Thursday, September 05, 2013


"It is quite true what philosophy says; that life must be understood backwards. But then one forgets the other principle: that it must be lived forwards. Which principle, the more one thinks it through, ends exactly with the thought that temporal life can never properly be understood precisely because I can at no instant find complete rest in which to adopt a position: backwards." 
                                                 Soren Kierkegaard, Journals IV A 164 (1843)


Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.
                    Marx, Theses On Feuerbach (1845)

Das Atta Kapitroll

Three cheers for the Lumpenproletariat Marx despised. Disciplined workers as the ultimate bearers of class consciousness betrays a burgher's(or bookkeeper's) priggishness. Marxism should welcome those who refuse to engage in disciplined labor. Lumpenproletarians shirking socially accepted forms of labor amply display keen class consciousness. To exclude them renders the anointed working class's "heroic struggle" reactionary.

(bittersweet apologies to Harry Heine)

Tuesday, September 03, 2013


"The daring flames peeped in and saw from far
The awful beauties of the sacred choir,
But, since it was profaned by civil war,
Heav'n thought it fit to have it purged by fire."
John Dryden, Annus Mirabilis, 276.

Monday, September 02, 2013

September Storms

Like the scent of rain suggests showers,
facts are fairy tales awaiting a moral.