A Thought for the Day
Communication in the realm of the universal hegemony of financial and commodity capitalism counts as merely another extension of the domination of misleading and self-serving protocols at the behest of profit, a process of many centuriesof development as ‘freedom of the press’ has long redounded to those who owned them, a dynamic moreover in the American context that commentators have assessed for at least a hundred years—one can peruse the posthumous annals of Mark Twain and Upton Sinclair’s The Brass Check, for example—and that more recent analysts have expounded with ever greater detail and irrefutable specificity—one can read anything by Robert McChesney or Noam Chomsky, for instance—the upshot of all of which is that the ‘common people’s’ thriving, or even survival, depend, without a single solitary doubt, on becoming media literate in a way that recognizes the bourgeois source of practically speaking all so-called fake news since at least the Napoleonic Wars, when the Warburgs and the Rothschilds made vast fortunes by conveying, or at least encouraging belief in, the scoop that Wellington had lost at Waterloo.
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!” Claude McKay
This Day in History
Today is Knowledge Day in Azerbaijan, and around the world, people celebrate World Lymphoma Awareness Day, an International Day of Democracy, and, so as not to forget monopoly money’s scandals and crises, Free Money Day: one thousand twenty-three years ago, Fatamid forces emerged victorious at the battle of Orontes over Byzantine imperial legions; four hundred and one years prior to the present pass, Europe’s first truly public school—free and non-aristocratic—opened in Frascati, Italy; two hundred twenty-eight years before the here and now, the Department of Foreign Affairs came into existence, the forerunner of the U.S. State Department, and the baby-boy destined to become James Fennimore Cooper was born a day beyond his date of exiting the world sixty-two years hence; MORE HERE
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Interesting People Places Things of Note
A New Republic double take on what constituted identity politics and what it has become today: “The Combahee River Collective was assembled to define a radical vision for black women’s freedom—and thus, as they believed, all people’s freedom. They did this through an antisexist, antiracist, socialist political strategy. It remains to be seen whether the Democratic Party is prepared to fully embrace this strategy, but liberals undermine it by coopting its revolutionary language, which only dilutes the impact of actual identity politics and its ability to challenge systems of power. Lilla seems to think Democrats are at fault for embracing identity politics, but the true crime is that it has been taken out of the revolutionary hands to which it belongs.”
Writers Tools Issues
A Freedom With WRiting resource that offers many opportunities: “28 Writing Grants & Fellowships (Cash Awards Up to $80,000+)”
A look at the current political reality of power in the U.S.: “With the firing of the renegade Flynn and various other Trump advisors, the Junta has already removed all independent voices in the White House. It is now attaching more control wires to its “salesperson” marionette: … Trump has a weakness for the military since he attended a New York military academy during his youth. But he does not like to be controlled. I expect him to revolt one day. He will then find that it is too late and that he is actually powerless.”
General Past & Present Issues
An Aeon glance at the utility of the at-one-time radical and rational call of a mathematician and philosopher: “What is remarkable is how popular this heretic remains nearly three and a half centuries after his death, and not just among scholars. Spinoza’s contemporaries, René Descartes and Gottfried Leibniz, made enormously important and influential contributions to the rise of modern philosophy and science, but you won’t find many committed Cartesians or Leibnizians around today. The Spinozists, however, walk among us. They are non-academic devotees who form Spinoza societies and study groups, who gather to read him in public libraries and in synagogues and Jewish community centres. Hundreds of people, of various political and religious persuasions, will turn out for a day of lectures on Spinoza, whether or not they have ever read him. There have been novels, poems, sculptures, paintings, even plays and operas devoted to Spinoza. This is all a very good thing”