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If you want to argue that a specific law is necessitated by some kind of universal principle, you cannot then change basic principles to match the perceived needs of the moment without admitting, pretty clearly, that principles are irrelevant, window dressing, the lipstick you put on the pig when it’s not being slaughtered.

This is about rape, and what it means, and what we think it means. As a culture, we still refuse collectively to accept that most rapes are committed by ordinary men, men who have friends and families, men who may even have done great or admirable things with their lives. We refuse to accept that nice guys rape, and they do it often. Part of the reason we haven’t accepted it is that it’s a fucking painful thing to contemplate – far easier to keep on believing that only evil men rape, only violent, psychotic men lurking in alleyways with pantomime-villain moustaches and knives, than to consider that rape might be something that ordinary men do. Men who might be our friends or colleagues or people we look up to. We don’t want that to be the case. Hell, I don’t want that to be the case. So, we all pretend it isn’t. Justice, see?

Trigger Warning Week — Laurie Penny, guest-posting on Zunguzungu

A Day in the Life of Biblioteca Popular Victor Martinez (People’s Library), August 13, 2012, East Oakland

All photos by Andrew Kenower

Go inside. Close All windows and doors. Turn off all heaters. Air conditioners and fans. If not using the fireplace. Close fireplace dampers and vents. And cover cracks around doors and windows with tape or damped towels. Media news networks will continue to carry updated emergency information. Stay Off the telephone unless you have a life threatening emergency.

Aaron Bady, “It has been fully contained, but it is not yet extinguished”

If it’s the other way around, however—and if the state can do anything it’s not specifically barred from doing—then we have the reverse scenario. If the law doesn’t tell the government how to regulate speech or commerce, then the government gets to decide how it wants to regulate speech or commerce and even if it wants to at all. In other words, the fact that you haven’t loaded Driving for iDummies on your laptop might not stop it from sneaking out while you’re sleeping and taking your girlfriend’s Honda Fit for a late-night tryst. After that, it might decide that human beings are a contagion and set off to eradicate them. Not having been instructed on when and where it is appropriate to exterminate all human life, it might well decide that today is the day to get some real work done.

Aaron Bady, “Dumb Computers, Smart Cops”

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So I’m not interested in calling The Dark Knight Rises names; I’m interested in understanding what it is. And what it is, it turns out, is an effort to evade the consequences of its own parable, just as conservatives never want to remember how closely aligned their tradition has been with actual fascism. 

Zunguzungu, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Dark Knight”

Why is it so important that we see Tarzan lift and carry Jane that we’re willing to get rid of basic plausibility? And why has it remained one of the most enduring images of pop cultural superheroism?

Aaron Bady, Trailing after Tarzan

Wall Street in a sentence: “The incentives are to cheat, and cheating is profitable because there are no consequences.” 

Sunday Reading (On Monday!) with Zunguzungu

To say that memory can deceive us is to perpetrate a dull cliche, however, and this is not the point. Instead, I would put it to you that the point is this: forgetfulness is what saves us, what gives us a second chance. Those who forget the past are not condemned to repeat it, but the reverse is true. Only those who forget the past will ever free themselves from it.

How shall we read this photo?


Sunday Reading, Zunguzungu

Sunday is a figment of your imagination. Wake up sheeple.

What voters thought they wanted is irrelevant next to the awesome, implacable, and majestic power of our corporate masters. Every other industrialized country in the world has universal health care, but that doesn’t mean we should hold ourselves to that impossible standard. It can’t happen here. And just because our overuse of fossil fuels threatens to radically transform the planet’s climate and destroy human civilization forever, well, again, that’s no reason to think that policies which don’t favor the oil and gas industries are anything other than an absurd joke for unrealistic people. But despite this utterly reasonable state of affairs, there is one minor fly in the ointment: because things we want are simply not possible to achieve, we run into the problem that the word “win” threatens to fall out of common usage. Once we’ve accepted permanent defeat, what would that word even be used to indicate? 

Aaron Bady, For the Win: Failure!