Blogpal Richard linked to this Feral Scholar post:
I blithely commented, so am I, and I mean that cynically but I mean it sympathetically: even if you obstinately resist power to your ornery best your orneriness obstinately continues to water power's avatars. Children, shush and hurry past the house of the crazy hippie with the feral cats and garden statuary (and who probably makes the same sillyass Star Trek allusions over and over...).Jared Loughner may have some problems with dissociation, however that is being defined, but he didn’t learn to load and fire a Glock 19 via some synaptic disruption in his cerebral cortex; he learned it from a culture. Last I checked, there is no evidence of a Glock 19 gene, though I expect the DSM-IV people to come up with a Glock 19 Disorder soon enough, and Searle will invent a drug to control it.
This may sound like I’m trying to make the US case against him, given the narrow legal definition of insanity; but I’m not. The legal definition of anything is always inadequate, because law can never anticipate the complexity of context.
The case I’m making is that Loughner – in his own mentally fractured way – was behaving exactly the way his culture demonstrated he was supposed to behave.
- Society of the spectacle.
- Blindspots and fear of the working class.
- Peoples Republic of Crony Capitalism.
- Left? What Left? (part two).
- Portraits from a job-starved city.
- Enough is enough.
- Let them drift away.
- Just don't raise property taxes on the fucking mcmansionists.
- Fuck the Smithsonian.
- Virginia crackers.
- More new inhabitants in the blogrolls. As always, if you're Kinding me and me not you, send me an email.
- I've never been able to read Henry James for fun.
- RIP Don Kirshner.
- PJ HARVEY!
- UPDATE! PJ HARVEY!
- Worlds in collision.
- The last Albums of 2010 (part eight). Hey, WFMU just played a Noveller song (Bleached Beach) and kaboom!
- Classical music as synchronicitous soup.
- Janis Joplin was born 68 years ago today.
- Largehearted's generosity.
- The fevered dreams of Hernando deSoto.
- UPDATE! Despicable dogs!
- Specials allusion.
- Woke up with this in my head.
- Speaking of old gags:
[RESPONSE TO THE LOYALTY OATH]
We, the Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants of the University of California, wish to register our protest against the new loyalty oath for the following reasons.
1) The testing of a University faculty by oath is a stupid and insulting procedure. If this oath is to have the effect of eliminating Communists from the faculty, we might as logically eliminate murderers from the faculty by forcing every faculty member to sign an oath saying that he has never committed murder.
2) That such an oath is more dangerous to the liberties of the community than any number of active Communists should be obvious to any student of history. Liberty and democracy are more often overthrown by fear than by stealth. Only countries such as Russia or Spain have institutions so weak and unhealthy that they must be protected by terror.
3) Oaths and other forms of blackmail are destructive to the free working of man's intellect. Since the early Middle Ages universities have zealously guarded their intellectual freedom and have made use of its power to help create the world we know today. The oath that Galileo was forced by the Inquisition to swear is but a distant cousin to the oath we are asked to swear today, but both represent the struggle of the blind and powerful against the minds of free men.
We, who will inherit the branches of learning that one thousand years of free universities have helped to generate, are not Communists and dislike the oath for the same reason we dislike Communism. Both breed stupidity and indignity; both threaten our personal and intellectual freedom.