodological, and abstract) and poetic and creative (completely dependent on content and on free-choice ... Read More »

“Best Of” Screen Media

Some of my favorite films in no particular order: Apocalypse Now, The Master, Perfume:Story of a Murderer, Antichrist, Mother!, The Fountain, To The Wonder, The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life, Eyes Wide Shut, 2001, The Shining, Silence, Interstellar, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Synecdoche New York, Waking Life, Before Sunrise and the sequel: Before Sunset, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless ... Read More »

Thought and Light

As Steiner says, “The universe seen from within is light. Seen from without, it is thought”. In Aurobindo’s terms, the absolute Self (interiority) of Sat-Chit-Ananda, the existence-consciousness-bliss of divine light, pours forth the creative-truth as a supramental force. This “plane of immanence” as Deleuze calls it, he says is an “absolute outside” of pre-individual singularities. Aurobindo also characterizes it as ... Read More »

Simplicity and Complexity

There is certainly an intellectualism that complicates what should be simple, but this is just the flip side of reductionism– making simple and homogeneous what is actually heterogeneous and complex. They usually go hand in hand. For instance, when answering the question, why does someone get ill?, the reductive response is always to answer this or any complex question with ... Read More »