OK. I think our November, maybe December, meeting should center on Blowback and the relevance of doctrinaire foreign policy in our modern era after the fall of the Soviet thing. I was thinking about having this theme a meeting and extend the discussion to modern international problems coming from the Arab street and other stuff we can't understand at the moment. Let me write up a themed description and put it out there.
0 · September 26, 2012
I think we should consider reading Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.
Take a look at the video that explains the link between the CIA tortures and this doctrine.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
The bestselling author of No Logo shows how the global free market has exploited crises and shock for three decades, from Chile to Iraq In her groundbreaking reporting over the past few years, Naomi Klein introduced
1 · September 19, 2012
Question was raised during last meeting " Being filmed by a stranger and posted on You tube v/d being filmed by Gov. or a drone" - They are not same ! e. g. A person buying " Mein keimpf" -When Gove. films it as oppoesed to a Citizen can lend one in Jail during future confilct with Germany or at least prevent me from getting Visa to Israel - I have Lebenese Christian Friends who were hesitant to checkout books from Library in 2001 after the patriot act.
0 · September 19, 2012
This is part of the present resistance: (From DemocracyNow): "As the Chicago public school teachers’ strike enters its second day, we’re joined by the journalist and author Chris Hedges. "The teachers’ strike in Chicago is arguably one of the most important labor actions in probably decades," Hedges says. "If it does not prevail, you can be certain that the template for the attack on the union will be carried out across the country against other teachers’ unions and against the last redoubt of union activity, which is in the public sector, of course — firemen and police." Hedges continues, "It’s always the ruling class that determines the parameters of rebellion and resistance. And the Chicago strike illustrates the bankruptcy of both traditional labor and the Democratic Party. And that’s why the Occupy movement was so important." Hedges is the author, with illustrator Joe Sacco, of the new book, "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt."
0 · September 12, 2012
I shall frame my own reply to my question after conducting my own humble web search. Our extremely insightful Leader chose a collection of essays of wide import and relevance to our time. Firstly, Camus repudiated my label (in my post, below) of his early thinking as "Existentialist"; secondly, this collection of essays was assembled by Camus shortly before his death and were originally published in 1960. They reflect his concerns regarding the French Resistance during the Occupation during World War II, the Algerian War against French Colonialism, through what we term the "Cold War"; moreover, they address what Camus and others considered to be civil social injustices.
My disclaimer to these petty details is that all the above is meant to satisfy a need to provide some historical background to the generation of these essays and in no way is it meant to diminish the importance of their content to our upcoming discussion, to which I greatly look foward.
0 · August 24, 2012
These excerpts beautifully address a category of societal problems that is so vast, yet so relevant. I broke out an old copy of Camus' "The Stranger", a very early work, first translated into English in 1946, which addresses the major part of his thinking, which is in ontology (so-called "Existential" thinking). He, as you know, was born in Algeria and I am curious to learn whether the abovementioned essays were written during the Algerian war for independence against France (Camus by this time was well known and esconced in the Parisian literary world) or whether they were written during the Occupation during World War II. I tend to think the former, but would be very curious to know the date of publication, if possible.
0 · August 23, 2012