Monthly Archives: October 2015

Conventional Blasphemy

/ Reality / I recently reflected on the blasphemy of Dante pretending to know what hell is like in his Inferno: now I want to track a few tangents. There it was / Literature /; here it’s / Social Epistemology … Continue reading

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Government

/ Kleptocracy / @ K. 1999 Government: The Thief In Chief The more important, the more fundamental, the subject the more likely the treatment is to be inadequate. That’s certainly true of this my treatment, but understand, my subject, my … Continue reading

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Kleptocratic Structures

/ Kleptocracy / “Live” TV has a seven second delay between the camera’s recording and the network’s transmission. The excuse is so that virginal ears and eyes can be protected from vulgar slips. Rationalization is easy. Just notice: nonetheless: that … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving ’01

/ Kleptocracy / @ K. Nov 2001 Thanksgiving: a Holy Day for Kleptocracy Thanksgiving, today, the third Thursday of 2001, this first instance of this particular secular holiday of the new millennium. Going way back, the church assumed the right … Continue reading

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Immigrants

/ Kleptocracy / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore Emma Lazarus Popular Columbia history prof, (the late) James Shenton used to quote that Lazarus fragment, then translate: “Hello, Garbage.” The test I plan for this module will include as … Continue reading

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Katch-22

/ Kleptocracy / Kleptocracy’s Catch-22 Judaism has it that God sends messages to his chosen people. The people he chose, according to the Jews, (according to the Jews) go way out of their way not to listen. Christianity has it … Continue reading

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Pay Back

/ Kleptocracy / If you spill hot coffee all over yourself in your own kitchen, you’re merely burned. If you do it moments after having forked money for the coffee over to MacDonald’s, a jury may compensate you with millions … Continue reading

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