Hey all, I’m going to be travelling for a couple weeks out of the country. I’ll be out of contact so your comments may not show up on a timely basis and my replies will certainly be lacking.
I will be returning late September.
I have tried to prepare a few automated posts (short ones) to show up in my absence so enjoy that.
My reading list while I am away will be:
- The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins
- The Stranger by Albert Camus
- Commonwealth by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt
- The Fortress of Solitude by Johnathan Lethem
Talk to you again soon.
As a summer project for myself I have started reading Karl Marx’s Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Volume One. I picked up the Penguin Classics edition translated by Ben Fowkes. I’ve long been intimidated by the thick text and the reputation of being an incredibly complex read, but since leaving the throes of liberalism these past couple of years and finding clarity in Marxist ideologies I’ve also felt a responsibility to read and understand the book. Recently, I was lucky enough to see David Harvey speak at a leftist forum and during one of the panels he mentioned of his book A Companion To Marx’s Capital and I knew that this could be my opportunity finally conquer Marx’s magnum opus.
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Last week, a desperate and angry man killed himself and an office worker in an attack so reminiscent of 9/11 that it begs the questions, why is this man not considered a terrorist? Could it be that he didn’t kill enough people? Maybe that he’s white? Maybe it’s that he doesn’t seem to be of the Muslim faith? Maybe the Obama administration is terrified of the response should this be labeled such. Or perhaps, what I think is most likely the issue, it’s that the conservatives find sympathy not in the actions but in his cause and given the lack of blood this becomes palatable for them.
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