October 28, 2015
Outsiders Like Trump And Carson
One expects the struggle between the Establishment and the political interlopers Trump and Carson to be continually evolving as the Es attempt to destroy Trump and Carson.
A dodge that seems to be gaining currency is to depict the interlopers as political and social outsiders. Naturally this will involve the age old concept of divide and destroy. Pit the one against the other.
One fears, fear is a big issue in this election as ‘outsiders’ are said to be devoured by fear and loathing while the insiders are healthy, strapping lads and lassies although uniformly on the fey side, hey Leslie?
The ‘insiders’ should tread lightly as they are a distinct minority compared to we ‘outsiders’. Insiders care nothing for those not inside their clique and none of us are close to being insiders. None us get thirty-five million dollar bonuses while the economy is circling the drain. None of us get tens of millions in salaries in addition while millions of outsiders go unemployed. Who do the Insiders think they are kidding?
Why should we vote for their candidate so we can be fleeced some more. And we are being fleeced. Trump has the courage to say so. Never forget, his life is now on the line. If he doesn’t succeed he is a dead man.
Actually the Insiders are condemning themselves as being more outside the voters than the Outsiders they condemn. We the people are all outsiders compared to the miniscule group of selfish Insiders. None of us are inside. None of the Insiders are our friends.
Why vote to be enslaved by Insiders for their profit when we have a perfectly good Outsider in Trump?
October 26, 2015
The Vampyres Of New York
I’ve been searching around for a more discursive format for a while now; I think I’ve finally found one. I have been a great admirer of the German Romantic writer E. T. A. Hoffmann for several decades now. He has been described as a prolific author of twenty volumes in German although most of that remains untranslated. Mostly there are collection of twenty or so from his tales.
Hoffmann was at one time very famous. The opera Tales Of Hoffman by Offenbach is based on his stories perpetuating his name better than he could himself. Then I got wind of a two volume work (a thousand pages) called The Serapion Brethren. On the off chance that it was available I searched specifically for the title on Amazon as it didn’t come up under the author’s name. And, lo! it turned up from some hidden corner of that giant book store. Why it isn’t up front with the various collections is beyond me. Having obtained my copy I am now half way through it. A fabulous book.
I don’t think Hoffman fans are legion but I know there are a lot of us; if any of them haven’t learned of the existence of The Serapion Brethren the way is now clear, two volumes, less than fifty dollars on Amazon. Not my point but I pass the info on.
The format Hoffman uses is perfect for what I want to do. The idea of The Brethren is that a group of writers (artists) get together to discuss their stories written according to a serapiontic point of view. Thus Hoffmann presents a couple dozen of his amazing stories within a framework of these meetings and discussions.
Hoffmann was an amazing psychologist far far ahead of his times. In a generation since the advent of Anton Mesmer’s discovery of the unconscious, while Mesmer was still living, Hoffman takes psychology to a level such as Sigmund Freud nearly a hundred years on was able to borrow from it wholesale. As Freud refers to Hoffmann by name it is certain that he read him while Freud a Jew brought up within German culture had access to all twenty volumes of his work. Hoffmann was current of psychological matters while making his own contributions. He refers to the Frenchman Phillipe Pinel of Paris’ Salpetriere Insane Asylum. Pinel was the first to remove the fetters with which inmates were chained thus beginning a more human and understanding treatment of inmate. Hoffmann himself visited insane asylums for study and reflection.
It was Pinel who first came up with the idea that the insane were afflicted with a Fixed Idea, the Idee Fixe of Pierre Janet who worked at the Salpetriere with the great Jean Martin Charcot in the last third of the nineteenth century. Freud also picked up on the notion incorporating it into his corpus as ‘fixation’ or reminiscences.
Hoffmann’s stories are examinations of various fixed ideas or phantoms. And what stories. Mademoiselle Scuderi is one of the greatest stories ever written. When I say stories, these are mainly novellas not short stories. They are mostly 50 to 100 pages thus giving the imagination greater latitude with superior character development.
Hoffman himself was a very accomplished individual. His first longing was to be a great composer hence music motifs abound. Teaming up with La Motte Fouque, another great German Romantic write he wrote the music to Fouque’s great novella Undine while Fouque wrote the libretto. Writing mainly after 1809 to about 1822 Hoffman was close in time to the great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Handel and others being very familiar with their work while being able to discuss it knowingly as a composer himself and in his early career a director of opera houses. His knowledge of European music and art from its origins is encyclopedic. He provides names you have never heard of that will send you scurrying to the internet to possibly find more info, view the pictures on images.
This is rich stuff for any artist/litterateur or musician. Don’t delay, enrich your life today.
Thus in my using Hoffmann’s format I hope it will be possible to examine and interrelate disparate historical elements into a unified whole relating to today’s events. While Hoffmann’s work is mainly fiction I intend to write accurate history that reads like fiction. Hoffman himself fictionalizes certain stories in a historical manner.
