[-empyre-] introducing week 3

Murat Nemet-Nejat muratnn at gmail.com
Sun Nov 23 10:00:49 EST 2014

"(There have been so many artworks, paeans, dirges, warnings, all this for
thousands of years, and what have we learned? To spread the havoc via
social media? To be more effective in our slaughter?)

Again, what is to be done?"

Alan, don't forget. Many of those dirges were to the perpetrators of
violent acts, *The Iliad* being the classical example. Awareness, a raising
of consciousness, must be a weapon against manipulative, transactional
symbolic/political acts, for example, being aware that "job creators" was a
symbolic phrase concocted (created!) by a wordsmith(s) at a rightist think
tank to disguise the bottom line nature of capitalist enterprise, self
interest at all costs. All we can do is weave and re-weave those contra
spaces of clarity hoping it will have some effect, maybe, in time. By the
way, my sense is that the worse a politician (a perpetrator of violent
action, physical or spiritual) gets the better he/she becomes at
manipulating symbolic nefarious action. That is true for the right (at this
moment in the States) or the left. After all, Stalin was called a leftist.
To this day, don't a great number of people mourn him in Russia?

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