Modern Oedipus

/ Kleptocracy /

Civilization commits its thefts in the dark: the dark of itself.

The senator sends Custer to do the rape, then Clem and Floyd quell the victim family. The right hand is ignorant, innocent, of what the left hand has done: and the left, the right.
That’s why, indignant, our righteousness a rage, we cry Black magic is afoot: the n-word (Bowdlerizing K. 2016 07 31) must be the devil, when we find our fingerprints on his neck.

The Greek gods made sure that Oedipus really didn’t know that he was the mf-word. But we have no need for gods. Man alone suffices.

2009 01 20 Oedipus references abound at K. and I’d been making them for half a century earlier. Only this week did I discover though that Milan Kundera’s fable The Unbearable Lightness of Being the protagonist makes some of the same points. In his case he says that the Communists, once they saw that they had fucked up, should, like Oedipus, have put out their own eyes. But they don’t, they entrench their bureaucracies. Kundera’s character’s later fate also parallels mine, the US revealing itself to be not much different from Czechoslovakia’s Soviet managers.


About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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