August 25, 2015 at 1:29 pm (Uncategorized)
August 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm (Uncategorized)
As I Lay Dying: William Faulkner’s Irony and Wit
A short novel, written in six weeks on the night shift, As I Lay Dying presents the story of a dying mother, her death, and the tremendous struggle that her bereaved undertakes to fulfill her wish to be buried, far away in the place of her birth. In acquiescence to her wishes, the family undertake a long and difficult journey, by horse and a broken down cart, finally burying their mother’s body.
The novel is stylistically unique in that it presents individual chapters from the perspective of each of the characters. The first half of the novel unfolds under the heavy anticipation of the death of the mother, and of the preparations that are being undertaken in the wake of her immanent death. With her death, we are taken on an incredible journey, washed out roads, the ever stinking corpse, inevitable delays, through towns that are strange, ‘modern’, highlighting their own destitution.
The mother is buried, but it is only then we read the chapter which tells her story. Her narrative describes all the events taking place around her – but reveals the core futility of the entire situation, and all that has occurred, in light of her utter hatred towards her entire family and her disdain for all of their work and preparations.
The irony of the narrative, a tapestry of dutiful actions undertaken for the sake of an unattainable ideal, is shattered by the dark wit of a dying mother.
July 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm (Continental Philosophy, Death, freedom, Heidegger, philosophy, Radical Phenomenology, Spinoza, Temporality)
Tags: death, Epoche: A Journal of the History of Philosophy, freedom, Heidegger, James Luchte, monotheism, philosophy, Radical Phenomenology, Radical Temporalisation of Thought, Spinoza, The Death of God
July 12, 2015 at 6:56 pm (Anti-Austerity, Anti-Austerity UK, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Conservative Party, Labour Left, Plaid Cymru, SNP, The Green Party, Tories)
Tags: Anti-Austerity UK, democracy, Devolution, English Votes For English Laws, European Referendum, European Union, Family of Nation, fascism, Fox Hunting, Human Rights Act, One Nation Britain, Paralysis, Stagnation, Tories, Tory Government
The Tory Regime – A Government of Paralysis
Nearly two months after the Queen’s Speech, it has become all too clear that the Tory government is already in a state of paralysis. Central precepts of the Queen’s Speech have already been quietly abandoned.
The political earthquake of 2015 reverberated with the rise of multi-party politics in the UK, the decimation of the Labour Party in Scotland, the failure of Austerity Labour to reach disaffected Tories in England and the disillusion of the vast majority of the electorate with status quo politics. This disillusion was given expression in a fragmentation of voting demographics, which, due to the current voting system, was not reflected in the representational pattern in Parliament.
What we have been left with is a Conservative government with a slim majority. Yet, it is not the slim majority (obtained with a rather small percentage of the popular vote), that is the cause of the paralysis of the Tory government. The paralysis lies instead in the internal divisions within the Conservative Party itself.
To read the rest of the article, please visit The Tory Regime: A Government of Paralysis.
June 13, 2015 at 3:55 am (Uncategorized)
Insult to Injury: The Proposed “Wales Bill”
The Necessity of a Multi-Cultural Wales National Movement
Wylit, wylit, Lywelyn,
Wylit waed pe gwelit hyn.
Ein calon gan estron ŵr,
Ein coron gan goncwerwr,
A gwerin o ffafrgarwyr
Llariaidd eu gwên lle’r oedd gwŷr.
You would cry, you would cry, Llywelyn,
You would cry blood if you saw this.
Our hearts in the hands of a foreign man,
Our crown in the hands of a conqueror,
And a peasant-folk of favour givers
Meek their smile, where men used to be.
(Translated by Rhodri Evans)
——— Gerallt Lloyd Owen, ‘Fy Ngwlad’ or ‘My Country.’
The offer in the Wales Bill of the powers over the ports, regulation of taxis (not taxes one should note well) and sewage is a provocative and intentional insult to the people of Wales.
Yet, it is certain that Plaid Cymru – the Party of Wales, the only viable opposition to the Westminster parties (Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP) will not be able to be elected into government in a predominately English speaking population as Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales is perceived as a party of Welsh speakers.
We already know moreover that the current Constitutional Arrangement of the United Kingdom is an injustice against the people of Wales, whether the current population wish to acknowledge this fact or not – and irrespective of one’s first language. So, the issue of the independence or at least the homerule of Wales concerns everyone.
Indeed, from the results of the most recent General Election, it would seem that the majority of the population of Wales were afraid to “rock the boat” (having been bribed by the Labour administration to stay the course with such amenities as free health care and the subsidisation of Higher Education) or, become a “little less well behaved” as suggested by Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales.
