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22 Jun 2016 at 9:17 pm #8357
I will be in Germany from June 30 to July 11 for the Second Berlin Conference on Cormac McCarthy. I look very much forward to seeing those of you who will be joining us.
The Society’s online bookstore will be closed during the same period, needless to say. You will be able to order books, t-shirts and so forth but nothing will be shipped during those eleven days.
It’s shaping up to be a terrific conference. I’m sure there will be several reports back to the forum while we’re in progress and afterwards.
22 Jun 2016 at 10:11 pm #8358
Are there any new topics for discussion popping up at the academic McCarthy gatherings? Any “new” directions or leads?
mff9200Quote23 Jun 2016 at 5:17 pm #836124 Jun 2016 at 3:14 pm #8365
Short answer is yes, Ruben (nyuknyuknyuk), but I’ll have more for you all both during the conference and after I get home.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people of my beloved bride’s home country for shooting themselves in both kneecaps yesterday and driving the pound down into Mad Hatter country. They have made my forthcoming trip to London (August 1) a lot less expensive.
25 Jun 2016 at 7:35 am #8367
Yes, I too will take advantage of the plummeting pound when I visit the benighted shores of (Nigel)Farragoland in mid-July. Cue the Sex Pistols: “A cheap holiday in other people’s misery.”
cantonaQuote28 Jun 2016 at 1:59 pm #8370
When you arrive on these shores you will find a country that has gone entirely insane. I have never in my life known a period like the last five days. The Leave campaign appear completely startled to have won and don’t seem to have any notion what to do next. People are hanging around in the hope an answer might present itself. Meanwhile, lots of imbeciles are intoning “the British public have spoken” as if a 52-48 split on a 75% turnout represents some form of unanswerable mandate.
Meanwhile, I don’t know if you’ve been getting news of the official opposition’s implosion. Three quarters of the Shadow Cabinet have resigned. Today there was an 80% vote of no confidence in the leader, Jeremy Corbyn by the parliamentary Labour Party. And he refuses to resign. It is impossible to overestimate the preening, self-obsessed narcissism of the ultra-left wing.
robmcinroyQuote28 Jun 2016 at 3:54 pm #8371
Rob: not if you’ve watched Bernie Sanders and his army of angry white adolescents huff and puff and try to bully their way through the Democratic primary campaign, it isn’t.
28 Jun 2016 at 10:22 pm #8375
“It is impossible to overestimate the preening, self-obsessed narcissism of the ultra-left wing.”
Yes, he should go, but you could say the same about those Labour Party MPs now lining up to put knives in his back. Like it or not, Corbyn was voted in by Labour Party members. Why, then, should these preening self-obsessed narcissists invalidate what was a huge majority?
I was mostly with you up till this last sentence; but your use of “ultra-left” is straight out of the Daily Mail. In one fell swoop it dismisses the countless students, teachers, nurses, factory and office workers who saw Corbyn as a breath of fresh air – and probably still do. I know of several people who voted (I didn’t, by the way) for him; not one would I bracket as remotely ultra-left.
Once again the progressive left shoots itself in the foot. Meanwhile Boris Johnson lets out a huge satisfied belch.
cantonaQuote29 Jun 2016 at 9:52 am #8378
Boris Johnson looks like a cross between Donald Trump and Andy Devine.
29 Jun 2016 at 1:58 pm #8382
I’m not suggesting for one moment that those who voted for Corbyn are preening, self obsessed narcissists. I reserve those epiphets for Corbyn himself. And invoking the Daily Mail is a fallacious argument, seeking to caricature my position. Again, I am not categorising the students, teachers, nurses and factory and office workers as extremists or ultra-left. Rather, they are people with strong needs and desires and concerns for both themselves and society. Such people, though, are capable of making mistakes, and they made a huge mistake in believing that this Pied Piper could truly deliver what he promised and in following him on his impossible journey into socialist nirvana. At least the Americans haven’t fallen for the same trick with Bernie Sanders.
My ire is restricted solely for Corbyn, and it is only him I am categorising as an ultra-left, self-obsessed narcissist. And I find it impossible to see how anyone could view the events of the past three days and not come to the same conclusion. The narcissism behind his astonishing lack of self-awareness is remarkable.
But, worse than that, he appears perfectly prepared to see the Labour Party destroyed as long as that ensures his political philosophy remains unsullied. Everything becomes subservient to the great god, socialism, even the mechanics of politics itself. And that is madness: political victory is, after all, the only way that politicians can turn their vision into social reality. But Corbyn appears impervious to reason. The hard left and hard right always are. They are ideologues to such an extent that no rational debate is possible. Nothing can permeate their sense of moral superiority or prick their innate belief that theirs is the one true way and no alternative is permissible. Nothing is every their fault. Everything is always a plot by the establishment to discredit them. No view of theirs can ever be held open to scrutiny.
Instead, Corbyn lumbers on in pursuit of his impossible dream. Meanwhile, the great whale of the Labour Party will become beached and will lie slowly dying on the sand. It will soon expire and then it will wither and rot until only its bones remain, white and gleaming in the sun. Then Jeremy Corbyn will turn and smile and rejoice in the glory of his vision revealed.
Meanwhile, the controls of Playstation Britain will be passed from one Bullingdon boy to another and the process of dismantling the state that was begun in 2010 in the spurious name of austerity will continue unabated. The £160m I have had to help remove from my Council’s budget since 2010 will rise to £200m, and with it the hopes and dreams and opportunities of those students and teachers and nurses and factory and office workers who chose to believe and were betrayed and are now being cast aside in the name of ideology.
I can’t see any alternative but for another schism in the Labour Party, such as we had in the eighties. Then, though, the rump defected to the new SDP and the Labour Party, with its history and vision and ideals, remained bloodied but still viable. Honorable men like Kinnock fought the fight. This time, it is the party, the real heart of social justice and decency in our society, that will have to relocate, leaving the asylum in the hands of the lunatics. The Labour Party will cease to exist as a legitimate political force. You could argue its already has: any political party must be viable in order to pursue its vision, but the Labour Party has already ensured it is completely unelectable. It is an existential suicide and I’m deeply upset about what these cretins are doing to the party.
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