(second block, fourth letter of the prisoners' quadratic tap code...)

...am here to tap through the walls.

Fri Jun, 09 2006

The Delusion Of Recruiting Delusions

Wendy quotes Jim Peron, and I excerpt:

"If libertarians are serious about advancing liberty (which is an open question I think) they would discuss how to take advantage of this shift on the Left to recruit these people to liberty."
This is the central delusion of all those who I see lately even entertaining the idea of somehow aligning with the left. Look: no matter what else, those people will never, at root, relinquish a basic totalitarian grasp on the material bases of human life: the whole economic aspect of their leftism; the thing that makes them "of the left". If they seem attractive to "libertarians" because of their "civil liberties" mouthings, it's because they have no basic regard for ideas, and that's why they're happy to grant "freedom" to so-called "intellectual" spheres. But look; this is all infatuation: a reification of one aspect of character into the whole character, and I'm here to tell you that it's a drastic mistake at this or any point in American politics. Peron suggests that "libertarians ought to be spending more time talking to the Left and less time talking to the Right."

I ask, about what? I need to agree with them that U.S. foreign policy is as fucked-up as a football-bat and that there are enormous domestic implications? Not bloody likely. I don't need them to ratify my own judgment in the matter. What I might need from them would be, say, a basic common-sense endorsement of the principle of private property, and they're never going to do that. Do you understand? That's why they're on "the left", and until they're not, there is nothing serious to "talk" with them about.


Various guitars I see floating by, mostly Gibson and mostly eBay.

Early Norlin ES-335 -- 1970, in Walnut ("ES-335TDW"). This is a period-piece look and feel, and arguably the sound as well but that's to cut things very finely. A "classic" 335 would be the original of 1958 in the Sunburst or Natural finish, or the Cherry Red of 1959; the Walnut of 1970 (second year of that finish offering) is not really a "classic" 335. In the history of the Gibson aesthetic, this is analogous to, say, vertically-striped polyester bell-bottoms or Bahama Blue shag carpeting. None of this is to say that they're not cool guitars, and this is a nice one. Excellent photographs.

Chrome hardware, featuring the trapeze tailpiece (like my L-47 and I've always liked it) and ABR-1 bridge with period-typical nylon saddles. Bound rosewood fretboard, with small block markers, and then the crown inlay at the machine head. These would be the T-top Humbuckers. Vintage Nazis would moan that the upper bouts are pointy (the body templates were wearing-out in the factory) and the fourteen-degree machine head with the volute signals a sometimes not-fun era of the line, but these things really do rock or moan or whatever you want a 335-type semi-hollow to do. ...which, of course, is because it really is a 335.

In the months since I've let AxeBites languish all to bleedin' hell, Gibson's Robot Guitar technology has sifted out to other models than the original Les Paul application. I don't know how it's going: I still haven't even seen one of these self-tuners. I don't see piles of them burning on the sides of the highway, nor reverent hangings in display cases over bars, so who knows? This 2008 Robot SG is ready to rock in the Metallic Red. Nickel hardware; it's the stoptail wired for data to send to the tuners, with dual Humbuckers. It's a bound rosewood fretboard, but I really like the single-bound machine head with the crown inlay. That's a real cool old-school look, right there, to set off that crazy-ass color. {nod}