Monday, June 28, 2010
As Jim Goad points out:
"I’ve often heard the terms “Republican” and “Klansman” used as if they were synonymous. But who actually birthed the Ku Klux Klan, the White League, the Red Shirts, and the countless other white-supremacist organizations who terrorized, torched, and lynched blacks during and after Reconstruction?"
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Ofrece un análisis del surgimiento del "Partido del Té" y dice que los yankis estan cansados de:
"being told what their children should be taught, how much of their paychecks they get to keep, whether to insure themselves, which medicines they can have, where they can build their homes, which guns they can buy, when they have to wear seatbelts and helmets, whether they can talk on the phone while driving, which foods they can eat, how much soda they can drink…the list is long."
Don Ernesto Laclau, un politicólogo criollo, nos dice en "On Populist Reason" que desdeñar tales movimientos es rechazar "lo politico" y afirmar que " the management of the community is the concern of an administrative power whose source of legitimacy is a proper knowledge of what a 'good community is."
Si bien tengo decidido no ocuparme de temas temporales y de personajes irrelevantes -- creo que este sitio web ayuda a entender las decisiones que pueda tomar esa minúscula persona designado la semana pasada Canciller en Argentina - un espacio que seguramente como piensan muchos compatriotas - le queda enorme para quien fuera un periodista mediocre.
A todo ello se suma su falta de experiencia en temas internacionales y su condición de ex-ciudadano norteamericano (ciudadanía a la que renunciara al ser designado consul).
Aconsejamos el libro "El Mundo Clasico" donde el Profesor Kornel Zoltan Mehesz trata "El Juramento Romano", algo que hoy por hoy parece no tener demasiada importancia. Los juramentos de lealtad, para este oportunista nada significan.
Dice el Dr. Mehesz:
"Consideraban los romanos que la flaqueza humana crece en proporción directa con la viveza , por ello prestaron mucha atención a la formulación de los textos del juramento; quisieron pues impedir que su cumplimiento —por medio de hábil y sutil interpretación— fuera fácilmente eludido.
Dice Tácito, que el Senado, hizo jurar a los Magistrados que no recibieron, ni recibirán prebendas, ni otra clase de premios. Agrega todavía, que algunos de los magistrados que no tenían la conciencia muy limpia, se confundieron mucho, y mudaron con hábil sutileza las palabras del juramento para escapar de las consecuencias de un perjurio, y al mismo tiempo no ligarse para el futuro."
Cuando cartagineses y romanos hicieron un tratado de paz, lo confirmaron por medio de un juramento. Los primeros juraron por los Dioses Patrios y los romanos, a su vez, por una piedra, según antigua costumbre. Dice Polibio Megapolitano, que el que firmaba el tratado, después de haber jurado sobre la Fe Pública tomaba una piedra en la mano y decía: «¡Si juro verdad, que me suceda bien, pero si pensase u obrase de otro modo, excepto todos los demás en sus Patrias leyes, templos y sepulcros, yo solo sea exterminado, como ahora lo es esta piedra!», acto seguido arrojaba la piedra .
Mehesz, Kornel Zoltan, "El Mundo Clasico", Ed. Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Corrientes, 1972.
Otro buen libro para entender este tema es Kevin McDonald's "The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements"
I quote Dr. Lings:
"He had a remarkable presence; it was striking to see the respect with which he was treated. As he entered the mosque you could hear people on all sides saying, 'Allâhumma salli 'alâ Sayyidnâ Muhammad,' that is, 'May God rain blessings on the Prophet Muhammad', which is a way of expressing great reverence for someone. He had a luminous presence and his very beautiful eyes, one of his most striking features, retained their lustre into early old age."
"Rene Guenon" by Martin Lings see
Friday, June 18, 2010
Initially the head of the Istari, Saruman is portrayed as a character who succumbs to the unrestrained desire for power.
Humiliated, stripped of power, and cast out of his order, he remains unrepentant to the end, treacherously murdered by his servant Grıma Wormtongue. Saruman is one of the few tragically unredeemed characters in the whole Middle-earth corpus, and unlike
others— for example, Turin Turambar, Boromir son of Denethor II— Tolkien does not mitigate his moral corruption, nor does he ameliorate his tragic demise by giving him— even after his downfall— any significant virtues or traces of fallen nobility.
As a traitor to the cause of freedom and goodness in Middle-earth, Saruman provides a strategic link between Sauron’s opponents— including Gandalf, Elrond, and The ´ oden— and Sauron himself, with whom Saruman has communicated by means of the palantır.
Gandalf recognizes the source of Saruman’s policies and uses Saruman as an unwitting double agent to discern Sauron’s secret plans.
His tower fortress at Orthanc in Isengard is strategic in its proximity to Rohan, and— by capturing Merry and Pippin— the Orcs (piqueteros) under his command are important in the narrative’s bifurcation and forward movement in the second volume of the trilogy.
In his account in ‘‘The Council of Elrond,’’ Gandalf says Saruman ‘‘has long studied the arts of the Enemy himself’’
Gandalf offers him a chance to repent, leave Orthanc, and forsake his ruinous path; like Milton’s Satan, Saruman is shown in a brief moment of doubt, ‘‘loathing to stay and dreading to leave its refuge’’ (TT, III, x, 187– 188). Saruman rejects the offer and, like Satan, is conquered by pride and hatred. His removal from Orthanc and his banishment from the order of Istari, pronounced by Gandalf, are presented as the result of his own free choice. Gandalf ’s final assessment is that Saruman is ‘‘a fool . . . yet pitiable’’ (TT, III, x, 188).
Under the Orkish name ‘‘Sharkey,’’ ‘‘old man,’’ he appears considerably reduced in stature finally as an exiled vagabond in the Shire, a self-pitying character filled with malice, retaining only traces of his earlier verbal powers.
He is shown pity by Frodo, who does not allow his execution but banishes him forever from the Shire.
He is murdered moments later by the servile character Wormtongue— his last follower— recalling the murder of the exiled usurper Sigeberht in annal 755 of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
In a scene suggestive of the departure of his soul and its utter annihilation, upon his death a grey mist rises above his body, faces the undying West, but then is dissipated by a cold western wind and dissolves to nothing.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Professor Orlando Fedeli, President of Montfort Cultural Association, died in Sao Paulo this week. He recently finished writing an amazing book called "No país das maravilhas: a Gnose burlesca da TFP e dos Arautos do Evangelho." published in the Montfort website. Fedeli was an extraordinary writer with a solid knowledge of the Catholic doctrine.
I never met Professor Fedeli but I've met Dr. Plinio Correa de Oliveira - one of the subjects of his book. Dr. Plinio impressed me as brilliant mind but also endowed with a rich imagination full of romance (perhaps a brazilian character treat). According to Fedeli many of Correa de Oliveira's personal accounts were inventions. He also called Correa de Oliveira a "thomist-romantic-tropicalist" to stress the point of the heterodox thomism and catholicism of the TFP founder. He critized the cult of personality within the TFP towards Dr. Plinio and his mother spreaded by his personal valet Joao Scognamiglio Cla Dias now head of "Arautos of the Gospel", the brazilian catholic movement which followed the defunct TFP.
The book can be read here
Thursday, June 10, 2010
No tengo tiempo de analizar ahora el video "Alejandro de "Lady Gaga" pero todos los temas de Foucault estan allí.
...the disruptions of normative sexuality, discourses of war, domination, nationalism, discipline and punishment, transgressive sexuality, gender expression/identity, etc...
La enorme confusión, todo un signo de los tiempos.