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Don’t Be Distracted with the Surface; Inquire Deeper

The spectacle appears at first as just a maelstrom of images swirling about the suck hole of their own nothingness. Here is a political leader. Here is one with better … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Demystifying Our “Natural” Reality

[I]n a word, I resented seeing Nature and History repeatedly confused in the description of our reality, and I wanted to expose in the decorative display of what-goes-without-saying the ideological … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Born Into Capitalism

The capitalistic economy…is an immense cosmos into which the individual is born, and which presents itself to him, at least as an individual, as an unalterable order of things in … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Blindness of Nationalism

All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. … Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Orwell’s Definition of ‘Nationalism’

By ‘nationalism’ I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Is This Pasta Really Authentic?

All images are ‘polysemous’–they can be read in a number of ways. … The text [accompanying an image, say in an ad,] directs the reader as to which meanings of … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Radical Social Reconceptualization in the Writing of Paul

Paul’s letters make very stark demands about social relationships; Paul’s readers/hearers are instructed ‘to liberate themselves from habits of servility and ethnic prejudice by creating an alternative community characterized by … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Ghost as Ideological Reproduction

A ghost erases the present by repeating the actions of the past. That’s what haunting is. Was this what I wanted from hotels–to be haunted? Was it the gleaming tiled … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Helpful Guide to: Ideology, Discourse, Hegemony

johnnyunger: thothofnorth: adailyriot: Definitions of Ideology A mistaken interpretation of how the world actually is A body of ideas characteristic of a particular social group or class Ideas that help … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Althusser’s Cynicism re: the Educational Apparatus

Of course, many of these contrasting Virtues (modesty, resignation, submissiveness on the one hand, cynicism, contempt, arrogance, confidence, self-importance, even smooth talk and cunning on the other) are also taught … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment