Archive | October 2011

The Convivium

The Latin word “convivium” means a feast, banquet, or party. It is formed by the combination of the prefix con (or com) signifying “with”, (or “together”, “altogether”) and the verb vivere meaning “to live”.  Read More…


#Occupy Wall Street: The Process is the Programme

New York City’s re-baptised “Liberty Plaza”, formerly known as Zuccotti Park, has been receiving visitors from the “indignados” of Spain offering counsel. It has received Arab representatives from Egypt’s Tahrir Square offering encouragement. These are people who are already passing through the historical crucible of our contemporary world revolution and becoming contemporaries and “presences” (and presents) to each other in the process. Read More…

Faking It At The End of History, III

In The B.S. Factor (and the social implications of the theory and practice of fakery that we have been unpacking over the previous two posts) the author, Arthur Herzog, makes the all important observation that when faking it becomes the norm of conduct and of the public discourse then “[t]ruth and lies become indistinguishable”. That statement is the single idea that rules Herzog’s book. This is also the deeper significance of Stephen Colbert’s use of the term “truthiness”. Truthiness means neither true nor false, but both at once. Read More…

Faking It At the End of History, II

I left off the last post on “the culture of lying” and the practice of faking it with the suggestion that we need to understand how and why the culture of lying and Mr. Herzog’s ubiquitous “B.S. Factor” originated. This seems necessary following the premiss that we don’t know where we are going unless we know where we have been. If there is a resolution to the crisis of our time (which is fundamentally a crisis of consciousness and concomitantly also a crisis of values and truth) then we have to know how this situation came about. For we are now well into Nietzsche’s prophesied “two centuries of nihilism”.
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Faking It At The End of History

“I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands” — The Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want
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