Convincing Structuralist Argument

The final lines of one of the scariest books I’ve read in a long time, Götz Aly & Susanne Heim’s Architects of Annihilation: Auschwitz and the Logic of Destruction:


Our study has shown that the modern praxis-oriented social sciences and the reception of their findings in the seats of political power played a significant part in the decisions that led to systematic mass murder. If the links between Auschwitz and visionary German projects of the time for a modernized and pacified Europe are denied or ignored, then Germany’s crimes appear as a descent into barbarism and a break with Western civilization—rather than a potentiality inherent within it…

…External circumstance changed profoundly in 1945. But that change was by no means irreversible. The particular historical constellation in which such murderous plans could be carried out is no longer in place—not here, not now. Perhaps it [the Holocaust] was unique—in every sense of the word. But the calculating, expediency-driven thinking in which mass murder became a ‘useful’ instrument of structural planning and development policy—that remains very much of the present.

News of the Day

You gotta learn something on the radio while you’re driving out to Aldi, right?

The Bosnian Serbs in Banja Luka have been ordered by a local court to pay $42 Million for the destruction of 16 local mosques during the 1992-1995 war. Hopefully this is a verdict that leads to more reconciliation than resentment, but I have my doubts.

Futurism turns 100 years old tomorrow. Quite an ironic concept that. February 20th marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto in the French newspaper Le Figaro. The movement, which called for the glorification of war and the rejection of tradition and religion as a basis for life, inevitably became associated with Italian fascism and lost a lot of its bite. Nevertheless, it was a major turning point in the aesthetics of 20th century art, the reverberations with which we are still living.

And finally the funniest story I heard all day. A British soldier stationed in Bergen-Höhne, Germany was arrested after driving two (yeah two) tanks off his base in the middle of the night without authorization. Apparently he stole the first one and proceeded to run it off of the road into a tree. So what’s he do? Goes back and gets another one. My favorite line of the story: “Reports that the soldier had been drinking could not be confirmed.”

Since you haven’t seen me in awhile…

Ween at their Pink Floydesque best. “Did You See Me?”

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For when you know what you want, but just don’t know how to go about getting it: