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Get engaged! Lost cause, ok, but even then, for inspiration, read Zizek on the subject, take inspiration, and get engaged. Whatever your ideological predilictions (and mine are pretty well known...but I accept that we have differences), get off the internet and get to your local and get engaged.

Speaking of which, I've shortly to get off to my own, where we appear for cantonales to have finally reached an agreement with one of the major left parties here in France who is outside of our grouping to present a common list. A high score equals a more credible voice, and a common voice, this is important too, even if you are using like me the electoral process as an extension of protest, an extension of the domain of struggle.

Get to it all, there's work to be done!

by redstar on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 09:48:05 AM EST
by redstar on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 10:24:38 AM EST
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Ah, okay

The phenomenal Slavoj Zizek TLS

... As with existentialism, the precise content of the redemptive event, as opposed to the miraculous fact of its occurrence, is not always the main point at stake. Žižek agrees with Badiou that it is better to cling disastrously to such a revelation of truth than to remain indifferent to it, which is surely not the case. There is nothing admirable in fidelity for its own sake. Luke-warmness is not the most heinous of crimes. ...


Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 10:35:04 AM EST
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Luke-warmness is not the most heinous of crimes.
Apparently both Žižek and Saint John agree it is. Revelation 3:16 - Passage Lookup - New International Version, ©2010 - BibleGateway.com
So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.


Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 10:39:31 AM EST
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lack of engagement....
by redstar on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 10:48:21 AM EST
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Jim Hightower:
"The only thing in the middle of the road are yellow stripes and dead armadillos".

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Sat Jan 15th, 2011 at 03:31:29 PM EST
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Moderation in all things...

Desire is the evil we seek to let go...

Align culture with our nature.

by ormondotvos (ormond no spam lmi net no spam) on Sun Jan 16th, 2011 at 01:08:25 AM EST
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redstar:
read Zizek on the subject
What do you suggest as a first read?

Oh, and for laughs: Amazon.com: First As Tragedy, Then As Farce (9781844674282): Slavoj Zizek: Books

Review

The Elvis of cultural theory. (The Chronicle of Higher Education )



Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 10:26:25 AM EST
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"In defence of lost causes".

Very influential for me.

by redstar on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 10:31:19 AM EST
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again excuse the lack of html memory...

http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2008/sherman080908.html

by redstar on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 10:30:28 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 11:09:00 AM EST
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I do local. When I speak of the "lost cause" undercurrent, it's just an observation. It seems to me there are people who are willing to go through the motions of protest, but don't expect to win.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 11:05:29 AM EST
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BTW, that's not meant as an argument against your points.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 11th, 2011 at 11:10:10 AM EST
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And I also know you do not take it as a lost cause either, though I also witness the same attitude around me, and sometimes see it here.

I should have been more specific about what I meant and the audience I intended...

by redstar on Wed Jan 12th, 2011 at 05:09:53 AM EST
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was intended generally.
by redstar on Wed Jan 12th, 2011 at 05:08:32 AM EST
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