notes dec 24

December 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

since statistics follow by weeks or months from reality, where are we in the economy really? Our local Chevy dealer closed today for good.

    Raw notes.

    By Lawrence Lessig | Newsweek Web Exclusive

    Dec 23, 2008


    Economic growth requires innovation. Trouble is, Washington is practically designed to resist it. Built into the DNA of the most important agencies created to protect innovation, is an almost irresistible urge to protect the most powerful instead.

    The FCC is a perfect example.

    Reading hHarrison forests exensive quotes and notes.


    Tragedy reveals itself as a fatal collision between divergent laws pp

    The three universal institutions, religion, metra money and burial of the day.

    Comment: if we see this as including science it suggests a balance than we do not have: science, matrimony, and death.

    And because in such a case the nature of the human mind leaves it to attribute his own nature to the effect.

    A father who communicated by means of celestial signs


    Aristotle the distinction between foreign and matter is logical, not ontological

    Nietzsche and the birth of tragedy, tragic wisdom had given way to the claims the Socratic philosophy, it’s love of an abstract, nostalgic wisdom that looked to contemplation, not suffering, for fulfillment turning against the vegetative and animal origins of life, Socrates idealized and formalized the essence of truths. Page 38

    David Attenborough in his book Tthe First Eden, quote

    ” to them [the Romans] it seemed that nature could be ravaged and plundered as a man wished. They saw no reason why men should not take what they wanted as often as they wanted. The state gave legal title to underdeveloped land to anyone who cleared the forest. As the human population around the Mediterranean grew, some more and more of the forests that had filled with green were destroyed… When states wants to war, entire forests were devastated to provide the army’s with vehicles and the navy’s with ship. So, as the classical empires sprint from the east and west along the Mediterranean and north into Europe the forests were demolished. Page 56

    Knight’s adventure

    The Christian revolution in the last puts an end to tragedy has the highest form of wisdom, for Christianity, like Plato promises of the happy ending.

    Only an alienated nature seeks adventure

    For the knights of medieval romance are the bottom wild man who h periodically return to the forests in order to rediscover within themselves the alienated source of their prowess. Page 66

    They seek him where he is not to be found paid 67

    ave become heroes of the social order, yet who must

    It is as if the chivalric champions of the social order must lose themselves

    Without in order to find themselves within, thereby

    Regenerating the forces that defend the social order.


    Just as commonly turns a situation upside down in order and eventually to set it right again, .. stories that unmasks the travesty of justice typically and with reconciliations that vindicate the outlaws faith in justice. Almost all the medieval outlaw stories possess a happy ending that reveals to what extent they in fact reaffirm the founding principles of the social order. Page 80

    tragic wisdom gives way to comic heroism.


    The dark forest is not a refuge from the law’s injustice but an allegory for Christian guilt. Page 81

    The forest stands for the secular world as a whole deprived of gods light

    It is precisely because Dante is moving in a straight line that he loses himself in the “selva ovscura.” How does done to get out? The Poem does not tell us.

    ” moving slowly through the country” Canto 28

    In Christianity as vision of redemption the entire earth and all of its nature become such a park were artificial means it’s complete Rehumanization page 86

    According to Christianity the process of redemption involves the redemption of the earth as a whole, not merely its transcendence. Page 87


    Orlando furioso


    The remarkable topical inversion that we find in the work of Shakespeare: the savagery that once traditionally belonged to the forests now lurks in the hearts of men – civic man.

    The comic patterns we already outlined: disguise, reversals, and a general confusion of the laws, categories, and principles of identity that govern ordinary reality. Page 100

    Tragedy,not meerly as a genre but above all as an insight, becomes possible once again with Shakespeare page 101

    Historically speaking the end of the Christian era is a prolonged an indefinite event it represents an inherent in itself – and Shakespeare certainly did not see the end of it himself. What he did see, however, was the shadow of its dissolution lurking in the hearts of civic heroes.


    From par one of the discourse

    These ancient cities that were once merely straggling villages and have become in the course of time great cities are commonly quite poorly laid out, compared to the us well worker towns and an engineer lays out on a vacant plane as it suits his fancy.

    This thought led to the domination of nature. Enlightenment is a project of detachment from the past – a way of thinking that detaches the present from tradition and projects it forward into an ideal secular future ideally governed by the law of reason page 114

    Book by le roy far as to management. He never once mentions the issue of wildlife. The forest as habitat has disappeared. The forest is conceived of in terms of timber. It becomes a calculable quantity.

