Monday, November 12, 2007

Autumn in New York

The leaves are finally changing. That'll show the damn Republicans and their mad plan to abolish winter. But they will probably criminalize abortion.


Blogger Kirby Olson said...

The leaves, like communists, are turning red here, too. Then the next thing you know they'll fall all over themselves to make a mess of things.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Michael Andre said...

It's curious how we resort to polarized political invective rather than serious political discussion. Maybe it's because as citizens we are in fact impotent. It's not us but our "representatives" who decide in this here creaky North American political system.

"We live up here, and a little to the left," W.S. Merwin remarks. "Our votes" are "mice".

2:32 PM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

It's a game like cops and robbers. It depends on someone playing the good guy, and the other the bad. It's a pretty fun game, too.

Bang bang!

12:37 PM  
Blogger Michael Andre said...

The game also serves as a reality check. And radio is another. Thus, when I think the Republicans have committed the ultimate final outrage and all citizens must now finally be convinced, I merely tune in Rush or O'Reilly. Should I be amazed how they "twist" events? They never see it my way.

4:02 AM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

Rush and O'Reilly are basically good old Catholic boys. You should understand this viewpoint since you are a lapsed Catholic. Think Irish, and think the Pope.

Not everyone is a lapsed secular humanist with a 'Pataphysical background. You are in the distinct minority outside of NYC, Michael. I mean, it's your views that would surprise the majority of Americans west of the Hudson.

Rush and O'Reilly are as mainstream as apple pie with cinnamon or Boy Scouts or hunting deer in orange clothing.

Are all those things very foreign to you?

11:25 AM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

I think that no one understands that the Democrats are no longer liberals. They're communists. It's been forty years since the communists started the long march through the institutions, and today they are fully in control of the Democratic party. Race, gender, and class (Marxist constructs that come out of Marxist thinkers such as SdB and the Frankfurt school and so on and so forth) dominate the Democratic party. Sometimes watching their debates it appears that even they don't know that they have switched out of Locke and Madison, so demented have they become, so fully hijacked and vampyrized and lobotomized.

Meanwhile, many of the Republicans are still talking straight out of Locke and Madison. Rudy Giuliani, for instance, is almost a pure classical liberal. He doesn't even have a trace of the Calvinist fascism that radiates out of the very far right of that party, and threatens to zombify it. W., as A.E. Newman as he was, at least had his bearings right. He was nominally a Calvinist but that was a patina on what remained and was still a purebred liberal straight out of Locke and Madison, and so to my mind he was preferable to the zombified Kerry who was a communist nightmare.

I have always been and will always remain a purebred liberal out of the Locke and Madison school (Madison is crucial and not merely an addendum because of the 1st amendment that blocks any establishment of religion which Locke would have otherwise wanted).

Madison, unlike Marx, wanted a country in which different factions, different parties, would be able to compete.

Marx wanted to obliterate all opposition and establish a single party. That kind of violent self-righteousness is what one hears today from the communists including Ron Silliman who wants to establish one group even within poetry and to abolish all opposition (Silliman is a very light case of communism -- in academia you meet it in its pure form where there is absolutely no tolerance for diversity of thought whatsoever).

There are many people who think or have thought as I do. Not just Orwell. But Hannah Arendt, for instance, who argued that "terror plus logic" was what communism stood for. JF Lyotard said that the entire philosophy stemming from Hegel-Marx was totalitarian at its inception and would never be anything else.

Arendt and Lyotard: pure liberals, like me.

There's only a handful of us holding the pass at Thermopylae against the dumb hordes of Marxists. Join us, and die at the hands of the communist zealots!

4:42 PM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

At any rate, I can't understand how it's liberal to murder a defenseless baby, even if it's Rosemary's Baby.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Michael Andre said...

If the Democrats are Communists, then the Republicans are Nazis, and life is a cartoon. It's life as a simplified cartoon, but not a funny cartoon. It's a manic, insane and irrelevant cartoon.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

Many of my Democratic friends like to argue that Bush is "worse than Hitler."

I wouldn't say that Hillary is worse than Pol Pot.

She is in fact a huge improvement.

So you can see my centrist tendencies from this.

Perhaps this is something that we share: centrist tendencies.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

You are so Catholic.

Even when you title your wonderful journal Unmuzzled Ox, it is as plain as day that this Ox is a reference to St. Thomas Aquinas.

6:40 AM  
Blogger T.S.Eliot said...

Thomas Aquinas was the Dumb OX. I marked his feast on January 28 by hitting myself three times on the head with each of the five volumes of the Summa Theologicae. Today is Ash Wednesday. Mortify the flesh!

3:42 AM  
Blogger T.S.Eliot said...

Me: It’s Ash Wednesday, babe. We have to give up sex.

Her: What’s Ash Wednesday?

Me: It’s the beginning of Lent. We must mortify our flesh.

Her: What’s Lent?

9:20 AM  
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