I’ve been a bad blogger. Very busy, otherwise keeping contact with my own thinking mainly through tweeting and commenting elsewhere off in the intervoid.
Beyond that just finished Polanyi’s The Great Transformation (see sidebar). I found myself wondering all along why exactly it has not been broadly and widely enough discussed for me to have been even vaguely familiar with it. It’s a critique of 19th Century European civilization viewed from just the other side of its long drawn-out collapse. With an emphasis on economic history, Polanyi offers a unique, persuasive, and powerful systematic explanation of the modern era from the advent of classical liberalism to the time of his writing, 1944, and he anticipates almost eerily, and anyway quite successfully, the theoretical and ideological problems that dominate political discussion in our time.
I’d like to say more, but will have to let what perhaps ought to have been an essay unfold instead in bits and pieces and tweets and comments over the coming days, weeks, months – though if you have any ideas or criticisms re: Polanyi, please let me know. I’m not sure I’d ever encountered his work or any significant statement about it when I noticed the G.T. in an Amazon recommendation.
Otherwise, I’m feeling sorry that I haven’t at least been blogging up – noting, expanding upon – whatever I’ve been leaving behind elsewhere or condensing into 140-character lines… marriage equality, international law, the GOP telenovela, the Obama uptick, Syria, Iran, the Super Bowl, Eastwood/Chrysler, Hoekstra, yoga, pets, twitter-reality, my toes…
Will try to be a better boy from now on I promise.