The Burning Block Issue 5

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In issue 5 of The Burning Block, the theme of politics is considered as a mechanism which absorbs the apolitical. Ruminations on monarchy, culture and the effect that streetlights have on human consciousness sit beside anecdotes of childhood memories in which the perennial absurdities of human social interactions appear in skewed and playful forms.

In this issue, one is also introduced to the idea of occult politics, which could be said to be a means of re-examining conspiracy theory by placing Machiavelli and Lao Tzu at poles which represent two different theories of sovereignty.

THE BURNING BLOCK

Philosophy, Politics, Literature

No.5

November 18, 2017

EDITOR

SHANE EIDE

Copyright

© The Burning Block Issue 5

Edition 1 Published by Shane Eide, November 18, 2017

Edited by Shane Eide

Cover design by Shane Eide

Cover image by Fred Velvet

Portland Oregon

The contents of this issue may not be republished elsewhere or redistributed by anyone but the editor, with the exception of brief excerpts for the sake of review or critique of ideas herein.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Letter From the Editor

Occult Politics

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

Whale Watching

Defending Native America

The Economics of Tragedy

The Apolitical in Politics

Cake On a Napkin

Monarchial Insolvency

Thoughts on American Literature

Singularity and Shame

Politics and the Primordial

Smile for Posterity

Anarchy vs. Autarchy

Genocide and Proximity

The Origins of the Right

Revolt Against the Current Year

The Ethno-State is a Zoo

Before the Portal

Streetlights and Straightjackets

Twenty-First Century Nearsightedness

Voting for Samadhi

Impotence and the Divine