For instance his terrific story The Singers’ Contest deals with a historical or semi-historical event in thirteenth century Germany between various historical Master Singers including Wolfram von Eschenbach who wrote the great German version of the story of Percival.
As a Romantic in reaction to the Enlightenment Hoffmann blends the fantastic or spiritual with scientific reality. Indeed that is the point of his writing, identifying the religious side of the mind from the real or scientific. It is that aspect of his writing that attracts me.
He opens his treatise with the story of a contemporary mad monk Serapion who thought that he was Saint Anthony living in the Theban desert while actually being in Germany. Serapion insisted that he was in the Theban desert. Hoffmann was very sympathetic insisting that following his inner wishful thinking or delusion ‘Saint Serapion’ actually was who he believed and was actually living in the Theban desert.
Of course as Serapion was merely successful in denying reality, a quite common occurrence as Hoffmann will show, in his insane condition he was neither the saint nor in the Theban desert; however he was successfully living the saint’s life as a hermit in a wilderness. This conflict fascinates Hoffmann and it fascinates me. I find that in our own society people, society’s leaders, are living fixed ideas that have little or no relation to reality while trying to impose these fixed ideas on the entire population of the world. In other words as in Edgar Allan Poe’s great story, itself based on Hoffmann, the inmates are in control of the asylum. Thus Poe’s story The System Of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.
As I envision my work it will deal with the problems caused by inner wishful thinking as contrasted with reality. While the New York City of the Dylan period will be the central focus I see the work as wider ranging but closely related to the theme of Bob Dylan and the Vampyres Of New York.
As I envision it the work will be quite long and will be posted in chapters and sections as it is written. I have already dealt with most of the issues as posted on I, Dynamo and Contemporary Notes so that my progress should be steady and relatively quick. I expect to post one to two chapters or sections per month. Feel free to make comments or suggestions.
October 11, 2015
Jay Michaelson Talks The Talk
To Ben Carson
The redoubtable Jay Michaelson, spokesperson for the Jews, is at it again. This time his out of control rage is directed at a poor Negro, Ben Carson. Knowing that Negroes have suffered almost as much as Jews I was truly surprised at Jay’s hitherto concealed bigotry.
Ben, who as we know is running for president made some innocuous remark to set Jay off. Naturally Jay began spewing the usual ad hominem vitriol over the whole Republican Party that indirectly includes a little old domestic terrorist like me. Jay, I take personal offence at your comments.
Carson’s exact argument has been made by morons as disparate as Matt Drudge, Ted Nugent, Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano, racist ex-ballplayer John Rocker (now a favorite on the Tea Party circuit), current NRA president David Keene and former NRA president Wayne LaPierre.
Morons all says Jay, offending at least that bunch. Maybe, but Nugent is a great guitar player and that should count for something. Charlton Heston deserved at least an honorable mention even if he is dead. Oh, that’s right he was Jewish. Excuse me.
All Republicans aren’t bad according to Jay because:
There is a very decent Republican Party out there, that is…strong on Israel…’
Now we know what makes a good Republican, they’re Neo-cons.
Jay who looks to have been born around 1980 or so still considers himself a victim of the holocaust, you knew this was heading there, didn’t you? Jay rants on:
Second, Carson’s (the poor Black fellow) statement is so offensive as to beggar the imagination. [That is if you’re of Jay’s persuasion, my own imagination wasn’t beggared.] Most of my grandparents, and many of my grandparents generation, died when the Nazis and their Ukranian [Now you know why the US is assaulting the Ukraine.] collaborators rounded up entire villages and massacred them in the forest. So, Dr. Carson [Son of Dr. Mengele] what killed them was gun control?
No, what killed them was anti-Semitism, bigotry, hatred and extreme nationalism [All strong Jewish characteristics.] all of which, incidentally are far more prevalent on the right than on the left. In the ADL’s words, “Gun control did not cause the holocaust; Nazis and anti-Semitism did.”
Now, hold on there a minute Jay. Let’s examine that past passage a bit. you seem to imply that the Jews were totally innocent in this matter, innocent collateral damage. Yet it is absolutely clear that the Jews were first to declare war on Germany and not the other way around. In early 1933 before anything had been done to the Jews, they publicly declared war on Germany. True, check it out. As Roosevelt’s henchmen they instituted a worldwide boycott and blockade on shipments of food and medicines to Germany that got tighter and tighter as the thirties wore on. Germany depended on imported food Jay so what your Jews were doing was committing genocide on the German people. Be fair Jay, if you can, if you don’t eat you die. Yes, the Jews were using food as a weapon of mass destruction.
So, ask yourself a question Jay, would you leave an enemy sworn to your destruction behind your lines? Of course not. What would your own Jews do in a similar situation Jay? I’m asking you to remember the Amalekites now Jay. You know what you would do. And that’s what the Nazi’s did.
I think you’re right though Jay. Gun control had nothing to do with it.