"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Feb 14, 2011

Class Interest

I would like to highlight something Mr. Kasper wrote in the comments of the preceding post. It strikes me as relevant, timely and far better written than I could offer:

"This is where the age-old bourgeouis project of cultivating a 'priesthood' comes into it. Industries, institutions, organizations set up with the intention of telling us rubes (and the powers that be) what the old boy 'really meant', splintered in to specialisms, niches and factions; preaching various degrees of 'purity'.

Since ancient times, priesthoods have always existed to mystify, and render safe, the already known. Millions around the world don't need any academy to interpret what Marx proscribed, and more importantly, what they know they need."

7 comments:

W. Kasper said...

To paraphrase Nietszche: I don't mind anyone quoting me - as long as they correct my spelling mistakes!

Jack Crow said...

To be fair, I thought "borgeouis" was intentional - combing "bourgeois" and "Louis," as in Louis Bonaparte, or Louis Seize.

Charles F. Oxtrot said...

Definitely two succinct, well-stated paragraphs. Well said, W. Kasper. I especially like each paragraph's closing phrase: reference to "purity," and helping people with what they already "know they need."

W. Kasper said...

Thanks Charlie - now explain your racist avatar! Charlie Chan indeed...

Peter Ward said...

It seems clear that in this country, if the Revolution ever comes, the left intellectuals won't have anything to do with it. They aren't taken seriously anyway. It's going to be led by people the left despises, people who are religious, like sports, have long finger nails died weird colors or drive pickup trucks--people who couldn't give a frack about Marx.

Leftism in this country--especially the intellectual variety--is a fraud. Meaningless fights that don't bring us any closer to a world with less politically inflicted suffering.

Jack Crow said...

Peter,

I think I'd welcome that.

Charles F. Oxtrot said...

W,

This explains it better than any post I could make.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen

...that, and I remember watching Sidney Toler on old B&W movies as a kid.