The one, the only

Sister Site

« Pretty planes | Main | For we need a little music, need a little laughter, need a little singing ringing through the rafters »

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451be5969e2015393e8f152970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Ode to joylessness:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

J. Dvorak

"I mean they set out to make us practice virtues they believe we lack, their own virtue or lack thereof being beside the point." I know someone like that quite well. Quite uncomfortable at the moment.

Marcus

Thanks, Lance. Another brilliant, on-the-money post. I never fully bought the argument, but I remember some smart person back in the days of the never-ending Whitewater "scandal" making the case that what really riled the right-wingers about Bill and Hillary was that they had had too much fun, together, in the late 60s and early 70s, and were therefore irredeemable.

Eric

"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." H. L. Mencken.

Your youthful composition is sufficiently different to be free of taint of plagiarism.

Earl Bockenfeld
"I'm so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I'm frightened to death. They're having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism."

The "I" in that sentence is Frank Luntz, Republican strategist and notorious spin meister. The "They" is the Occupy movement. Which scares him. A lot.

I want to agree with what he says here and add another thought: dehumanizing the protesters is part of a larger process of dehumanizing all the victims of the economic recession. Since that figure includes, to one extent or another, most of us, that means the best bet for the right now is encourage a culture of complete alienation, where we not only can't feel empathy for people down the economic ladder from us, but also a culture where our attitude towards people like us is indifference and towards people up the ladder is uncritical and worshipful. It seems pretty clear to me that the person who looks at the Occupy movement and says “let them eat pepper spray” is very likely going to be the same person who looks at someone with a shitty job and say “Fuck them and I have some ill-informed judgements to make on their lifestyle.”

I honestly think a lot of conservatives are conservatives because it’s easier in some ways to hate those who suffer than it is to feel bad for them. Or perhaps they’re just too scared of the idea of a world where you can suffer without deserving it to admit that that’s the world we now live in.

It also explains the escalating hostility to even the most basic forms of sexual expression, unless they're tightly controlled and has all the eroticism squeezed out of them. Sex is a subversive force, after all, that encourages intimacy and affection and distracts you from constantly establishing dominance and submission in every encounter you have. Sex is usually about being coming together, having pleasure in each others company, and/or intimacy.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Data Analysis

  • Data Analysis
My Photo

The Tip Jar


  • Please help keep this blog running strong with your donation or subscription
  • Contact by Snail Mail
    Lance Mannion
    PO Box 732
    New Paltz, NY 12561
    USA



Twitter Updates

    follow me on Twitter

    Be Smart, Buy Books


    Movies, Music, Books, Kindles, and more

    Categories

    October 2014

    Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2 3 4
    5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    12 13 14 15 16 17 18
    19 20 21 22 23 24 25
    26 27 28 29 30 31  

    For All Your Laundry Needs

    Blog powered by Typepad

    In Case of Typepad Emergency Break Glass