In which a trapper from Siberia captures the essence of Western capitalism having never seen it the way we experience it, the way we stand aside, as Wall Street frantically searches for new corners of the world to plunder, new natural balances to upend, new people and systems to exploit.
Why would TED ban this talk? Because they are a clubhouse for rich liberals who gather to fawn over each others’ vacuum-sealed, incremental social change fantasies (in contrast to actual examination of the roots of the problems they seek to solve)?
Make speeches, but not waves.
Scott Walker + Sunn O)))
I am not going to call this a dream come true. In my best nightmares, I could not have dreamed this.
A week ago today, we watched as thousands raised more than $1.5M for the #MaydayPAC — a commitment to fundamental reform in the way Congress funds its elections. It was electrifying and amazing, and many of us heard the first fireworks as we crossed our $5M goal.
But it just so happens…
an actual letter that actual Ayn Rand sent to Cat Fancy magazine in 1966
If Ayn Rand had been as smart as she’d have had us think, her impression of a robot would have been more convincing.
Buckminster Fuller, Beech Aircraft Factory Model Housein Wichita, Kansas, (1946)
The first step in constructing the building was to erect a central mast. The supported steel cables on braced rings, upon which aluminum sheeting and heat insulation would then be installed. The crest of the dome included a prefabricated ventilation fixture that rotated according to the direction of the wind.
The failure of this concept to catch on had everything to do with the fact that this house was too affordable. The Dymaxion design utilized existing infrastructure (WWII airplane factories) and inexpensive materials (the aluminum already on hand for use in those factories) and was intended to repurpose those resources as such, while making houses that could exist anywhere and were affordable to most American workers. The houses were designed to heat and cool themselves, and be delivered by helicopter.
Somehow, we decided as a nation that it was better to spend the better parts of our adulthoods making payments to banks, so slowly built structures made by contractors that were expensive to heat and cool and full of toxic flammables could dot every landscape instead. Fetishized, treated as an “investment,” that one could hock back to the bank before it was even paid for, to fund more consumption.
The future never came.
Sasha Frere-Jones explores Brian Eno’s quiet influence on pop music: http://nyr.kr/1qzFAgx
“When someone lies on the studio floor and sings at a microphone five feet away, Eno is in the air. When a band records three hours of improvisation and then loops a four-second excerpt of the audiotape and scraps the rest, Eno has a hand on the razor blade. When everybody except for the engineer is told to go home, Eno remains.”
Photograph by Richard Burbridge.
Eno is everything.
If you’re one of 4AD’s twitter followers, you may have noticed the mysterious image the label tweeted this morning. The label later confirmed with The Quietus that is a promo for an upcoming album from Scott Walker and drone metal band Sunn O))).
Weakling- Cut Their Grain and Place Fire Therein
- Anonymous said:You know socialism has killed over 94 million people right?
Wrong. You’re thinking of capitalism — maybe state capitalism [i.e., what’s referred to as so-called “Communism”] — but capitalism nonetheless...
- 221bcholmes said:You're the first socialism blog I found on Tumblr and I love you. Do you know of any literary/creative nonfiction magazines that focus on the perspectives of the poor? I really like to keep up with the literary scene but everything is pretty focused on the middle class or rich, or their perspectives on the poor. I'd be extra interested in ones focusing on poor socialists. Thank you!
well, i’m not sure i fully understand exactly what you are looking for, but maybe these will be of interest: