Literacy, Bureaucracy, and the Closing of the Savage Mind

Originally posted on kulturCritic:

The written word does not replace speech, any more than speech replaces gesture. But it adds an important dimension to much social action. This is especially true of the politico-legal domain, for the growth of bureaucracy clearly depends to a considerable degree upon the ability to control [non-kin] relationships by means of written communication. (Jack Goody

One thing that Russia lacks not is bureaucracy; lots and lots of bureaucracy, documented with documentation, itself filled with tables, calculations, stamps, and signatures, made official with notary seals and stitched bindings.  This is the world of the document, and the land of the written word.

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Alexander Dugin on Building the International Resistance


Attack the System: A New Anarchist Perspective for the 21st Century by Keith Preston

Originally posted on Attack the System:

“Politically, we have here an interesting basis for the conscious co-operation of the radical Left-wingers and the New Right, as well as with religious and other anti-modern movements, such as the ecologists and Green theorists, for example. The only thing that we insist on in creating such a pact of cooperation is to put aside anti-Communist, as well as anti-fascist, prejudice. These prejudices are the instruments in the hands of liberals and globalists with which they keep their enemies divided. So we should strongly reject anti-Communism as well as anti-fascism. Both of them are counter-revolutionary tools in the hands of the global liberal elite. At the same time, we should strongly oppose any kind of confrontation between the various religious beliefs – Muslims against Christians, the Jews against Muslims, the Muslims against Hindus and so on. The inter-confessional wars and tensions work for the cause of the Kingdom of the…

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RIP AAAARG.org/Fuck Verso

Originally posted on Magic Muscle Media:

Never forget that “radical publisher” Verso books threatened legal action to prevent people from accessing PDFs of their copyrighted material, and as a result thousands of critical theory texts once aggregated on aaaarg are now much harder to find.

Never buy another Verso book. Find them on the next incarnation of aaaarg or just shoplift them. Heckle their PR gurus when they host lectures.

Show no respect for private property.

From: Rowan Wilson
To: “someone@aaaarg.org”
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 12:10:25 +0000


Dear Sirs

It has come to our attention that you are hosting a website from which people can download illegally many of our copyrighted works:

We refer you to the url:


The books listed on this url include many of our titles by Slavoj Zizek, Jacques Ranciere, Alain Badiou, etc.

Rights to these works have been reserved by the publishers…

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“Did atheist philosopher see God when he ‘died’?” by William Cash

Originally posted on Various Enthusiasms:

National Post

March 3, 2001

“I haven’t told this to anybody before,” said Dr. Jeremy George, senior consultant in the Department of Thoracic Medicine at London University’s Middlesex Hospital. On the table in front of him were the official hospital notes of “Sir Alfred Ayer, date of birth 29/10/10, of 51 York Street, London, W1.”

We were discussing the incident of June, 1988, when the eminent 77-year-old British philosopher, arguably the most influential 20th century rationalist after Bertrand Russell, famously “died” in London University Hospital. His heart stopped for four minutes when he apparently choked on a slice of smoked salmon smuggled in by a former mistress.

Three months later, while recuperating at his house in the south of France, the atheist author of Language, Truth and Logic, whose more than 50-year career was devoted to ridiculing all metaphysical statements, especially all Christian doctrine, as nonsense, wrote a lengthy article…

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