Monthly Archives: July 2014

A celestial Marx, smiling upon the crisis

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Norfolk laid claim to be ‘God’s own county’ yesterday after an extraordinary photograph of a man with a white beard in the clouds apparently peering over the area emerged.During recent turbulent weather conditions the clouds momentarily parted at sunset to reveal the image of the God-like bearded man.

The picture was taken by interim company finance director Mr Jeremy Fletcher, 56, from the seashore at Snettisham in the west of the county looking out to The Wash, a wide estuary between Norfolk and Lincolnshire.The face is looking straight back at Mr Fletcher as he took the photograph and appears to be gazing over Norfolk’s famously flat landscape.Mr Fletcher, of Bray, Berkshire, was in the area for a three-month attachment with a company and took the photograph on an evening stroll along the beach at Snettisham.’I realised the image looked remarkably like a face of a man with a beard so I took a number of shots on my phone. The face appeared to be looking back towards the shore.’The obvious comment is that it looks like God but it could also be Sean Connery or Karl Marx,’ added Mr Fletcher, who said he was not a religious person.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2702159/The-sunset-Heaven-sent-Clouds-parting-storm-appear-God-like-man-looking-people-Norfolk.html#ixzz38PA9MrDN

on the “infamous” black books of Heidegger

“European philosophy needs to decolonize itself. The colonized were tasked with decolonization after the end of formal colonial ownership relations. That makes sense. But the colonizers have never taken up that same process, even though Europe and England lived from centuries of violence – “lived” in the sense of having economic, political, and cultural life embedded in that violence, its world, and the effects of it.” View more on jdrabinski.com/heidegger-racism-and-scholarship/

Išaj Landa: „Šta reči uopšte znače?“ Preliminarna razmatranja o fašizmu, socijalizmu, liberalizmu i semantici

Čudno je to što moramo da uronimo u semantiku pre nego što postavimo pitanje o tome šta je fašizam zapravo bio. Ipak, to je neophodno jer se mnoga važna pitanja koja se odnose na prirodu fašizma tiču i načinâ na koje su se određene reči koristile i kako se i dalje koriste. Ovo je tim važnije ako imamo u vidu da glavna struja u današnjoj istoriografiji insistira na tome da, ako želimo da shvatimo fašizam, moramo same fašiste držati za reč. S obzirom na ideju koja u poslednjih dvadeset godina sve više dobija na značaju, fašistička ideologija se ne sme više odbacivati kao puka „papazjanija“ nedovršenih i opskurnih ideja, ni kao cinična, propagandna dimna zavesa korišćena zarad lakšeg sprovođenja stvarnih, i od nje različitih, političkih ciljeva. Pristup Zeva Šternhela, koji je isprva formulisan kao zvučan zahtev da se „fašizam uzme za ozbiljno“ a fašistička ideologija postavi u središte naše rasprave, sada postaje nešto poput hegemone paradigme.1 Vodeći istoričari priznaju njegov uticaj i govore o „novom konsenzusu“ u pogledu istraživanja fašizma kojim se odlučujuća uloga pripisuje ideologiji (Griffin 1998: 15). Prema Itvelu (Eatwell, 1996: 313), „fašizam je najbolje definisan kao ideologija“…

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Klassentheorien – Die letzten 50 Jahre

aus: http://www.linksnet.de/de/artikel/31395

„Es ist jedesmal das unmittelbare Verhältnis der Eigentümer der Produktionsbedingungen zu den unmittelbaren Produzenten – ein Verhältnis, dessen jedesmalige Form stets naturgemäß einer bestimmten Entwicklungsstufe der Art und Weise der Arbeit und daher ihrer gesellschaftlichen Produktivkraft entspricht -, worin wir das innerste Geheimnis, die verborgene Grundlage der ganzen gesellschaftlichen Konstruktion und daher auch der politischen Form des Souveränitäts- und Abhängigkeitsverhältnisses, kurz, der jedesmaligen Staatsform finden. Dies hindert nicht, daß dieselbe ökonomische Basis – dieselbe den Hauptbedingungen nach – durch zahllos verschiedne empirische Umstände, Naturbedingungen, Racenverhältnisse, von außen wirkende geschichtliche Einflüsse usw., unendliche Variationen und Abstufungen in der Erscheinung zeigen kann, die nur durch die Analyse dieser empirisch gegebnen Umstände zu begreifen sind (Marx 1969: 799f). Continue reading Klassentheorien – Die letzten 50 Jahre

Nazis, anti-smoking campaign and the Marshall plan for Germany

taken from: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/07/the-nazis-forgotten-anti-smoking-campaign/373766/

Nazi Germany’s well-known obsession with creating a master Aryan race led to many atrocities. But from these same sinister motives came research that may have had health benefits for the German people during World War II—studies on the dangers of smoking that led to the most advanced anti-tobacco campaign of its time. Unfortunately, the campaign was only concerned with protecting the health of Aryan Germans…  Continue reading Nazis, anti-smoking campaign and the Marshall plan for Germany

collage and copyright

Taken from: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/04/arts/design/04marclay.html?_r=0

Christian Marclay, the wizardly visual artist, composer and appropriator has done it again, and then some. “The Clock,” his latest excursion into extreme editing and radical sampling, is a 24-hour timepiece that ticks off the minutes — and sometimes the seconds — of a full day, using thousands of brilliantly spliced-together film clips from all kinds of movies. All of them feature clocks or watches or people announcing the time, or more obliquely conjure up the passage of time…  Continue reading collage and copyright