Adorno’s Popular culture

One leaves oneself at home when one goes to the theatre, one renounces the right to one’s own tongue and choice. . . . There one is common people, audience, herd, female, pharisee, voting cattle, democrat, neighbor, fellow man . . . even the most personal conscience is vanquished by the leveling magic of the great number. . . . (Nietzsche) An Interesting read it was. On Theodor Adorno & HEAVY METAL.

Sophism revisited

Check the following link about an interesting article on Sophism. It is going to appear as a presentation in the September 12, 2003 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2003/sci-techs/3035sophism.html Sophism: Ideology That Destroys Societies and Nations by Michael Liebig This presentation was given to the Schiller Institute Summer Academy in Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 16, 2003. Subheads have been added. What I’m about to say here, you should situate in terms of Lyndon LaRouche’s “Visualizing the Complex Domain” essay, as well as his recent “Truman” paper [“World Nuclear War When? How Harry Truman Defeated Himself”]. What I’m about to say…

Idi Amin and his friends of the World

Good riddance to bad rubbish… Well, almost. I don’t think we had a good riddance of this character at all. The notorious former Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, has died in-exile in Saudi Arabia today. And who saved him from being killed or lapidated (stoning one to death)? For someone who allegedly wiped out 400,000 people like a fascist, the media portrayed him as a buffoon and a cannibal! Additional news came about how Soviet Union was the sole member in the UN security council to reject a motion to declare Uganda of committing human rights violation. And alongside, news also…

When Indians do better than India

A pretty ill-written commentary by Swaminathan Aiyar meets with a well-written critique…Just discovered on my cyber journey. Click here– Indians do better under white rule “The fact is that Indians succeed at home too. India is full of success stories. But you don’t get to hear of them living abroad. There’s nothing odd about an Indian being a success in India. Almost every successful person in India, is well, Indian. Indians have built industrial empires, software businesses, a thriving entertainment industry…and not just that. Smaller success stories abound too……… Now, it is true that Indians do well in countries ruled…

Rice Interview by Lehrer

Regress, progress, all of that. For the time being, the interview transcript which was awaited. Dr. Condoleezza Rice Interviewed by Jim Lehrer Q The President’s defense of National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice today came at a critical time. A week ago, her chief deputy, Stephen Hadley, acknowledged he had been warned by the CIA in two separate memos that the Agency would not stand by information suggesting Iraq was trying to buy uranium in Africa to reconstitute a nuclear weapons program. That claim made it into the President’s State of the Union speech, and CIA Director George Tenet took the…

Cultural (Dis)respects of Hip Hop

Village Voice has this story on Young South Asians’ Love-Hate Relationship with Hip-Hop’s New Indian Beats Mix This by Tina Chadha talks about the tensions in the music industry of hip hop and myths of cultural purity. Belly dancing is Middle Eastern, not Indian. But you wouldn’t know from videos of Indian-influenced hip-hop. Ever since Timbaland accidentally bought an Indian CD five years ago, artists from Missy Elliott to Bubba Sparxxx to Justin Timberlake have turned to outdated Indian tracks to make crowds gyrate. Although they may not know Bollywood from bhajans, and their lyrics sometimes contain misguided stereotypes, they’re…

Diversity matters for a Democracy

You know what President Bush said today about Diversity? Laudable. Commendable. Politically so correct. I applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing the value of diversity on our Nation’s campuses. Diversity is one of America’s greatest strengths. Today’s decisions seek a careful balance between the goal of campus diversity and the fundamental principle of equal treatment under the law. My Administration will continue to promote policies that expand educational opportunities for Americans from all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. There are innovative and proven ways for colleges and universities to reflect our diversity without using racial quotas. The Court has made…

Yet another aimless Treaty!

One has heard of the SALT and NPT and the CTBT. Here is yet another one: MTSOR. Moscow Treaty on Strategic Offensive Reductions. And the following is a lesser known joint statement passed early this month: On May 24, 2002, we pledged to build a new strategic relationship between the United States of America and the Russian Federation. We declared our partnership, and our commitment to work together to advance stability, security, and prosperity for our peoples, and to work jointly to counter global challenges and help resolve regional conflicts. We also declared that where we had differences, we would…

Jack O’Dell on Black Communism

Sharing with all a significant interview below: “Jack O’Dell was a union organizer, a civil rights leader, and a member of the Communist Party. His political consciousness formed in the 1940’s, when the African-American community became more assertive in their efforts to improve conditions and expand civil rights. Like many blacks, including one of his role models, Paul Robeson, O’Dell was drawn to the Communist Party because of their staunch stand against racism and segregation. During the 1940’s, O’Dell found a welcoming environment in the National Maritime Union. Later, he worked for the director of the Southern Christian Leadership Counsel…