There also appear to be others who are not only held captive, in a sort of “Stockholm Syndrome”, a malady in which the captive begins to identify, psychoanalytically, with the captor, but are also outright racists. It is ironic that the words of Plaid MP Candidate Mike Parker turned out to be true, and once again, truth is the first casualty as the people living in Wales voted for UKIP in more numbers than Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales itself.
To read the rest of the article, please visit ‘Insult to Injury: The Proposed ‘Wales Bill’.
June 13, 2015 at 1:02 am (Aesthetics, deconstruction, French Revolution, Holderlin, philosophy, Poetry, Revolution, Romanticism, Temporality)
Tags: Adorno, ancient greek philosophy, Benjamin, constructivism, death, deconstruction, Derrida, Foucault, Heidegger, Holderlin, Mortality, Nietzsche, nihilism, philosophy, Poetics, poetry, Romanticism
Mortal Thought will be published in 28 July 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing.
Holderlin and Philosophy
Mortal Thought explores the radical philosophical innovations of the poet-philosopher Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) and their seminal influence upon philosophy from the 19th century to the present day. The study casts into relief Hölderlin as a tragic philosopher in the age of romanticism, responsible, according to Foucault, for the radical ‘return of time’ to Western thought. Beginning with the point of departure of Hölderlin in Kant and the post-Kantian debates, Luchte explores the emergence of Hölderlin as poet-philosopher and revolutionary, his influence upon the four dominant strands of Continental philosophy – Nietzsche, Heidegger, Critical Theory and post-structuralism – and his relevance for our own era.
May 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm (Uncategorized)
Give The Left A Chance: Reflections on “The Longest Suicide Note In History” – Labour’s 1983 Manifesto
May 18, 2015 at 10:07 pm (Anti-Austerity, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Bataille, British Politics, Cameron, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, Chomsky, Creativity, deconstruction, Deleuze, Democratic Community)
Tags: Anti-Austerity Movement, Anti-Austerity UK, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, GMO, IMF, Labour Party, Michael Foot, NATO, TTIP, United Kingdom
The poetic cliché that “history repeats itself” has turned into parody and farce in the current leadership selection process in the Labour Party in which various right wing candidates, like brands of dish soap, vie against each other in a boring and meaningless spectacle.
This essay is published in Daily Wales: News for a Sovereign Nation, 19/05/2015
The parody and farce of the situation is manifest – a “Labour” Party in which the leadership selection process involves neither workers nor advocates of workers. The necessity of the intervention by Len McCluskey, a union leader, merely exacerbates the farce. But, no one in our corporate headline media will look at this process outside of the box.
The box is simply placed upon our heads and we are given a fait accompli which is a forced choice between different brands of the same corruption of the Labour Party. But, how many times have we been here before? The Left & the Right, the continuous and methodical divestment from the union movement and ordinary Labour Party members who are given the unenviable position of advocacy for something in which they no longer believe – all choice in politics becomes a forced choice if we do not have representation.
The current government has a mandate, an elective dictatorship for five years based upon 37% of the electoral vote. Very few of us were in any way involved in the selection processes of the leaders and thus our votes are merely a rubber stamping process, the criterion for which is an impressionistic sensibility disseminated by the information industrial complex.
Vague impressions, innuendo, brother stabs brother in the back, sick child, archetypes, corporate control, the manufacturing of control through distraction and superficiality. The problem is that we as humans in post-modern society live in a world of poetic clichés, inside a mythology of ghosts and innuendo. Old Labour, New Labour – clichés, stereotypes, misunderstandings, distortions and lost/missed opportunities.
The Left has never been given a chance, except for the catastrophe of 1983. But, in itself, the loss of Michael Foot means nothing. Should we talk about the interference in Wilson’s Labour government by the United States and the subservience of the United Kingdom to America ever since? Or, is that not allowed, outside of the box, extremist propaganda. But, outside the box is the truth, the perspective to see things as they are.
To read the rest of the article, please visit Give the Left a Chance.
May 11, 2015 at 11:43 pm (#ToryRegime, Anti-Austerity, Anti-Austerity UK, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Deconstructon, Green Party, Left Unity UK, Peoples Assembly, Plaid Cymru, Red Labour, Regime Change, Resistance, SNP, Tory Regime, Truth Event, United Kingdom)
Tags: #ProgressiveAlliance, #ToryRegime, Adorno, Anti-Austerity Movement, Anti-Austerity UK, Anti-Austerity UK Alliance, Bataille, Cameron, Coalition Government, dadaism, deconstruction, Deleuze, European Left, Human Rights Act, Iain Duncan Smith, Progressive Alliance, Tory Regime, Truth Event, UK Left