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Forum: Politics 08/20/12, 05:46 PM
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Posted By The Personist
Dawkins is the worst now that Christopher...

Dawkins is the worst now that Christopher Hitchens is dead, though the fact that the latter wrote a book defending the invasion of Iraq makes it hard for me to assert this. Still gonna do it, though,...
Forum: Politics 08/16/12, 08:17 AM
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Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
Zizek is OK; I think his approach to religion is...

Zizek is OK; I think his approach to religion is ultimately to Hegelian/authoritarian/universalist for me. Simon Critchley's debate with Zizek on ethics (not religion) exemplifies the issues in Z's...
Forum: Politics 08/13/12, 08:15 AM
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Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
I'm sympathetic to the idea (which might be more...

I'm sympathetic to the idea (which might be more neo-pragmatist than pragmatist) of the meaning of things being attached to their function (so making it a question of what can something do rather...
Forum: Politics 08/12/12, 08:41 PM
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Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
It feels good to get called pretentious on the...

It feels good to get called pretentious on the internet again

ALL IN THE NAME OF COMMONSENSE LIBERALISM YOU GUYS

would it be better if I talked about someone not popular like Jack Halberstam? Or...
Forum: Politics 08/10/12, 10:49 PM
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Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
Heaven forfend I apply what I read to how I...

Heaven forfend I apply what I read to how I think. I'll stop doing that.



OK allow me to make the same statement without mentioning Foucault: "lol human rights is bullshit y'all are full of shit."...
Forum: Politics 08/10/12, 01:36 PM
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Posted By The Personist
oh boy "human rights" what nonsensical...

oh boy "human rights" what nonsensical liberal bullshit will this thread trot out next

me and Foucault chilling in the corner thinking you're all ridiculous
Forum: Politics 07/27/12, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
Dawkins's concept of religion is entirely...

Dawkins's concept of religion is entirely ahistorical and uninformed so it's kind of funny that he said that. Or, if you want to read him less generously than that, he's a shithead because he...
Forum: Politics 07/27/12, 08:29 AM
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Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
Yeah because they have nothing to say about...

Yeah because they have nothing to say about religion because they don't know anything about it and proudly parade that fact around (Dawkins often saying "why read theology if I don't believe in God,"...
Forum: Politics 07/27/12, 07:54 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 41,851
Posted By The Personist
Dom, regarding your recent posts in here, two...

Dom, regarding your recent posts in here, two books I'm reading right now take your methodological/theory-praxis concerns into account: Judith Halberstam's The Queer Art Of Failure and José...
Forum: Politics 07/27/12, 07:50 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 41,851
Posted By The Personist
That's really the only thing I've read, too, and...

That's really the only thing I've read, too, and I ahve serious problems with how she elevates Derrida to an almost dogmatic level. It's a problematic text, but important, I suppose.
Forum: Politics 07/27/12, 07:49 AM
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Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
I guess my thing is I don't know how anyone who...

I guess my thing is I don't know how anyone who knows anything about science, history, philosophy, culture, &c., would take anything these guys have to say seriously. The fact that you do is kind of...
Forum: Politics 07/26/12, 03:49 PM
Replies: 614
Views: 41,851
Posted By The Personist
Spivak is important but I think she quickly digs...

Spivak is important but I think she quickly digs herself into holes by spending half her time (in "Can The Subaltern Speak" and, from what I gather, in her other work/her career in general) playing...
Forum: Politics 07/26/12, 10:45 AM
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Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
Dawkins and Harris don't "critique"...

Dawkins and Harris don't "critique" Islam (there is nothing in this strain of atheism that resembles a thoughtful engagement with the religions they dismiss; to suggest they take it seriously enough...
Forum: Politics 07/26/12, 08:50 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 41,851
Posted By The Personist
I agree with what you've said about Lenin, though...

I agree with what you've said about Lenin, though I think the thing a lot of people don't take into account is the fact that the state has changed and so, outside of the very specific framework in...
Forum: Politics 07/26/12, 08:35 AM
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Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
Implicit in the position that Christianity is...

Implicit in the position that Christianity is "less evil" than Islam is a whole host of unconscious value-judgments that, going along with a Western racialized conception of Islam, are extremely...
Forum: Politics 07/25/12, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
Dawkins has said on his blog that Islam is an...

Dawkins has said on his blog that Islam is an unmitigated evil (http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/624093-support-christian-missions-in-africa-no-but) and that it's better to support Christian...
Forum: Politics 07/25/12, 04:10 PM
Replies: 614
Views: 41,851
Posted By The Personist
In the last couple months or so I've stopped...

In the last couple months or so I've stopped identifying as a Marxist just because I've grown increasingly at odds with friends of mine who are Leninists/Trotskyists (though Trots tend not to get as...
Forum: Politics 07/25/12, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
I have no problem calling someone a jackass for...

I have no problem calling someone a jackass for being as ahistorical and colonialist and imperialist as Dawkins et al, and I think that aligning oneself with people who think it is a moral task to...
Forum: Politics 07/25/12, 08:36 AM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
Also the whole "i'm spiritual not...

Also the whole "i'm spiritual not religious" thing is some liberal bullshit since the best part about religion is the community/inherent critique of egoism as the basis of community/society
Forum: Politics 07/25/12, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
It's one of those rare moments where I find...

It's one of those rare moments where I find myself agreeing with Zizek: yeah, I think for an atheist the question of God should be irrelevant (and I guess I'm kind of an atheist though to me the...
Forum: Politics 07/24/12, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
You obviously aren't familiar with Hitchens et...

You obviously aren't familiar with Hitchens et al, because they see Atheism as something that has an agenda to it. Or, to put it another, perhaps more intellectually honest way, for them atheism is a...
Forum: Politics 07/24/12, 02:57 PM
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Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
The best part about "atheism" is that...

The best part about "atheism" is that the only way it can work is by first conjuring up God so that it can negate it. Like the concept of God is even more essential to atheism than to religion. It's...
Forum: Politics 07/24/12, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
I haven't read Discipline and Punish all the way...

I haven't read Discipline and Punish all the way through yet! I suck. But it's on my list of things to read. His lectures are really great and a nice supplement to his published books.

And yeah, I...
Forum: Politics 07/23/12, 01:59 PM
Replies: 614
Views: 41,851
Posted By The Personist
Ack I have to come back and read this more...

Ack I have to come back and read this more carefully later but I kinda dig it and anything that shits on free will/agency/etc.
Forum: Politics 07/23/12, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5,533
Views: 391,127
Posted By The Personist
But seriously, Foucault was kind of absolutely on...

But seriously, Foucault was kind of absolutely on point about the discursive formation of science, so I dismiss out of hand any critique of religion that focuses on "truth."


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