Wham Bang, Teatime. David Bowie piece by Ian Penman, tying up the books on Bowie this year. Examination of Bowie as “pop culture eschatology.” Too much to think about in just this one piece. Post it and let it stew. (I forgot I had Simon Reynold’s Shock and Awe squirreled away at work to buy when I might have extra cash.)
The Basic Instinct of Socialism. I’m still wrestling with my political identity. It’s been a lifetime of this. I’ve not read nearly as much serious theory as many of the Leftist folks I follow on Twitter. I’ve read a little Marx…. aaaaaaaand- that’s about it.1 The liberal label often stuck in my craw. I’m not clear on whether i embraced what I thought was liberalism because I didn’t know any better or if I ever was one. Economics was never strong passion of mine, but there’s no avoiding it anymore. What I was doesn’t much matter anymore. It’s how we get the fuck out of the mess we’re in. What Cooper wrote on democratic socialism works well enough today. Fuck capitalism. It’s a sucker’s game.
Trump rewards big donors with jobs and access. No surprise. He’s worse than Hillary would have been by a long shot. I just need to keep the link handy in case I get into an argument with that racist sexual predator who comes into the bookstore and yells for hours about shit like how someone needs to kill Obama. Yeah, really. Calling the Secret Service to report him would more likely result in me being fired, as we couldn’t even boot him for groping the women who worked there. This diabetic, asthmatic on disability and working illegally off the books has been on Cloud 9 in anticipation of all of the people Trump is going to “punish.” I’m actually friends with quite a few Trump voters, but this particular piece of shit exemplifies every gross stereotype made about them.
Trump is using federal contracts as a form of leverage. To be honest, I’m a little impressed by this innovation, even if it’s obvious that he’s going to use it entirely to enrich himself and his friends as he’s a corrupt piece of shit. Even better, Trump is going to fuck this up badly, because he’s a terrible businessman. For fuck’s sake, this is a man who genuinely believed Vince McMahon was blown up in in limousine in a pro-wrestling storyline and lost everything to a Japanese gambler who was murdered by the Yakuza. There’s a reason that there’s a team of bureaucrats who handle all of the tedious details of contracts. The military contractors are playing Trump now, letting him feel smart and powerful. They are going to rook the fuck out of that rube.
Since i swapped back to old blogging style of Fighting Against Making the Pie Higher, dumping a bunch of links in a post or two day, I pretty much abandoned categories and SEO tags. Orbis Quintus is far less visible on Google these days. There’s no audience for this blog anymore. There hasn’t been one for many years. That’s not much of a problem. It’s more of an open notebook these days than a platform for engagement with others. However, I do miss when random folks would pop in to add or correct something.
I’ve not been reading many blogs these days either. Some of the writers of my favorite blogs are on Twitter, but it’s easy to miss their posts because I get embroiled in playing spectator to absurdly hilarious meltdowns of centrist pundits and the Performative Woke gang. It’s a mistake that needs correcting.
- Oddly, Jesus has had greater influence on me than Marx, despite that I’ve never been indoctrinated into Christianity. [↩]