Older than we thought: ‘The Crisis of the Humanities’

Inquiry

This is the sort of article that seems too easy to interpret to support one’s own prejudices. Indeed, the authors cite important examples of how Max Weber’s work was misinterpreted to support scholars’ own prejudices. But if I understand correctly, Weber sought to elevate inquiry itself as a calling.[1] Then again, it’s much too easy to misinterpret. I think I want the book anyway.

Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon, “Max Weber Invented the Crisis of the Humanities,” Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2020, https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20200206-MaxWeber


Authoritarianism

George Monbiot’s use of the word fascism is neither entirely consistent nor entirely inconsistent with my own.

Monbiot is writing about authoritarianism—and this is the term he prefers—but considers it a root of fascism. In this work,[2] he does not recognize the cycle I consider essential to fascism, that being where violence, whether structural or physical, is deployed as a means of building popular support, even as I think the regimes he points to indeed do just that.[3] At the same time, in seeking to distinguish authoritarianism from fascism, he repeats the much-more-often-than-not seen error of failing to offer a definition for the latter.[4]

Still, his essay is important in documenting a pattern of right wing authoritarianism—I mean to distinguish this from authoritarian populism if only because I have not satisfied myself that this is indeed the same phenomenon—around the world.[5] My own work has concentrated on the United States but I have seen what looks a lot like authoritarian populism certainly in Britain, where I’ve argued it originated, with Brexit, and I have seen neoliberalism, the so-called “Washington Consensus,” as having been imposed throughout the world by way of institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. I need to at least begin considering how my seven tendencies of conservatism[6] may indeed have global applicability.

George Monbiot, “The Roots of Fascism,” February 11, 2020, https://www.monbiot.com/2020/02/11/the-roots-of-fascism/


  1. [1]Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon, “Max Weber Invented the Crisis of the Humanities,” Chronicle of Higher Education, February 6, 2020, https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20200206-MaxWeber
  2. [2]George Monbiot, “The Roots of Fascism,” February 11, 2020, https://www.monbiot.com/2020/02/11/the-roots-of-fascism/
  3. [3]David Benfell, “A simple definition of fascism,” Not Housebroken, July 6, 2019, https://disunitedstates.org/2019/07/06/a-simple-definition-of-fascism/
  4. [4]George Monbiot, “The Roots of Fascism,” February 11, 2020, https://www.monbiot.com/2020/02/11/the-roots-of-fascism/
  5. [5]George Monbiot, “The Roots of Fascism,” February 11, 2020, https://www.monbiot.com/2020/02/11/the-roots-of-fascism/
  6. [6]David Benfell, “The seven tendencies of conservatism,” Irregular Bullshit, n.d., https://disunitedstates.com/the-seven-tendencies-of-conservatism/

Catalonia is occupied territory: Daily Bullshit, September 29-October 2, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally published October 1, 12:53 pm.
  2. A new blog entry, entitled “On the naked display of sovereignty,” is up.
  3. October 1, 8:30 pm:
    • Catalans who voted and whose votes weren’t seized by police supported the referendum calling for independence and the Catalonian government made noises indicating it “would set in motion a potential secession based on the results.”[1] (Catalonia)
  4. October 1, 11:39 pm:
    • The margin in support of independence for Catalonia was apparently 90 percent.[2]
  5. October 2, 10:53 pm:
    • “The Catalan parliament in Barcelona had been due to debate tomorrow whether it should leave Spain. Last night, however, it emerged that the parliament would not meet and would merely set a date for its next session.”[3] (Catalonia)
    • There is a new blog entry, entitled “What’s the end game?

Catalonia

Questions that shall not be asked are a critical theorist’s bread and butter. As promised earlier, there is a new blog entry, entitled “On the naked display of sovereignty.”

British Broadcasting Corporation, “Catalan referendum: ‘Hundreds hurt’ as police try to stop voters,” October 1, 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-4146103

Guardian, “Catalan referendum: preliminary results show 90% in favour of independence,” October 1, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/01/dozens-injured-as-riot-police-storm-catalan-ref-polling-stations

Peter Geoghegan, “Catalonia votes amid violent clashes,” Deutschewelle, October 1, 2017, http://www.dw.com/en/catalonia-votes-amid-violent-clashes/a-40770357

Jeannette Neumann, Jon Sindreu, and Pietro Lombardi, “Catalans Support Secession From Spain in Vote Boycotted by Opponents,” Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/voters-turn-out-in-catalonia-for-independence-referendum-1506838287

Jon Sindreu, Pietro Lombardi, and Marina Force, “Hundreds Hurt as Catalans, Spanish Police Clash Amid Independence Referendum,” Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/voters-turn-out-in-catalonia-for-independence-referendum-1506838287

Graham Keeley, “Catalans press pause on drive to declare full independence,” Times, October 3, 2017, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/catalans-press-pause-on-drive-to-declare-full-independence-v5nvqqm7t


Hugh Hefner

Okay, children. Can you say “Cre-ee-e-p-y?”

Laurel Wamsley, “Hugh Hefner’s Final Resting Place? The Plot He Bought Next To Marilyn Monroe,” National Public Radio, September 29, 2017, http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/29/554574570/hugh-hefner-s-final-resting-place-the-plot-he-bought-next-to-marilyn-monroe


Adjuncts

Alastair Gee, “Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars,” Guardian, September 28, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/28/adjunct-professors-homeless-sex-work-academia-poverty


  1. [1]Jeannette Neumann, Jon Sindreu, and Pietro Lombardi, “Catalans Support Secession From Spain in Vote Boycotted by Opponents,” Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/voters-turn-out-in-catalonia-for-independence-referendum-1506838287
  2. [2]Guardian, “Catalan referendum: preliminary results show 90% in favour of independence,” October 1, 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/01/dozens-injured-as-riot-police-storm-catalan-ref-polling-stations
  3. [3]Graham Keeley, “Catalans press pause on drive to declare full independence,” Times, October 3, 2017, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/catalans-press-pause-on-drive-to-declare-full-independence-v5nvqqm7t