Search results

  1. P

    'Postmodernism' as Existential Threat.

    In some ways I think the cannier postmoderns actually had a good handle on the situation. Lyotard, for example, talks about incommensurable language games, whose mappings of the world can't be made to cohere under a single overarching mapping - but he leads this question back to Kant, and the...
  2. P

    Groupname for Grapejuice.

    Can you do numerology in hexadecimal, or does it only work in base 10? How about in base 2?
  3. P

    'Postmodernism' as Existential Threat.

    David Chapman argues that postmodernism is an incomplete bridge between Kegan Stage 4 of cognitive development and Kegan Stage 5. Briefly, stage 1 is infant drives, stage 2 is reward/punishment motivations ("if I don't wear a mask I'll be thrown out of the shop"), stage 3 is doing things so...
  4. P

    Groupname for Grapejuice.

    In a very handwavey way, what I took away from Badiou's Being and Event was that even the most total model universe, containing everything that your mathematical language says there can be, can still be extended by making a new cut across it, slicing it a new way. We're not in a game of...
  5. P

    Groupname for Grapejuice.

    I often have, and I know I'm not alone in this, those dreams in which it turns out there are extra rooms in your house, accessible via unusual routes - crawling through the fireplace, climbing out of an attic window - whole spaces opening up which perhaps are no longer yours any more, but might...
  6. P

    Groupname for Grapejuice.

    The thing about k-punk that most attracted me initially was the sense that Mark was writing his way out of a present moment he didn't like being in very much, in search of a very personal canon of writers and musicians who had seen and felt some of the same things he had. He wrote in the company...
  7. P

    Groupname for Grapejuice.

    Decades ago when I was studying the Romantics at uni, I read E. P. Thompson's Witness Against The Beast, in which he argues that Blake was connected to a Muggletonian sect, and through that sect to a deeper tradition of antinomian thought (antinomian: against Law, against the idea of a...
  8. P

    Dysfunctional relationships

    Ah, that makes a little more sense - RAW is very considerably more likely than Pound to be talking about tantric sex techniques...
  9. P

    Dysfunctional relationships

    cf "Trump will complete the system of German Idealism". Kantbot was joking when he said that, but he also wasn't.
  10. P

    Dysfunctional relationships

    I think there's a connection - not a necessary, cause-and-effect sort of connection, but a reciprocal strengthening perhaps - between the exasperated-with-everyone's-inexactitude posture and the cranky and increasingly authority-fetishising politics. How someone of Pound's talents ends up...
  11. P

    Dysfunctional relationships

    I read a collection of his early essays about Arnaut etc and was taken aback at the cocksure confidence of them - his position is very much "no-one knows as much about this stuff as me, E. Pound, and anyone who even comes close is in any case an idiot who has completely misunderstood everything."
  12. P

    Dysfunctional relationships

    That is both completely mad and a very plausible reading of what's actually on the page.
  13. P

    Your Journey to the Alt-Right.

    I mean "cucked" as a term belongs to the anti-semitic conspiracy theory that Jewish elites are promoting race-mixing to undermine the cohesion and moral integrity of white culture, so that they can promote their own interests by maintaining a captive demographic of grateful minorities...
  14. P

    Your Journey to the Alt-Right.

    I do think we can - and actually all do, all the time - engage with the real. The fantasy is that some people - perhaps the majority - are sheeple whose access to the real has been stolen from them by powerful ideological forces, whereas we, the special few, have seen through all that.
  15. P

    Your Journey to the Alt-Right.

    I'm not trying to make the argument that the (mostly social and discursive) norms of left moral culture are intrinsically good in themselves, or that they should never be flouted, or that anyone who does flout them is on a slippery slope to fascism; it's acceptance of the background premise that...
  16. P

    Your Journey to the Alt-Right.

    I mean the example who comes most immediately to mind is Justin Murphy, but he's a bit singular and I'm not sure I could make a case for his being representative of a constituency. The main feature would be accepting, as an initial premise, the based/cucked distinction, and then talking jokily...
  17. P

    Your Journey to the Alt-Right.

    The neurotic based, now I think about it, are likewise those who are unable fully to abide by the libidinal contract of their position - so they see themselves as playing with the adversarial, conspiratorial language of the far right, cheekily or naughtily deploying its memes, keywords...
  18. P

    Your Journey to the Alt-Right.

    Paranoid cucks accept the libidinal contract of the spectacle and dutifully fear and hate what the spectacle tells them to fear and hate (you know, fascists, eugenicists, white supremacists, people like that); neurotic cucks are never sure if anything they think is true is really true - they're...
  19. P

    Your Journey to the Alt-Right.

    Presumably in this context (which is already a right-wing framing) "cucked" means absorbed into the spectacle, deceived, unable to perceive or act in your own real interests; "based" means pragmatically and materially grounded, knowing your own mind, knowing what's what. Of course as Lacan says...
  20. P

    Your Journey to the Alt-Right.

    The new ideological compass has cucked-based as one axis, and paranoid-neurotic as the other
Top