    The United States has both a concept of forest as resource and the forest as sanctuary.

    Comment: We knew of the forests being cut in Indonesia and we knew of the bottles the Pacific. We knew of the torture and the dying and the jails.

    Rousseau page 127

    What is still more grievous is that, since all the progress of the human race continues to move it farther away from its original state, the more new knowledge we amass, the more we deprive ourselves of the means of acquiring the most important knowledge of will, and in a sense, it is by studying man that we have made ourselves unable to know him. Page 127

    If human nature can not be empirically demonstrated, it may nevertheless the truthfully intuited

    Conrad page 133.

    The 19th century remains the most modern century to date, a vision of future alternatives which history for some reason never fulfilled.

    Western nihilism page 138

    On irony

    Marlow is a man for whom the irony is a rotten fruit that he is forced to bite into, four there is nothing else to feed on at this extremity of knowledge. Irony is the innermost truth of a civilization that knows how to live. Page 141

    Conrad’s heart of darkness -part of the forests within and without danish exposes nihilism not so much is this effort read and read them like Keith the humane of us choose of colonialism, but is the absence of redemptive the idea and the west’s conquest of the earth.

    Ssc history in lit?

    ” there were no colonists: there administration was merely a squeeze, and nothing more I suspect. They were conquerors, and for that you want only four’s. But we modern Europeans are not like the romans in this respect. We do not have the serenity of mere conquerors for the history of Europe since roman antiquity has been predicated on faith and redemption, the devotion to the idea, the drive toward idealism, immorality of sacrifice. We are not romans because we have been christianized, spiritualiz
    ed, in turn. The romans had no need to leave, only to triumph. We are in the other hand are subject to ahistorical imperative that demands belief, even if it is no longer Christian belief. One way or another we must belief, even if it means to make believe. Hence a failure of faith in our case can only take the form of a corrosive irony. Page 143


    I humanism he means the form of cartesian as an. He was essentially the solution rationalized who discovered that the assumptions of nationalism were ultimately ungrounded. Page 145

    Nothing disquiet so rationalized more than the forest.

    Concludes that everything that exists -including human beings – exist de trop, in excess. In access, that is, of consciousness

    Comment: this is seen as a ugly but it could be beautiful. To know all would be a form of solipsism.


    Barth ote “the liteature of exhaustion.”



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    Reviewof treeofsmaoke, hgighly recommended.This is war as hallucination. It’s a story of the decomposition and degradation of the characters and, by implication, Vietnam. A relief worker named Kathy Jones, who is in love with Skip and is in many ways the moral center of the book, warns him that in Vietnam he will ask himself, “When did I die? And why is God’s punishment so cruel?” Several hundred pages later, the narrator says, “The life had worn her down,” and we see and feel Kathy coming apart. But most of all we see Skip unraveling. He begins the book as an earnest young man who believes all the CIA briefing books; by the end he is a wild outcast running guns in Southeast Asia. “I quit working for the giant-size criminals,” he says, “and started working for the medium size. Lousy hours and no fringe benefits, but the ethics are clearer.”

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    By the end of the book, the major characters are all broken by their versions of Vietnam addiction. “This place is Disneyland on acid,” says Sgt. Jimmy Storm, a particularly sadistic operative who is convinced that the Colonel is on the ultimate deception mission when he is actually dead. Before Skip spins out of control, he offers this verdict: “This isn’t a war. It’s a disease. A plague.” That is one of the most powerful themes of the book: Vietnam fed a national craving. We couldn’t get out, we couldn’t stay in; the war was controlling us rather than the other way around.

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    Let’s hear from a man who, for all his intellectual shortcomings, never said anything he didn’t mean. Ezra Pound wrote this in 1931:

    The individual cannot think and communicate his thought, the governor and legislator cannot act effectively or frame his laws without words, and the solidity and validity of these words is in the care of the damned and despised litterati …when their very medium, the very essence of their work, the application of word to thing goes rotten, i.e. becomes slushy and inexact, or excessive or bloated, the whole machinery of social and of individual thought and order goes to pot.

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    SAN ANTONIO — Sales are off and production is down, so workers at the Toyota Tundra truck factory here are taking classes: how to handle tools safely, how to get along better with colleagues of varying backgrounds. Some have even cleaned local parks and fed the hungry while collecting Toyota paychecks.

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