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Chinese Anarchy

The obscurity of Chinese anarchism is a remarkable facet of our present circumstances, for this topic provides a gateway into an especially marvellous dimension of geohistory. Aside from a few books by Peter Zarrow there isn’t much literature on this … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s East Coast

(this was a public lecture given at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai, on Wednesday October 17th, 2018) Travel is getting more popular these days. People are moving around more than ever before. We could say the tourism industry is “booming”. … Continue reading

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Horticultural Aesthetics

Poetry is the secret sap of political relations.  No one ever “has“ that power, which can only be suffered.  The Hellenized Jews called their political suffering the Mysteries. In those ceremonial dramas they chose the destiny of man. The influence … Continue reading

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Mood Play

The anthropologist Paul Rabinow distinguishes the moods of irony, tragedy, pathos, and comedy. This fourfold schema can account for what happens at the limits of industrial society where mere consumerism gives way to aesthetic experience. Where industrial subjects are represented … Continue reading

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Adventure Language

The Greek ‘symbolon’ was an object used in economic transactions. It’s two halves were broken apart and reunited when the terms of a contract were completed. Following this model, the term symbolism then refers to the intricate fitting of contours … Continue reading

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Drunken Discourse

The eyes and mouth are too slow for this virtual world, and so we seek a quicker soul. The poetry of suffering has no time for discussion, proofs or debates. There is only time to get on the fake wig … Continue reading

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Vulgar Modernity

Vulgarization provides an antidote to certain insecurities which trouble intellectuals. It responds to feelings of insularity, claustrophobia, incest, and impotence; fears that intellectual projects are “merely intellectual”, and don’t participate in any wider world beyond the limited intimacy of private … Continue reading

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