July 15, 2019
July 15, 2019
July 14th celebrates the day the Bastille in Paris was stormed, thus leading to a major turning point in the French Revolution. Shortly after, feudalism was abolished.
Bastille day represents something much bigger than the sovereignty of the people, when one looks deeper, though people often want to leave it at that. Reactionaries often point to the French Revolution as the beginning of modernity, with which they give themselves no option but to have an antogonistic relationship, and many of them would prefer some type of monarchy.
Bastille day represents the moment in history when the Divine Right of Kings died in a metaphysical sense. That's something most reactionaries are not willing to admit. Monarchy was dead long before it was actually abolished (or in some countries, made impotent). Sovereignty was always a two-way relationship. When Royalty failed to do what it needed to keep the demos happy, the demos took over.
Bastille day is a good reminder that power is not about what one possesses, but that it is always a relationship. For whatever good or bad came out of the French Revolution, it was an inevitability born out of the impotence of an old power system that no longer believed in itself enough to continue into the next era.
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That all the members of an ethnicity could possibly be equal is a grave fiction. Racialist conservatives and reactionaries, often eager to disparage the Enlightenment, fall headlong into Enlightenment values the instant it benefits them by calling one's attention to those moments in history when our humble patriarchs only considered 'man' something entirely provincial and within reach.
The sovereign of the Tao Te Ching can be thought of as a metaphor for many sets of phenomena in the world. Those agencies are best which merely tweak and fix small things here and there. The law works best as a means to keep people accountable to their word, not as a way to see to it that everything fits within a perfectly rigid formula. Stipulations and repeatable procedure can certainly keep society functioning, but society flourishes best if there are people who are able to fix things and smooth situations over before they can go wrong. You don't get this by taxing the rich (at least not eternally, as kitten-soft establishment socialists would want).
Economic tragedies rest ever suspended over us in intervals between the moments in which they explode. Bataille's embrace of the tragic sense of the economy is as anti-utopian as it is ‘life affirming'-a Nietzscheanism without which Bataille would not be possible. But then, Bataille is not possible without De Sade either. Within De Sade's work is a key to understanding a system of exchange which throws aside the victimary moralisms socialism requires to dress itself as an utopian ideology whilst enjoying the same unencumbered power plays.
Representative government is rife with characters who are stationed for little other purpose than for the sake of flattering people's feelings. The representative leader or potential leader only represents desire. Granted, the representative leader may create the desire itself,
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