"On Cultures That Build" - and why ours no longer does

I thought I'd share something I just happened across:

https://scholars-stage.blogspot.com/2020/06/on-cultures-that-build.html

This is potentially, as Mr. Potato-Head II would say, "a big fuckin' deal". It's a very believable thesis, and it explains so much - that of course, also says nothing whatsoever good about the present vogue among would-be problem-solvers with their exclusive dogma (really, we won't tolerate being, or even just having, a side-dish???) that everything is "systemic".

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Pricknick's picture

Thanks for the link.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

"To build, one must first destroy" is as old an adage as Shiva.

It is more and more evident that we've built too much already.

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Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal's picture

@Battle of Blair Mountain

If you're talking about ways to survive on this planet, I disagree.
If you're talking about forms of governance, I disagree.
If you're talking about cultural institutions, I think the jury's out on that one. We built plenty of them, maybe more than we needed or should have, but then they were destroyed in a forty-year cultural blitzkrieg, so, yeah, we need to build some more.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

enhydra lutris's picture

problem indeed. As soon as I can track down a facilitator we can put together a focus group on that.

be well and have good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

edg's picture

I'll run it up the flagpole to management to see if we can get buy-in from the various stakeholders.

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The Liberal Moonbat's picture

@edg I hope you're not being snarky, or whatever.

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We live in a society in which "we live in a society" is now considered a subversive and vaguely-threatening statement.

In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

edg's picture

@The Liberal Moonbat

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Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal's picture

I feel the need to make a distinction between the kind of "getting things done" the author refers to and the "getting things done" that every centrist politician boasts of.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver