Ontological closure


Online discussion is today what the original neckbeards made it centuries ago. If neckbeard can be accepted as a derisory term for a youngish man who is socially awkward, physically unappealing-to-repulsive (because of hygiene habits more than physique), and personally obsessed with nerdery emanating from computing and escapist cultural fads, then the progenitor of that species must surely be a monk of the Dark Ages. Obsessed with scholastic but pointless logical debates about smartarse new ways to win the argument that god exists, must exist, and is better than your own shitty conception of a deity. A scholasticism that encapsulates almost all online arguments, because these are overwhelmingly not about discovering something new, rather than establishing the ‘correctness’ of each neckbeard participant.

That thought, coming at the end of a train of thought described below, offers me a deliciously funny imagined visualisation of half-pissed, fat, unwashed, and unruly monks burbling bullshit over rough wooden refectory tables laden with more wine than food. Something from a Monty Python sketch.

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Demand Schäublexit, not Grexit

Former Greek Finance Minister, Dr Yanis Varoufakis, deserves to be read as a counterpoint to largely trivialised reporting of the Euro-Greek crisis.


Central to Varoufakis’s contention is the charge that German Finance Minister, Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, has always desired the exit of Greece from the Eurozone, and no amount of negotiations would have satisfied him or his coterie of Washington Consensus (my phrasing, not Varoufakis’) hardliners.

Underlying the economic arguments from technocrats impervious to human consequences of policy, however, is the real danger to Greece, and all of Europe.

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