Wed Jan, 04 2012
"In Terms Of Centuries"
"And that you see no solution other than ruin."No, sir. That's quite incomplete. When we talk about "solution", it has to imply the effection of things that would actually make better human life practically possible. In politics, freedom is the whole answer, but politics is not the whole of culture. Now, within the constraint of politics, the theory and practice are actually quite simple: anything that is not freedom must be reversed. (Because of the state of philosophy now, there very probably must be a discussion of what freedom actually is, which will, at least as probably, devolve to metaphysics and the whole question of existence and identity. It should be short and to the point, however, with all bullshitter clowns relegated to the kids' playroom while the adults figure it out. Do you hear me in your grave Richard Rorty, you stoopid prancing piece of shit?)
Here is a very serious concern, to me: if all of American politics were sorted-out to my liking, instantly, I am not at all certain that there would actually be enough Americans who could live it. That once required a certain and historically unique grasp of values, which is quite -- quite -- beyond the competence of whole multitudes in my daily observation, now.
It's a very open question whether it's too late to save any of this. We'll be lucky if a small torch of American ethical theory burns anywhere through what might very well be coming: a Dark Age to revive the name -- and concept -- from recent revisions which attempt to deny that the last one ever really existed.
I'm not kidding when I scale this matter in terms of centuries. And that is part of why I view presidential elections as less than a drip off the end of my dick.