A 4th Museful Miscellany

Behind much talk of challenging power inequality, and attempted criticism of power structures, there lies no coherent, rational and secure vision of a better world, but an incoherent, insecure and irrational obsession with power itself, not as a means to an end but as an end in itself, a state of being. The seductive idea of power obscuring all other considerations. Much of this bloviation about "empowerment" in many circles seems to both perpetuate and mask a continued Enslavement, to a retrograde idea of Power Itself.

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When a group feels that there is only one person who could lead them to salvation, and that person dies before delivering, it sometimes occasions a strange mass delusion that this dead person is either not really or not permanently dead, and that he (it is always a he) will return someday to at last deliver them from their woes and foes. Prominent cases include King Arthur, Constantine Palaiologos, the Twelfth Imam, and even in a way Jesus of Nazareth. Lordy does hope ever spring eternal from the fount of untruth.

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There are some languages where different word-order may be as unimportant as that between a sleeping man, and a man sleeping. There are others where it is as crucial as the difference between a venetian blind and a blind venetian.


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We're caught between particularist weasels, libertarian assholes, intellectual midgets and a very hard place indeed. God how I yearn now for the good old days of Scylla and Charybdis.

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I'm glad the forbidden fruit Adam consumed was an Apple. Just think how much more damned we would all be if even the Fruit of Knowledge were running Windows.

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Plato, you're full of shit. There is no evil in this changeful material world. But the world of our immutable ideals is crawling with it.

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