Jejudo, South Korea
I have a funny feeling that this'll be passed over by most readers as nothing more than name dropping but these are the thoughts that were triggered by this thread:
Your thoughts follow Francis Fukuyama following Hegel. Nothing wrong with that, just curious if your acquainted with his book, "The End of History and the Last Man."
Rosa Luxumbourg explained the problems with trade unions and radical politics at the beginning of this century. I still think it holds true today. Your caricature fits it perfectly.
Q1: Is this it? Is everything going according
to plan? One grand conspiricy?
--Jean Beaudillard, the French postmodern guru (some would say a purveyor of perverse nonsense), pondered much the same thing in one of his later, less theoretical (some would say more burned out) writings. He argued that the REVOLUTION had indeed happened. Everything is already here. It's done, over, finished.
This is it.
Aren't you happy?
Q2: If so, why all the adversarial discussions
from the talking heads.
--It's easier to do, gets better ratings, and follows American ideology perfectly. Imagine what would happen if someone actually said, "You know, I haven't looked at it that way before. That's a good point."
--No, no you must stand your ground, right or wrong. Sometimes that is true of course (and of course I'm still an American) but what if the right answer took precedence over being right?
--I'm such an idealist at times.
Q3: Does the invitee ask what the subject is and
then decide to be pro or con this week?
--I don't think they decide anything. I think they are labelled in a binary system and then go with the flow.
Q4: Is Utopia just on a local level?
--Foucault has a term for this -- heterotopia (the irony, oh, the irony) but I don't think utopian thoughts will ever quite disappear. We all come from some tradition that emphasizes some messiah or future peace so I don't think hope is dead. I will say I don't think Galt's paradise is particularly inviting but the socialist dream (in essence if not in practice the same as the libertarian one) will live on. The freedom to do what one wants and, at the same time, fulfill one's true potential (they become the same thing) will always motivate somebody.
I don't mean to be sarcastic here. I mean that.
Will we suffer
withdrawl pains when we drop out of the big
--Amazingly enough, that's exactly what seems to happen. People hate not counting and not being counted.
Q5: Dealers choice?
--I don't understand this part.