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Dick

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What attracted you so much to Dick?

 

CARRÈRE

 

For me, he’s the Dostoyevsky of the twentieth century, the guy who understood it all. Actually, I am struck by his posthumous life—not only all the movies based on his books, but all the movies that aren’t, like The Matrix, The Truman Show, and Inception, that show reality disappearing behind its representation. It used to bother me that all these people didn’t admit their debt to Dick. But in the end, I think it’s great. What twenty years ago we called the world of Philip K. Dick is now just the world. We don’t need to cite him anymore. He’s won

Appiah urges readers to see the multiplicities of our identities, which both define our individuality and describe a commonality.

adumbration

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noun.

a shadow or faint image of something:In the south, where the Tibetan plateau begins its gradual rise, we can just glimpse the hazy adumbration of its mountains above the undulating horizon

Portuguese cheese lingo.

curado: aged
queijo: cheese
queijo fresco: fresh cheese


https://delishably.com/dairy/Portuguese-Cheese
cabra: goat
ovelha: sheep
leite: milk
vaca: cow

We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology. We thrash about. We are terribly confused by the mere fact of our existence, and a danger to ourselves and to the rest of life,” EO Wilson

Obloquy & a long list of synonyms

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ob·lo·quy

/ˈäbləkwē/

noun

strong public criticism or verbal abuse.

"he endured years of contempt and obloquy"

Similar:

vilification

opprobrium

vituperation

condemnation

castigation

denunciation

abuse

criticism

censure

flak

defamation

denigration

disparagement

derogation

slander

revilement

reviling

calumny

calumniation

execration

excoriation

lambasting

upbraiding

bad press

character assassination

attack

invective

libel

insults

aspersions

mudslinging

bad-mouthing

tongue-lashing

stick

verbal

slagging off

contumely

animadversion

objurgation

Opposite:

praise

disgrace, especially that brought about by public abuse.

“A Punishing American Zeitgeist”​ | An Interview with Nikhil Pal Singh

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Link to a reprise of the Trumpian phenomenon and a caution to us all against apathy and under estamating the peril we are still in.

Another figure who rises in that moment, and who remains central within Trump’s orbit, is Rudy Giuliani, who became mayor of New York in the 1990s after, interestingly enough, leading a riot of mostly off-duty New York policemen on the steps of City Hall to protest the Dinkins administration’s plans for an all-civilian police review board. Talk about an echo. The police riot at City Hall launched Giuliani into the NYC Mayor’s office. There he was again before the riot at the Capitol on stage with Trump calling for a “trial by combat.”

 

Karl Polanyi’s Great Transformation and the Counter Movement to Capitalism

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From:  Karl Polanyi’s Great Transformation and the Countermovement to Capitalism

The outright abolition of democracy was the fascist project. In Polanyi’s view, it aimed to overcome society’s division into economic and political spheres by subordinating politics (democracy) to the unconstrained rule of capital. 

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Polanyi argued that democracy was not a political regime of capitalist society. Rather, democracy and capitalism were separate systems, pulling in opposite directions.

Research on Insurrection

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Mike Davis Riot on the Hill:

https://newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/riot-on-the-hill

. What was essentially a big biker gang dressed as circus performers and war-surplus barbarians – including the guy with a painted face posing as horned bison in a fur coat – stormed the ultimate country club, squatted on Pence’s throne, chased Senators into the sewers, casually picked their noses and rifled files and, above all, shot endless selfies to send to the dudes back home. Otherwise they didn’t have a clue. 

Rebecca Solnit in Lithub:

"Rebecca Solnit: When the President of Mediocrity Incites an Insurrection"    January 7, 2021

The last four years have been dominated by Trump and Trumpists throwing tantrum after tantrum about the possibility that their entitlement might eventually run into limits. 

There are no identity politics more passionate (and sulky) than straight white Christian-identified male politics

 

Equivacation

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the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself; prevarication.

"I say this without equivocation"

Détournement

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From Wikipedia

It has been defined elsewhere as "turning expressions of the capitalist system and its media culture against itself"—as when slogans and logos are turned against their advertisers or the political status quo