Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Two fine long posts on Scritti Politti's Early, one from the heavily Lacanian k-punk, which links to the other by someone new to me. Same blogger is currently working through a variety of music c. 1974: Gaynor, Roxy, Essex.


Papal consideration by actual lapsed (I think) Catholic, Keith Harris. (Recall that one of the first exchanges on this blog, coming up on two years ago, was w/ Keith about the classic-rockist : Catholicism :: indie-rockist : Protestanism SAT item.)

Me, I was just going to get all Hitchens and run a thought experiment on what the Church would do if the Vicar of Christ had lapsed into a vegetative state for over a decade. But you get the point.

This is somehow related to last leg of the drive home, after several hours bouncing among various CDs, Kings Radio (the inexiplicable Central California FM station that plays things like the love theme to "High Noon" and Johnny Horton's "Sink The Bismark," plus examples of a truly lost art, internally produced commercials -- with jingles -- for local business in Visalia and surrounding), and bulletins on PJ2's vital signs, finally passing (perhaps even rolling) though Pasadena* to the tune of Ramelzee yammering about some Gothic Bible held in the bowels of the Vatican. Those w/ a taste for wild transhistorical theorizing on the Sunny Blount-Spooky continuum, click here.

*Found, bought remaindered copy of At Port Royal; sorry, Chris, but I'll make sure it gets a good home.


Regarding what's really at stake w/ legislation like the Schiavo bill, cf. Rousseau, On the Social Contract:

"Thus, just as a private will cannot represent the general will, the general will, for its part, alters its nature when it has a particular object; and as general, it is unable to render a decision on either a man or a state of affairs. When, for example, the populace of Athens appointed or dismissed its leaders, decreed that honors be bestowed on one or inflicted penalties on another, and by a multitude of particular decrees, indiscriminately exercised all the acts of government, the people in this case no longer had a general will in the strict sense. It no longer functioned as sovereign but as magistrate."

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