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Joakim Dahlqvist (M, 44)
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    "Is global emancipation a lost cause? Are universal values outdated relics of an earlier age? In the postmodern world, ideologies of all kinds have been cast in doubt. In this combative new work, renowned theorist Slavoj Zizek takes on the reigning postmodern agenda with a manifesto for several "lost causes." From a provocative redemption of Heidegger's engagement with the Third Reich as "a right step in the wrong direction," to reasserting class struggle as the underlying reality of global capitalism, to a defense of the emancipatory legacy of Christianity against New Age spiritualism, Zizek confronts the failures of contemporary theory and proposes unexpected resolutions."

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    Fri, Jul 13, 2007  Permanent link
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    "The cause which is blocking all progress today is the subtle scepticism which whispers in a million ears that things are not good enough to be worth improving. If the world is good we are revolutionaries, if the world is evil we must be conservatives."

    "Every one of the great revolutionists, from Isaiah to Shelley, have been optimists. They have been indignant, not about the badness of existence, but about the slowness of men in realizing its goodness."

    "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected."

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton
    Fri, Jul 13, 2007  Permanent link

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    A French political group working for the recognition and rights of immigrants. Presence is everything - "Whomever is here is from here"

    Alex Standish - Let's remake America the 'Land of the Free
    Sun, Jun 24, 2007  Permanent link

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    "How to step outside of this ideological space when the very idea of some non-ideological space is the most ideological illusion of all?"
    Wed, Jun 20, 2007  Permanent link

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    I started this blog a with some videos from the democratic revolution in Nepal. Largely ignored in Western media, it proves that freedom is taken not given.

    There are some battles to be won on Earth before we can venture out into the Universe.

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    "The moral rejection of doping cannot be explained by that fact that someone simply broke a rule or that it may be unhealthy. The moralisation of the debate is based on a strange understanding of ‘natural’ performance. Considering that human performance – and human life in general – is all about continuously going beyond natural barriers and physical limits, to define doping as unnatural or as a form of cheating is absurd."

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    Map of Africa - Bone


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    Justice - Phantom (Part I)


    Electrelane - To The East


    Love is All - Busy Doing Nothing


    Fri, May 25, 2007  Permanent link

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    "The prevailing sense of diminished subjectivity is underwritten by a distinct code about the workings of human behaviour and personhood. Every culture provides a set of ideas and beliefs about the nature of human beings and what constitutes their personhood. Our ideas about what we can expect from one another, how we handle uncertainty and change, deal with adversity and pain and how we view history are underpinned by the particular account that a culture offers about personhood and the human potential.

    The defining feature of the current Western 21st-century version of personhood is its vulnerability. Although society still upholds the ideals of self-determination and autonomy the values associated with them are increasingly overridden by a more dominant message that stresses the quality of human weakness. The model of human vulnerability and powerlessness is transmitted through powerful ideas that call into question people’s capacity to assume a measure of control over their affairs. Social commentators regularly declare that we live in the era of the ‘death of the subject’, ‘the death of the author’, ‘decentred subject’, ‘end of history’ or ‘end of politics’. Such pessimistic accounts of the human potential inform both intellectual and cultural life in the West. They provide cultural legitimation for the downsizing human ambition.

    It is perverse that twenty-first century society, which relies so much on human ingenuity and science also encourages deference to Fate. At a time of widespread disenchantment with the record of humanity’s achievements, it is important to restore confidence in the capacity of people to reason and influence the course of events. This is a challenge that confronts everyone who upholds a human-centred orientation towards the world. This task may appear as a modest one compared to the grand visions of the past but in our anti-humanist pre-political era its realisation is a precondition for the restoration of a climate hospitable to politics.

    The reconstitution of the sense of agency and of historical thinking is the pre-requisite for the reengagement of the public with political life. That requires that we uphold humanity’s past achievements, including standards of excellence and civilised forms of behaviour and values. Far from representing a yearning for the good old days, overcoming our alienation from the legacy of human achievement helps us deal with the issues thrown up by change. It is through drawing on the achievements of the past that we can embrace change with enthusiasm.

    Promoting a consistent belief in human potential underpins progressive thought. A human-centred view of the world recognises that people can be destructive and that conflicts of interests can lead to devastating outcomes. However, the negative and sometimes horrific experiences of the past two centuries, up to and including the Holocaust, are not the price of progress, but of the lack of it. Contemporary problems are not the result of applying reason, science and knowledge, but of neglecting them and thwarting the human potential."

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