You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
—Buckminster Fuller (via pleaslucian)
The National Republican Congressional Committee wants to make sure there are no Todd Akin-style gaffes next year, so it’s meeting with top aides of sitting Republicans to teach them what to say — or not to say — on the trail, especially when their boss is running against a woman. Speaker John Boehner is serious, too. His own top aides met recently with Republican staff to discuss how lawmakers should talk to female constituents.
“Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn,” said a Republican staffer who attended the session in Boehner’s office.
For the set theoreticians and the economists who adapted their math, however, economic volatility is extrinsic to the economy; and crises, from within the “homogenous and empty time” of the models, are therefore the result of mere greed, or poor regulation, or bad market information. In this context, theory is the imagination of the conditions that would correspond to the market fantasy: pure philosophy, or, as Badiou puts it, “thought destined … towards the absolute” (viii). For the rest of us, the volatility born of the contradictions in capital might better point to a different, earlier understanding of theory: not the pursuit of a transcendental vantage point or the critique of that pursuit but the relentless surveying of possible grounds for solidarity among those for whom the regime of capital spells only suffering (During 115).
Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country’s brutal class warfare — and why it’s ultimately so one-sided
Take the time to read through this interview; it covers not only labor movement issues but also propaganda and the money spent to divide voters and the population against each other.