Hey MF, I'm rather curious if you have ever had a chance to sample one of Smeggy's creations and what your final conclusion on the sound was.
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So, finally got Richard Garriot's DVD Documentary. Had already seen it but I found it so compelling, so well made, that I had to buy it! If you guys/gals have not seen it, please do!
Italian zombie movies... very nice. What I don't like about Fulci or even Argento movies is that the story is often times so disjointed. I have a few movies from them, what they call giallo movies, sometimes they work, sometimes they do not.
BTW, I never thought I'd see a great CUBAN zombie movie. If you have time to see: "Juan de los Muertos", please do, I laughed my ass off! (it actually reminded me of Shaun of the Dead... but in Cuba, with communism undertones and making fun of it in a "light" way -- i.e. everything that's happening it's because of the US! lol)
Finally... did I mentioned I wanted the new iMac?!?! ARRRGHHH!!!
I never really got into Neverwinter for some reason but I don't really remember why. I snagged it form GOG during a recent sale so hopefully I'll get around to playing it eventually. I've got to get around to playing Planescape: Torment first even if it's not BioWare.
Have you played and/or read anything in the Planescape setting? With all its focus on the competing 'philosophers with clubs' factions I kinda get the feeling that you'd love or hate it with no in between.
For a basic intro to canonical Hegel, I really recommend The Accessible Hegel by Michael Allen Fox.
There are two very different competing readings of Hegel however, both as an idealist and a materialist. The former is more of a theological reading which is what philosophers like Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard heavily criticized, whereas the latter is what many people typically see as the precursor to Marx. In the 20th century, the materialist reading is definitely more predominant, but within that framework there have been a lot of different interpretations. Kojeve and Hyppolite were two very influential voices in this regard. Also Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason and Malabou's The Future of Hegel are very important. Personally, I tend to be more influenced by the readings of Zizek on Hegel. I suggest picking up an intro to Zizek such as the Routledge Critical Thinker's Series guide at some point.
Thanks for the recommendations.
OTOH he doesn't sound like a very clear writer if people can't decide whether he's a materialist or an idealist...
My deep hatred for NK could have been attributed in part by the fact that I'm a South Korean and was taught (or possibly brainwashed) from a young age that NK is an evil nation that should be torn into pieces. But still there's still no doubt that it's evil, unlike some other communist states that managed to get by with what they had.
Well the leadership at least. I don't know what else you'd call spending most of the budget on the military just to maintain your position of authority while letting most people who aren't either party officials or soldiers starve.
An agrarian economy is pretty much just a market economy writ small, at least if you're comparing it to a command economy. Even if you go back to some version of feudalism where peasants pay their taxes in crops it's pretty much just a market with more barter and less currency. Even kings that might have had the power to do so didn't try and micromanage the whole economy. Sometimes they might just demand stuff, or else, but despotism doesn't exactly define a command economy.
You could legitimately classify agrarian and market economies differently based on other criteria but Romy's point seemed to be more about decentralized/bottom-up vs centralized/top-down
I kind of went on a spree at the record stores today. Won't run down all my finds, but a few highlights:
Pere Ubu: Datapanik in the Year Zero. The 5-CD version, fortunately. No overlap with the Pere Ubu I already had from that era, fortunately.
feedtime: The Aberrant Years. I used to have a CD compiling feedtime and suction, and it went missing well over a decade ago. I'd been mourning it ever since, particularly since collectors had bid it up to silly-stupid price range. This box set of almost everything they ever set on tape* more than makes up for that. *(It doesn't include their only U.S. release, Billy, which seemed to be by a different band entirely, and not in a good way -- despite this, the cover art for this box is the frog from Billy. Not sure what to think about that.)
Sly & the Family Stone: The Woodstock Experience. Looks like an odd but useful compilation: One disk has their set from Woodstock, the other has Stand in its original sequence without the outtakes & singles versions that fill the CD reissue.
