Archive for November 24th, 2008

In Tongues

I’m Not One Of Those ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ Christians | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

My faith in the Lord is about the pure, simple values: raising children right, saying grace at the table, strictly forbidding those who are Methodists or Presbyterians from receiving communion because their beliefs are heresies, and curing homosexuals. That’s all. Just the core beliefs. You won’t see me going on some frothy-mouthed tirade about being a comfort to the downtrodden.

I’m a normal Midwestern housewife. I believe in the basic teachings of the Bible and the church. Divorce is forbidden. A woman is to be an obedient subordinate to the male head of the household. If a man lieth down with another man, they shall be taken out and killed. Things everybody can agree on, like the miracle of glossolalia that occurred during Pentecost, when the Apostles were visited by the Holy Spirit, who took the form of cloven tongues of fire hovering just above their heads. You know, basic common sense stuff.

Well I laughed.

Two Cheeks Etc

Through the Glasses Darkly — In These Times

Consequently, the main task of the ruling ideology is to impose a narrative that will not put the blame for the meltdown onto the global capitalist system as such, but on, say, lax legal regulations and the corruption of big financial institutions. Against this tendency, we should insist on the key question: which “flaw” of the system as such opens up the possibility for — and continuous outbreaks of — such crises and collapses?

Zizek is completely right here. There is local relevance to this. Witness Enda Kenny’s enumeration of how Fine Gael differs from Fianna Fail:

Decisive management the key to handling fiscal crisis – The Irish Times – Thu, Nov 20, 2008

I recently witnessed a Fine Gael TD in an argument with someone who follows the Fintan O’Toole line that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are essentially the same.

“Give me two differences,” the questioner demanded. “Just two, between your lot and Fianna Fáil.” The answer came without hesitation. “First, Fine Gael never had a corrupt leader. Second, we tell the truth about the economy.”

There’s a third. Economically, we combine decisiveness with direction and we always put the public interest first.

From Kenny’s own disclosure as he makes the best possible case for differentiating between his party and the main party in government, there is no systematic issue at stake: all is a mere matter of having the right people in place to carry out the job of administering parliamentarian capitalism. He elaborated on this in his speech at the weekend:

Kenny warns against defending ‘bad banks and delinquent developers’ – The Irish Times – Fri, Nov 21, 2008

“Repairing our national reputation for responsible economic management will be tougher. But we must start by assuring depositors and investors that our banks have enough capital to absorb the likely losses from reckless property lending in recent years,” he said.

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November 2008