“ The weaknesses of the abstract materialism of natural science, a materialism which excludes the historical process, are immediately evident from the abstract and ideological conceptions expressed by its spokesmen whenever they venture beyond the bounds of their own speciality”
karl marx talking about people like dawkins and pinker a century before they were born
"In its foreign policy the government is pursuing peace in order to enter into commercial treaties with imperialist states; domestically, however, it is above all trying to bring about a suspension of militant communism, to usher in a period free of class conflict, to de-politicize the life of its citizens as much as possible. On the other hand, its youth is being put through “revolutionary” education in pioneer organisations, in the Komsomol, which means that they do not come to revolution as an experience but only as a discourse. An attempt is being made to arrest the dynamic of revolutionary progress in the life of the state – one has entered, like it or not, a period of restoration while nonetheless wanting to store up the revolutionary energy of the youth like electricity in a battery. It doesn’t work."
- Walter Benjamin, Moscow Diary, 30th December 1926 (via class-struggle-anarchism)
"the true task is not to uncover
… texture of drives that
precedes the Oedipal order
of the Law, but … to explain how,
out of this primordial chaos … the
Word (the symbolic Law) emerges."
- slavoj zizek (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
"To understand the commodity as a dialectical image is also to see the latter as a motif of the decline and ‘supersession’ of the commodity, rather than as its mere regression to an older stage. The commodity is, on the one hand, an alienated object in which use-value perishes, and on the other, an alien survivor that outlives its own im- mediacy. We receive the promise of immortality in commodities and not for people."
- From Adorno to Benjamin: Letters (via fromadornotobenjamin)
"No vision inspires the destructive character. He has few needs, and the least of them is to know what will replace what has been destroyed."
- Walter Benjamin 'Destructive Character' (via doesnotequal)
"God as the supreme
Creator is…the way “nothing-
ness” has to appear to us,
- zizek (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
"It is the realist’s imbecility, which does not pause to observe that nothing, however deep in the bowels of the earth a hand may seek to ensconce it, will ever be hidden there, since another hand can always retrieve it, and that what is hidden is never but what is missing from its place, as the call slip puts it when speaking of a volume lost in a library. And even if the book be on an adjacent shelf or in the next slot, it would be hidden there, however visibly it may appear. For it can literally be said that something is missing from its place only of what can change it: the symbolic. For the real, whatever upheaval we subject it to, is always in its place; it carries it glued to its heel, ignorant of what might exile it from it."
- Jacques Lacan, Seminar on Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” (via kanjaegerwerewolf)
so long, everything ok?
I’m fine, thank you for the concern! Just got tired of this, honestly, it made me lose too much time (and facebook already does just fine in matters of making me lose my time). Maybe I’ll start posting again one day if I feel like it.
When I wake up every morning
"the apocalyptic community of believers which lives in the emergency state of a “permanent revolution” is changed into an ideological apparatus legitimizing the normal run of things. The pressure of the Second Coming is eased, all we have to do is to lead our daily lives following the prescribed rules, and Salvation will come by itself."
- Zizek (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
"Kierkegaard may shout in warning: “If man had no eternal consciousness, if, at the bottom of everything, there were merely a wild, seething force producing everything, both large and trifling, in the storm of dark passions, if the bottomless void that nothing can fill underlay all things, what would life be but despair?” This cry is not likely to stop the absurd man. Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable. If in order to elude the anxious question: “What would life be?” one must, like the donkey, feed on the roses of illusion, then the absurd mind, rather than resigning itself to falsehood, prefers to adopt fearlessly Kierkegaard’s reply: “despair."
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
[And what is life but despair?]
"It is not by accident, because it couldn’t be otherwise, that by a bizarre stroke of luck we go through life without meeting anyone but the unhappy. One says to oneself that there must be happy people somewhere. Well then! unless you get that out of your head, you have understood nothing about psychoanalysis."
- Jacques Lacan
"At the core of humor, there is something very melancholic. It’s a very melancholic structure. But it is a joyful melancholy. One can recognize the piece of dirt that one happens to be, and laugh at it, and go on, continue, endure."
- Simon Critchley (via ludimagister)