Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Healthcare Is My Third Rail

"Under Obamacare, the majority leader’s home state, Kentucky, experienced one of the biggest reductions in the rate of uninsured people of any state in the nation."--NYT

The beyond stupid sadism of this only has to do with the momentum behind the effort to destroy Obamacare: "a black man created a law, so thousands of Americans must now die." (About 29 000 per year it has been estimated, once they go back to being screwed by the insurance companies.)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My Letter to John Cornyn (TX senator) on the Republican "health care" bill

Dear Sir,

I'm a Texan who is very concerned about the Republican health care bill that the Senate is about to vote on.

I'm almost tempted to encourage you all to pass it, just so that everyone will always remember that the thing that killed and made bankrupt so many people all over again was done in the summer of 2017 by the Republicans, a summer that will always bear that infamy.

All right then, do it. Pass it. Let thousands of people die, and reap the consequences of being so blinded by hatred of a black man's bill that thousands of actual Americans had to die.

Yours sincerely,
Timothy Morton

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The UK Election

This is much better than the 1997 Labour landslide. Why?

It's not happening inside of Tory space. The Conservatives owned political space since 1979 and were able to vilify and pathologize Labour. No more.

Now they will have to compromise, and been seen to do so, aka "being weak" from the point of view of the rigid right. UKIP will abandon them therefore. Labour will be the moderating voice of reason in Brexit.

The media will have to take Labour seriously and in a different way than simply saying "they're just like Thatcher only better."

The Tories won't be in charge of the symbolic framework at all, for the first time since 1979. People will see them having to listen to and respect Labour. They won't be able to idealize May or whatever, idealize what might have been, because she wasn't defeated massively. They will own all the failures. May and the Tories as currently configured will wither away. Labour broke their serve. The Tories are finished in a much worse way than in 1997. Bye!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

You Can Pre-Order Humankind

If you're in the USA, the UK or elsewhere I think you can do it on Amazon. I haven't looked at other places yet.

Look at the nice blurb (that's what the description is in fact called; an endorsement is in fact traditionally a puff!):

A radical call for solidarity between humans and non-humans

What is it that makes humans human? As science and technology challenge the boundaries between life and non-life, between organic and inorganic, this ancient question is more timely than ever. Acclaimed Object-Oriented philosopher Timothy Morton invites us to consider this philosophical issue as eminently political. It is in our relationship with non-humans that we decided the fate of our humanity. Becoming human, claims Morton, actually means creating a network of kindness and solidarity with non-human beings, in the name of a broader understanding of reality that both includes and overcomes the notion of species. Negotiating the politics of humanity is the first and crucial step to reclaim the upper scales of ecological coexistence, not to let Monsanto and cryogenically suspended billionaires to define them and own them.