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  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post The Future Is Not Ours (and Neither Is the Past) by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-07-22 01:31:41View | Delete

    Anything but critique capitalism? Capitalism is the deal-breaker. This idea of the infinite expansion of capital on a small planet? Well, first the nation-states decided to fight imperial war, to see whose capital was going to expand infinitely first — Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Turkish empire versus the conquerors of Africa, Australia, and North America. [...]

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Some words about “Star Wars” by cassiodorus.

    2014-07-20 12:20:56View | Delete

    Right — there was an example to show that good writing can become a good movie.

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Some words about “Star Wars” by cassiodorus.

    2014-07-20 12:20:08View | Delete

    It’s possible that what made science fiction great during the Cold War was in fact the Cold War, and also perhaps the Golden Age of Capitalism (1948-1971) with which it coincided. It’s hard to imagine anything like LeGuin’s “The Dispossessed” or Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” or Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” coming out now.

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Some words about “Star Wars” by cassiodorus.

    2014-07-20 02:21:09View | Delete

    Lucas himself implies a similarity between the Storm Troopers and Soviet troops in the editor’s commentary to “Return of the Jedi” when he brings the Emperor into the plot at around 38:30 of the movie: “The Emperor is coming to visit the Death Star so it’s like a big parade of all of their weaponry; [...]

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Some words about “Star Wars” by cassiodorus.

    2014-07-20 01:00:36View | Delete

    Applepie, we can only hope. My recollection of “Star Trek: Voyager” was that the plots became increasingly repetitive in the later seasons because, honestly, there’s really only so much a scriptwriter can do with a starship lost in the galactic boondocks. And wasn’t the last episode resolved with a deus ex machina, with Voyager sent [...]

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Robert Silverberg by dakine01.

    2014-07-19 18:24:51View | Delete

    It’s not really surprising that Silverberg’s stuff hasn’t made it to film — what makes it to film are Star Wars prequels, because George Lucas. See my piece here.

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Some words about “Star Wars” by cassiodorus.

    2014-07-19 18:23:56View | Delete

    I don’t need to look in a mirror to know that you’re making stuff up. Here’s a hint: when you talk about me, try sticking to stuff you can document.

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Some words about “Star Wars” by cassiodorus.

    2014-07-19 14:06:54View | Delete

    I’ve seen a bit of the Clone Wars series. I want to see what happens to Ahsoka Tano when Anakin joins the Dark Side and becomes a Sith Lord. If the “shroud of the Dark Side” made the Jedi into idiots, can I get an exemption for my favorite characters?

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Some words about “Star Wars” by cassiodorus.

    2014-07-19 13:54:38View | Delete

    Well I find commentators who think I am using an “ideological lens” to be themselves quite boring. Nobody, least of all myself, said that Star Wars was a plot to fire up the Cold War. The original trilogy nonetheless was shown to a world which experienced Cold War politics, and its “evil empire” thematic was [...]

  • cassiodorus wrote a new diary post: Some words about “Star Wars”

    2014-07-18 21:20:16View | Delete

    ThumbnailI’m writing this short piece more or less as a commentary on the various news releases now issued in advance of “Star Wars Episode VII ,” the forthcoming Star Wars motion picture. Watching “Star Wars” movies makes me want to imagine an alternative historical time-line in which “Star Wars” didn’t exist, and some other more deserving story popularized [...]

  • America would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, 45 percent of voters say, while 38 percent say the country would be worse off.

    Romney would have been a better President, but for only one reason: under Romney the Obots would shut up.

  • What good is it for politicians to do anything if the financial powers that be kick them off of the gravy train?

  • cassiodorus commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 15:29:53View | Delete

    This thread is not about Jill Stein. Jill Stein is not an alternative, because nobody is allowed to talk about Jill Stein. Don’t vote for Jill Stein. Jill Stein is not a political option. Nobody will vote for Jill Stein anyway. Jill Stein’s website is http://www.jillstein.org/ , but nobody should view it because that would be a waste of time. Jill Stein runs for President with the Green Party, but nobody should vote Green because the Green Party isn’t viable. Jill Stein wants a Green New Deal (http://www.jillstein.org/green_new_deal ), but a Green New Deal isn’t possible because Jill Stein isn’t viable…

    etc. etc.

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Capitalism Will Last Forever, Or Maybe Not by cassiodorus.

    2014-06-27 07:53:24View | Delete

    I have no “confusion regarding monopoly.” If I am confused about anything it is you. Why do you think it is necessary to give the current system of political economy a different name than capitalism if it has the same properties as capitalism, but is also characterized by the hypertrophy of finance? The Frankfurt School [...]

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Capitalism Will Last Forever, Or Maybe Not by cassiodorus.

    2014-06-25 08:21:19View | Delete

    If “that system of capitalism doesn’t exist,” are you saying that capitalists no longer extract the surplus produced by wage labor, or that things all the way down to the necessities of life are no longer commodities? And would you be willing to elaborate on the distinction between “extracting wealth” and “expanding wealth”? My recollection [...]

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post So That’s Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret by David Swanson.

    2014-06-24 20:27:55View | Delete

    Romney or McStain would have been far worse.

    Not really. The difference is that people like you would actually object to a Republican President.

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Capitalism Will Last Forever, Or Maybe Not by cassiodorus.

    2014-06-24 09:14:34View | Delete

    Well in various countries of Asia and Africa and South America today there is a sort of debt-based slavery. Kevin Bales discusses this in his books. There is also a lot of constrained labor under capitalist conditions — which is the subject of a number of Tom Brass volumes.

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Capitalism Will Last Forever, Or Maybe Not by cassiodorus.

    2014-06-23 21:16:18View | Delete

    Well I appreciate the bravado of your rhetorical stance, defogger, but perhaps you could clarify your statement with a couple of definitions, so that your readers understand you more clearly. 1) Capitalism is a system in which everything down to the necessities of life is a commodity and profits are made by appropriating the surplus [...]

  • cassiodorus commented on the diary post Capitalism Will Last Forever, Or Maybe Not by cassiodorus.

    2014-06-23 19:17:30View | Delete

    Thanks OB!

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