Monday, June 11, 2012

I'm closer to the Golden Dawn

Overheard: Lawrence Wiener on Documenta
Let's drop all this bullshit about democracy. People come to dOCUMENTA to discover something. As an artist, I hope to go back to my studio having been influenced by what I saw. Otherwise, what's the fucking point?.
He's attacking one form of decadence by exemplifying another.
It makes sense that Graham Harman is a participant

And now NewAPPS makes everything easy.
Protevi calls this fascist:


[the trailer he linked to was removed when the film was delayed.] 

Cogburn celebrates this:
"Bowie understood Ray Bradbury. For all the suffering it entails, it is still infinitely better to be Martian than caveman."

...yes I believe very strongly in fascism. The only way we can speed up the sort of liberalism that's hanging foul in the air... is a right-wing totally dictatorial tyranny...' In that same interview Bowie claimed that 'Adolf Hitler was one of the first rock stars.'
I'd known he gave money to the BNP [as a friend reminds me, the NF] in the early 70's but I didn't know he stayed with it as late as 1976. I've gone after them before when they've celebrated Bowie; I didn't expect a change. At least one of them refers to him with false familiarity as David.  The ideological armor of fandom.]

"The return to metaphysics" is a return to theology as science, to 13th century scholasticism, to fantasies of truth.

"If the anthropocentric civilization of the Renaissance is headed, as it seems to be, for a 'Middle Ages in reverse' -a Satanocracy"
Erwin Panofsky [google site search for the quote.]

"...religious belief is not required, but at most just that self-evident religio without which there is no desire for knowledge, not even the desire for atheism."
Hermann Broch [ditto]

Hunky Dory is the most honest depiction of fascist romance of the post-war era.

"Quicksand"
I'm closer to the Golden Dawn
Immersed in Crowley's uniform
Of imagery
I'm living in a silent film
Portraying
Himmler's sacred realm
Of dream reality
I'm frightened by the total goal
Drawing to the ragged hole
And I ain't got the power anymore
No I ain't got the power anymore

I'm the twisted name
on Garbo's eyes
Living proof of
Churchill's lies
I'm destiny
I'm torn between the light and dark
Where others see their targets
Divine symmetry
Should I kiss the viper's fang
Or herald loud
the death of Man
I'm sinking in the quicksand
of my thought
And I ain't got the power anymore

CHORUS
Don't believe in yourself
Don't deceive with belief
Knowledge comes
with death's release

I'm not a prophet
or a stone age man
Just a mortal
with the potential of a superman
I'm living on
I'm tethered to the logic
of Homo Sapien
Can't take my eyes
from the great salvation
Of bullshit faith
If I don't explain what you ought to know
You can tell me all about it
On, the next Bardo
I'm sinking in the quicksand
of my thought
And I ain't got the power anymore.


From Magda Goebbels' last letter to her eldest son
I took the children with me, for they are too good for the life that would follow, and a merciful God will understand me when I will give them the salvation ... The children are wonderful ... there never is a word of complaint nor crying. The impacts are shaking the bunker. The elder kids cover the younger ones, their presence is a blessing and they are making the Führer smile once in a while. May God help that I have the strength to perform the last and hardest. We only have one goal left: loyalty to the Führer even in death. Harald, my dear son — I want to give you what I learned in life: be loyal! Loyal to yourself, loyal to the people and loyal to your country ... Be proud of us and try to keep us in dear memory ...
"Kooks"
Will you stay in our Lovers' Story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing.


Daniel Callahan
Though unfamiliar to most scientists and the general public, the term expresses a cultural problem that caught my eye. It occurs in an article written by the late Protestant moral theologian Paul Ramsey in 1976 as part of a debate with a Jesuit theologian, Richard McCormick. McCormick argued that it ought to be morally acceptable to use children for nontherapeutic research, that is, for research with no direct benefit to the children themselves and in the absence of any informed consent. Referring to claims about the “necessity” of such research, Ramsey accused McCormick of falling prey to the “research imperative”, the view that the importance of research could overcome moral values.

That was the last time I heard of the phrase for many years, but it informs important arguments about research that have surfaces with increasing force of late. It captures, for instance, the essence of what Joshua Lederberg, a Nobel laureate for his work on genetics and president emeritus of Rockefeller University once remarked to me: “The blood of those who will die if biomedical research is not pursued will be upon the hands of those who don’t do it."
That's fascism too.

The man on the left is James Watson.

As always, it's all in the paper, linked on the right of this page.