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  • Bartleby as a new key figure in politics; Bartleby's consistently repeated phrase, "I would prefer not to,"
  • He offers, ultimately, a political figure of "unbearable, inert, insistent, immobile violence."
  • Žižek asserts that although the mental arrises from material neuronal processes, it nonetheless "breaks away" from being determined by those processes.

  • He maintained that, by calling people diseased, psychiatry attempts to deny them responsibility as moral agents in order to better control them.
  • "scientific categories" but they remain merely judgments (judgments of disdain) to support certain uses of power by psychiatric authorities.
  • Psychiatry, supported by the State through various Mental Health Acts, has become a modern secular state religion according to Szasz.

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  • prominent in the development of modern geography as a discipline

  • The idea of apocalypse — a literal end of history — for Kermode was one of the most ancient versions of these age-old attempts to construct a narrative coherence, and thus impose an apparent meaning, in relation to human existence.
  • St Augustine’s contribution, according to Gray, was to reformulate Christian thinking so that the coming of the Kingdom of God is seen as a spiritual event rather than something that would happen in the material world.
  • But it was the Jacobins in the French Revolution who converted Christian apocalypticism into a secularised ideology. It claimed to be based on science and reason, but argues Gray was, underneath it all simply a modernised form of the same old Christian apocalypticism.

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  • audit culture – the way teachers now have to be proficient with a whole skill set which has less and less to do with Teaching and Learning and more and more about book keeping.
  • and one of the regrettable effects of Badiou and Zizek has been to revive it
  • he pessimism is already embedded in everyday life - it is what Zizek would call the "spontaneous unreflective ideology" of our times. Identifying the embedded, unreflective pessimism is an act of negativity which, I hope, can make some contribution to denaturalizing that pessimism (which, by its very nature, does not identify itself as such, and is covered over by a compulsory positivity which forbids negativity).

  • that it is unlikely that the state can be toppled, instead it chooses to launch its projects of resistance from within its interstices
  • neo-Leninist
  • Bakunin has been chosen to represent anarchism

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  • Instead, his search for an identity led him to deliberately seek out a criminal life.
  • The compression and urgency of Naked Lunch in "the fragmentation of the text is like the discontinutity of the addict's life between fixe
  • In the post-Bomb society, all the mainstays of the social order have lost their meaning, and bankrupt nation-states are run by 'control addicts.'

  • Scrillex’s wobble, wobble, bass.
  • This music doesn’t exactly mirror the utopian trance of Paul Oakenfold’s ’90s, but has mutated in the conditions of depressed times, diagnosing the general disillusionment with, yet attachment to, the dream plaguing a great deal of America’s everyday, middle-class populace.

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  • What’s striking is the lack of explicit political content in any of this music.
  • It’s as if we’re left with a choice between the increasingly played out feel of ‘politically engaged’ music and the sound of the present.
  • so it’s possible to rise out of Grime (as artists such as Professor Green and Tinie Tempah have proven with their many crossover hits), but it’s not yet been possible for anyone to succeed as a Grime artist.

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  • For Baudrillard, the end of the Cold War did not represent an ideological victory; rather, it signaled the disappearance of utopian visions shared between both the political Right and Left. Giving further evidence of his opposition toward Marxist visions of global communism and liberal visions of global civil society, Baudrillard contended that the ends they hoped for had always been illusions; indeed, as The Illusion of the End argues, he thought the idea of an end itself was nothing more than a misguided dream:

  • Cultural values therefore serve to manage the terror of death by providing life with meaning.

  • He has held a variety of jobs, including stockroom assistant for Waterstone's, barman in his parents' pub, and a teacher in Ho Chi Minh City. He has also worked on a fruit and vegetable farm

    • let him who is without sin cast the first stone

      1. Only those who are faultless have the right to pass judgment upon others (implying that no one is faultless and that, therefore, no one has such a right to pass judgment). 

  • "Orwell proved to me that there existed an alternative to character, Intelligence. Beaton showed me another, Sensibility."
  • and he influenced his ideas on the role of a writer with a distaste for journalism.
  • "Approaching forty, sense of total failure: ... Never will I make that extra effort to live according to reality which alone makes good writing possible: hence the manic-depressiveness of my style,—which is either bright, cruel and superficial; or pessimistic; moth-eaten with self-pity."

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  • Our life looks trivial, and we shun to record it. Men seem to have learned of the horizon the art of perpetual retreating and reference
  • So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the pith of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
  • Grief too will make us idealists. In the death of my son, now more than two years ago, I seem to have lost a beautiful estate, — no more. I cannot get it nearer to me. If tomorrow I should be informed of the bankruptcy of my principal debtors, the loss of my property would be a great inconvenience to me, perhaps, for many years; but it would leave me as it found me, — neither better nor worse.

  • He must create some target for his passions and then arouse his desire, anger, fear, for this object he has created, just like children taking fright at a face they have daubed themselves.’
  • I’m off to indulge in the new sins of modern times, unproductivity and idleness.

  • Lowry,
  • in the heat of beating some deadline, there’s a certain masochism at the source of our pleasure.
  • a reflection on the masochistic promises of romance,  a romance that fails to deliver, and by its failure, delivers so much more.

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  • cappuccino frother, data enterer, trainee teacher, cashier, mail sorter, jobseeker, factory drone, warehouse operative, writer, street sweeper, audio tester and care worker.

  • The cheap food, free wifi, comfy chairs and extra chocolate chips all have that effect, mind-numbingly pleasing
  • Productive of what? It doesn’t matter. I think of social occasions before and my awkwardness in them, an awkwardness that now, looking back, seemed actually to be a general experience of most there, only I was too locked in myself to recognise that common awkwardness
  • Life feels much easier without the discomfort of people, and it reinforces itself like a cycle.
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