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I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Read more

Champagne plays a large role in our pop-culture psyche. From movies to  elite soiree’s, to a quick way to get drunk. Champagne is an important object in the world of prestige and social ladders – it is the one object that separates and divides – even when we’re not aware of it. In the magazine The Atlantic, writer Emily Temple says this: Successful marketing during the Industrial Revolution helped to firmly establish Champagne’s reputation among the middle class and affluent… Read more

                    There’s this whole talk of global narratives and identity and what’s going to happen when when reach the zero point of society [some use the word ‘apocalypse’] – although, no, I don’t think we’re heading to some global dissolution of humanity – I do believe we’re coming to a particular time in history where crisis has turned to crises [economic, ecological and so on] – and the question of legacy must be now, take seriously – almost… Read more

Symbolic violence is related to, and participates in systemic violence, but it refers more specifically to the violence of language. The patterns of social life that are encoded within our language are violent insofar as they presuppose and reify relations of domination. Any revolutionary knows that the first step towards revolution is the discovery of a new mode of language that names things differently. This practice of naming, when done in such a way as to dominate and control is… Read more

Benevolence is the new opium of the masses. “When we are shown scenes of starving children in Africa, with a call for us to do something to help them, the underlying ideological message is something like: “Don’t think, don’t politicize, forget about the true causes of their poverty, just act, contribute money, so that you will not have to think!” ― Slavoj Žižek Now commonly termed an obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessional neurosis can involve a range of experiences including persistant, unwelcome… Read more

 ‘Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn’t give you what you desire – it tells you how to desire’ – Slavoj Zizek In the movie Warm Bodies we encounter a movie that follows the overly tired structure of any romantic comedy today. You know, the one where a clan of the undead seek out the last remaining warm-blooded remnant in a virus-laden post-apocalyptic reality overseen by none other than John Malkovich himself. You know, that overused narrative arc where… Read more

John Keating: No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary. Powell: Ha! Did you think you were free? Where were you going at : today? into the gym, right? in the morning, your wake-up call. in the middle of the night when you wake up sweating, with your heart pounding. What… Read more

A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort, or enslaves him, or attempts to limit the freedom of his mind, or compels him to act against his own rational judgment … is not, strictly speaking, a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang-rule. – Ayn Rand We need creativity in order to break free from the temporary structures that have been set up by a particular sequence of experience. Edward de Bono   Today,… Read more

Lorna Freytag Blog – New Cbeebies Animation “What’s the Big Idea?”…. Read more

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