A Thought for the Day
The assertion that narration unavoidably involves falsification, while formally true, remains—as social commentary or intellectual hypothesis—at best a meaningless statement and more likely reactionary special pleading, if for no other reasons than, first, that no possible manifestation of accounting for reality’s infinite complexity and detail can ever be a complete, and thus a totally accurate, expression of actuality—and since one cannot deduce from this essential ‘untruthfulness‘ that attempting honestly to portray the world is maladaptive or a bad idea, focusing primarily, let alone exclusively, on the inherent error of making an attempt must mean nothing at all—and second, that those who incessantly dwell on the inevitability of mistake and incompleteness are thereby advancing identifiable agendas for the benefit of privileged and ruling social sets and against the potential to grapple with our dilemmas so as to ameliorate them, a conclusion that becomes inescapable when any honest broker ponders the origins and implicit purposes of the fashionable critique of “narrative fallacies,” which is to say, almost without exception, from paid agents of finance and industry in order to parry or invalidate the material basis for any contemporary analysis that seeks to facilitate reform or even transformation in the relations that govern our affairs with each other and ourselves.
This Day in History
Today everywhere on Earth is World Tuberculosis Day, a note on the human checklist about this dread killer that could easily emerge as a plague of epic proportions; in what is today Syria six hundred sixteen years ago, the vaunted ‘hordes’ of Mongol emperor Timur overran and sacked Damascus; on two island nations two centuries and two years afterward, in 1603, James rose to the throne of England for a brief period of Stuart rule and Ieyasu Tokugawa became shogun in Japan for what would be several centuries of power; six decades later to the day, in 1663, what is today North and South Carolina became the sole ‘province,’ so to speak, of eight powerful men who helped the son of the decapitated Stuart king, Charles II, to resume his family’s perch atop English society; MORE HERE
Bei einer andächtigen Musik ist allezeit Gott mit seiner Gnaden Gegenwart.
4. Yanis Varoufakis, 2017.
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Nearly Naked Links
From Thursday’s Files
Underground As Metaphor, Actuality, Impossibility – https://aeon.co/essays/the-strange-political-history-of-the-underground
Popular Movement Assemblies, Delineated – http://portside.org/2017-03-13/why-popular-assemblies-sweeping-country-are-building-blocks-resistance
Witching Toward Rebellion