Now Comes the Reaper

Within the cacophony of tirades, recriminations and apologia regarding the next inhabitants of the White House, the voice of John Pilger stands out for its unsparing reckoning of how all this has come to pass:

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The Simple Disciplines

On February 28th 1954, Martin Luther King delivered a sermon – the earliest sermon for which we have an audio recording – to a large Baptist church in Detroit, just a few weeks before Boston University approved his dissertation outline.

King began with the biblical story of Joseph and Mary who set out for Nazareth only to realize that they had left Jesus behind in Jerusalem. He then describes those core values, or “simple disciplines”, that we need to rediscover before we will be able to move forward.

Always best to listen to MLK, though we follow the audio link with an abbreviated transcript, with congregation interpellations in italics.

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Written in the Night

Now comes the gentle yet fierce voice of John Berger, who died this past Monday, in excerpts from a 2003 essay written for Le Monde Diplomatique. The image is from the Rothko Chapel.

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For all his literary gifts, Berger was most at home in conversation, his thoughts closely tied to his limitless capacity for dialogue, and to his vigilant ears. The below conversation with Susan Sontag highly recommended.

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Bugs in the Scaffolding

We begin our navigations through the year 2017 with the voice of Douglas Thompkins, via excerpts from his acceptance speech for the 2015 Global Economy Prize, awarded by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Thompkins died in a kayaking accident not long after delivering these remarks.

The images are from the work of Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, whose research we wil be exploring more fully in a future post.

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Between Two Worlds

We close our DP journey for 2016 with a few words from John Luther Adams, followed by a link to his exquisite composition, The Light That Fills the World.

With thanks to our readers from around the world, whose engaged and enlightening missives in response to our humble offerings bring ample light to our world, as we seek to find a voice for new truths.

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Surveillance Capitalism

Now comes Shoshana Zuboff with an important essay in the Frankfurter Allgemeine; apparently she concluded that a German readership is more attentive to the profound issues of personal sovereignty and privacy raised by her analysis, excerpted below. The images are from the artist SpY.

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Deeper into the essay:

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And finally, in her closing paragraphs:

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What can we summon as a properly indigant response to those who wish to impose their coup des gens, a vicious assault on self-determination and on freely-expressed subjectivity?

Resist and disrupt the behavioral algorithm.

Refuse “smart” technology.

Strike the data mine. 

We look forward to Zuboff’s book, Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization, forthcoming in 2017.


No Matter How Ruined

During a time of abundant “clever despair”, we turn to a few paragraphs by Thomas Merton, writing in his prologue to No Man Is An Island. The images are from the work of Eva Hesse.

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A Head in the Clouds

Now comes John Durham Peters, floating a few thoughts in the vicinity of his book The Marvelous Clouds, in which he outlines a philosophy of elemental media that is anything but vague. The images are from the haunting cloud generations of artist Berndnaut Smilde.

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For once, we have nothing to add: The Marvelous Clouds offers an exceptional philosophical itinerary, pursued by a subtle, deep and playful mind. Highly recommended for all DP readers.


We Are Number One

Now comes poet Robert Bringhurst, through an essay written for the esteemed Dark Mountain Project, and excerpted below. The images are from a Robert Montgomery series of watercolour texts.

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This Is Your Fight

We are pleased to relay the following press release from the National Lawyers Guild, announcing a criminal complaint against Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier and other law enforcement agencies for unjustified and excessive use of force against the peaceful assembly of Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

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DOMESTIC TERRORISTS ASSAULT PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY WITH WATER CANNON

DOMESTIC TERRORISTS ASSAULT PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY WITH WATER CANNON

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Meanwhile, at least two thousand military veterans have committed to Stand With Standing Rock, and will begin to arrive this weekend. Veteran and former Baltimore police office Michael Wood writes:

We are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including the U.S. Army, United States Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard and we are calling for our fellow veterans to assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Dec 4-7 and defend the water protectors from assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force and DAPL security.

 We currently have over 2,100 Veterans on the roster. We’ll be standing alongside peaceful water protectors, who’ve endured violent attacks from the private security funded by DAPL and more brutality and arrests at the hands of militarized police and DAPL security. We have full support of the Sioux tribe elders and will be cooperating with them every step of the way.

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