Archive | November 2016

Triangulation: or, why the moderate isn’t moderate.

I was reading an article by Thomas Frank in today’s Guardian: “How the democrats could win again, if they wanted” in the course of which he used a term unfamiliar to me in the context of political ideology: “triangulation”. It piqued my curiousity, given what we’ve been exploring about the tripartite logic of the mental-rational consciousness structure, expressed as dialectic, the pyramid of perception and the point-of-view consciousness structure. That is to say, that the ratio of rationality is a ratio of the three spaces — length, width, depth. Franks was asserting, largely, that the Democrats lost the election in the United States because of their penchant for “triangulation”. It was, for me, one of those Aha! moments, since this is exactly what I’ve denounced as “Third Way” politics of the kind practiced by Tony Blair and “New Labour” in the UK and which is passed off these days as “moderate” or “centrist”, but which is, in fact, elitist in those terms.

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The Paradox of the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is a giant egregore, or, to put that another way, a giant golem. The ideal of the Anthropocene is the perfect automaton, in fact, which advances in artificial intelligence may well soon achieve — the Anthropocene as a self-organising automaton. It is, in a way, the realised form of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster.

It is in that sense, also the realised form of near complete human self-alienation, a massive “projection” in that sense that grows in power to the same extent as the human form is depleted and emptied. And therein lies the grave danger and peril of our times that Walter Benjamin recognised in his essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction“,

“Mankind, which in Homer’s time was an object of contemplation for the Olympian gods, is now one for itself. Its self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as aesthetic pleasure of the first order. This is the situation of politics which Fascism is rendering aesthetic. Communism responds by politicizing art”

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Human Rights and “Inverted Totalitarianism”

Let me conclude the previous post on the breakdown of the dialectic with some additional paradoxes and consequences particularly as they pertain to “inverted totalitarianism”.

Orwell’s “Newspeak”, in 1984, is very clearly a case where thesis and antithesis come to mean one and the same thing: “Freedom is Slavery”, “War is Peace”, “Ignorance is Strength”, and so on. Ironically, there is a latent kernel of a paradoxical truth in this that is, nonetheless, opaque to the perspectivist consciousness, and again even here it needs to be born in mind that “only a hair separates the false from the true”. Newspeak would be totally ineffective if it was transparently all lie. It’s deceptive power and its duplicity lies precisely in its “truthiness” quality.

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