Table of Forthcoming Contents: Voegelin/Hegel, Lib v Dem (re Islamism), Torture/0D30

My New Year’s Resolution on greater indiscipline was intended to help me “put out” more material, but has instead, as perhaps should have been predictable, had the exact opposite effect. So far. I’ve actually been quite productive, I think, but haven’t brought very much to publishing term. I think this situation may change soon, however, perhaps under the pressure of events and responsibilities, though I’m often completely wrong about such matters… so we’ll see, or maybe we won’t, we’ll see, etc. I’m also thinking about some new formats for reading post sequences in the order presented instead of in backwards chronological regular blog and archive orders.

And I’ve also been working on transferring my dad Duncan MacLeod’s old 78rpm demo discs to didge. Here’s my favorite track so far:

There are eight at Soundcloud, or SoundMacLeod, now.

The rest of the post is hidden under the “Spoiler” below.

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For now, just to keep track, and to help those at home playing along while possible new topics or other contingencies intrude on best-laid self-publishing plans, I have the following pieces on file undergoing additional work:

  • A second and third post on Eric Voegelin’s Gnosis… the second concerning especially an unacknowledged Hegelian or idealist Christology, or description of Christianity in history; the third (unless the second ends up being divided or another or others in the same series need to be interposed) looking more specifically at Christianity in relation to Nazism, and in more general relation to an anti-ideological or anismistic and syncretic philosophy of history. These posts all follow the series that began with my questions about belief and the non-declaratory faith of the Nones. I think I have all but promised future posts in this series, including some further discussion of Hermann Cohen, Kojève’s radical atheism, and a closer look at Hegel’s theology and philosophy of world history. Since this examination is turning out to unify numerous strands of inquiry, it just keeps growing and consuming, utterly monstrously…
  • Two additional posts on the Complexity of Torture,one on defining the issue, the other on how we discuss it politically. A 0D30 review may count as a fourth post, but will more likely have to stand on its own – assuming time and opportunity both to see the movie and to write on it arise.
  • A now three-part post on contradictions within Liberal Democracy of Relevance to Islamism……should be appearing soon if things go reasonably well, though I had expected to be putting it up long before now (before I perhaps unwisely entered Voegelin-land and theology): an introductory post, a post on the internal contradictions of the liberal democratic regime form, and a post on the contradictory relationship to religion in liberal democracy. The overall themes and structure were previewed in the theses I posted on the same topic, under the larger Cairo and Philadelphia rubric. If time permits, I will add an annotated bibliography.


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  1. I feel like in the distant past you’ve referred to your dad’s musical career and the effect on you growing up. Maybe something about all that would be something for you to consider writing about.

    Anyway, look forward to all that to the menu you’re working on – just keep rollin along.

    • As for my dad’s career, unfortunately far too fascinating and sad for me to write about without seeming simply fascinated with myself. I’d have had to have set aside a few years to write a novel about my parents before I was born, since I was born around the time of the peak of his career, and it was all downhill into a debilitating complex of interrelated diseases, physical and mental – nearly killing him, injuring his voice; also accentuating my mother’s (and sister’s, and my own) depressiveness and other severe emotional problems – and long drawn-out divorce and associated problems from there. It was so alienating that transferring these recordings is almost the first time I have ever heard him singing anywhere near the peak of his powers – which were actually somewhat legendary, for a time: I probably heard both him and the recordings when I was too young to know what I was hearing, but my mother couldn’t stand to be reminded of earlier times and broken dreams, and he and I hardly had any relationship at all for most of my adult life – until after she died. Before then, what I actually heard as I was growing up was pervaded by failure, regret, and conflict, amidst struggles to re-gain forever-lost capacities, and so on…

      So… now you know…

      • I don’t mean to presume…but this strikes me as a good opening paragraph.

        As for it as information,my reaction is that unreliable narrators and nonlinear time are a couple of my favorite devices.

        In any case, good luck with this project.

        • Un-subtly the same paragraph, written or “re-played” over and over again, re-initiated at various points in the “song,” played at different “speeds” and “volume” or “heard” with greater or less attention, eventually confirmed as its own enclosure. See no reason why I couldn’t spend the rest of my life doing it, assuming I’m not already doing that. Or could structure one version of it as a response to a sequence of questions from an interested listener, the questions like cues to one and then another spot in the track. You’re welcome to try playing that second role. Could keep us busy for the next 5 – 10 years. The fact that the music means close to nothing to you seems quite right, since I find it so terribly moving… What percentage would you want from the mega-profits?

          • Well it early to assess our relative contrbutions. I have an unfinished novel in the attic, maybe we could use chunks of that. It has nothing to do with your project, but it could boost my word count.

              • That can be hard to tell sometmes.

                I do get you point about the relatve emotional impacts of your dad’s music. On the other hand the sketch you’ve provided does have an emotional resonance for me. Our family dynamics have hardly emerged unscathed following my brain injury. There were points at which thngs could easly have gone much worse. Some of those times seemingly random and arbitrary events made the difference between disaster and not disaster.

  2. that is one hell of a rich, full voice.
    the piano is being played with closed fists and you can’t hear the drummer at all.

    gonna go listen to all the rest.

  3. got a great kick out of hearing about a bone for the dog so long that it took 15 seconds to describe.

    would suggest that at minimum you put up the music on a post here and include, if possible, a picture of the artist as a young man. the only snap I’ve been able to locate is from 2010.

  4. What do you mean you found a snap of “the artist of a young man”? You found a picture of my father? Where? I’ve got access to lots of them, and, if I weren’t so busy going on and on about political philosophy AND trying to make money, I’d be finishing up the transfer of music. But thanks for listening to the cuts, as it’s helping me to re-focus on the project.

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