I was kind of annoyed that all the stores had sold out of the new Godspeed You! Black Emperor CD, but at one of them somebody had recently unloaded their Constellation label collection, so I'm now caught up on a chunk of the Do Say Make Think and Silver Mt. Zion back catalogs.
Renderers: A Dream of the Sea. The Renderers were a short-ish lived* New Zealand band that played a mournful sort of American country blues under a heavy haze of guitar smudge. The title track is beautiful. I never knew this had been issued outside of New Zealand, but apparently it had. *(I had last heard they'd only made one album and a handful of singles in the late 90s. Turns out they're not only still gigging, they came to the US a couple years ago, even. Awesome.)
The Pogues: Poguetry in Motion. The only Shane McGowan-era Pogues release I didn't have. So.
Evan Parker: Chicago Solo. One of my favorite free jazz artists, if for no other reason than Live at the Finger Palace was my first exposure to free jazz and it was so mind-blowing and inexplicably weird that I listened to it regularly, trying to figure out why this cat was doing what he did. It was a great education in music appreciation when I was a kid.
You talk a good game and although I agree with some of what you posted the main question I have for you is....and replace it with what exactly? You can't have an economy and a burgeoning society with an accountable social net without some form of socialism and capitalism coming into play at some level. At a certain level you'll also need a certain degree of a command economy albeit I doubt it would have to be enforced on the general public but more in the inter governmental aspect of things pertaining to certain services and products needed for a governing body to function and provide certain services to it's citizens as well as guarding the well being of it's citizenry. The only way around any of the ideological mumbo jumbo of capitalism socialism etc is to provide all goods and services for free all the while having the public labor away for free in essence taking away any and all monetary value of money. A rather utopian idea I must admit and enough sci-fi writers have used that sort of idea but it's not going to happen anytime soon and I doubt it would ever happen.
Edited by DigitalFreak - 11/11/12 at 1:05am
WOW. A ton of misinformation in this thread. First, I would suggest to some people that they stop reading Wikipedia as a critical source of information. Things are being oversimplified to the point of becoming entirely alien. Take "ideology" for example. A very misused term. Saying the economy needs to be separated from it is naive (and I would say not even possible). Saying something like "religion and science should be separated" is itself an operative a priori paradigm.
Also let's not confuse the source with the interpretation of the source. I would actually wholly agree that "Darwinism" and "Marxism" have been taken too far---- but NOT by Marx and Darwin themselves. As I keep saying over and over again... there are so many different interpretations of Marx (and Darwin), you really can't simply say "the effect of Marx in modern society is X." That's BS, plain and simple. Leninism is not the same as Stalinism. Not by a long shot. You can't really say that Marxism itself failed, and therefore Marx's ideas were themselves invalid, without first conceding that the implementations of "Marxism" in the 20th century have all been seriously compromised and subject to very different strains of interpretation. Honestly, that's like saying Nietzsche advocated Nazism because his sister misappropriated his writings to fascism. Stalinism basically reduced Marxism to servitude to party-state, or what Kant called public reason to private reason. What's laughable is that Lenin actually advocated the exact opposite. Stalin was no Hegelian.
I actually agree that some people take Marxism and Darwinism to be religions, basically overextending them to domains where they get stretched thin. However I totally disagree with the assertion that religion should be completely unconcerned with the material world. This just leads to some return to vulgar Platonism or Gnosticism and is symptomatic of tepid New Age "spiritualism." Yuck, no thanks.
I think DF raises a very good point: you need to ask people who advocate getting rid of this or that, "what do you really want? With what should be replace it?" Often times the answer is very telling. The failure of Communism in the 20th is something that sends a clear message, in my opinion, that the [often] radical mantra of "don't think, just act" is misguided: now is the time for thinking, and maybe we've been a bit too hasty? The suspension of thought leads to some very dire consequences.
Edited by MuppetFace - 11/11/12 at 4:47am
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