A Soundtrack for the Winners

I’m not sure who won (as this has been posted before the votes have been tallied), but, either way, these two songs are for you: THE STATE-LOTTERY (Propagandhi) [Spoken word intro by Noam Chomsky] Now the real prospects for authentic democracy depend on something else. They depend on how the people in the rich and priveliged societies learn some other lessons. For example the lessons that are being taught right now like the Mayans in Chiapas, Mexico. They are among the most... Read More

Apocalyptic Refusals

Many of you know I’ve published a few shoddy articles on why you shouldn’t vote. Not simply because it’s a religious ritual of the state, which it is, but also due to our direct complicity that occurs when we put yet another killer in office. “But if you don’t vote, then you’re just as complicit as if you did vote!!” screams the person who thinks I should have voted for their political savior. Nope. Nada. Nyet. Or, to quote NOFX, “You’re... Read More

Nine is Better than None (5 Questions with Shawn Peters)

No time for a lofty introduction this week, here’s all you need to know: -Shawn Peters, from Catonsville, MD, is a scholar who has been on PBS, CNN and featured in Time Magazine and The New York Times. He has written the authoritative book on The Catonsville Nine. -Daniel Berrigan, in his early 90′s, is far cooler than you can ever hope to be. Seriously. Far cooler. -Shawn Peters, while not the world’s greatest comedian (see question number one, which isn’t... Read More

Project Nim [Chimpsky]: Why Wittgenstein is Still Right

Chimps, children’s books, horny psychology professors, and shoddy theories in linguistics. It’s a recipe for disaster. The recent documentary Project Nim details the story of researchers attempting to discover whether or not a chimp can learn human language. Chimps, armadillos, aardvarks, and marmokrebs are not going to learn human language anymore than we are going to learn the language of marmokrebs, aardvarks, armadillos and chimps if by learning their language... Read More