Tagged: Lena Dunham

Democratic convention, Act 2

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Roll call.

Utah, the beehive hairdo state! …

History made: Ms Clinton is the nominee, Mr Sanders departs the stage gracefully.

Cecile Richards’ appearance at the convention is a giant middle finger to Carly Fiorina and Fox News, and the Colorado Springs mass murderer who was inspired by both.

Lena Dunham and America Ferrara deal themselves in.

As this goes on, Berniebros are holding a cry-in at the media tents.

A Queens congressperson accuses Mr Trump of being a real life Bobby Axelrod (of Billions).

Howard Dean reenacts “The Scream” and appears tame compared to Mr Trump.

Bill Clinton spins an effective yarn, at odds with the meta-narrative of Mr Trump and Berniebros.

Glass ceiling smashed.

It’s over.

Clock strikes ten

The shift from humourless intersectionality to ironic, lifestyle feminism is welcome. Thank you, Ms Dunham.

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In the wake of the Greece debacle (for Mr Tsipras and the demagogue Varoufakis), talk of the final days of capitalism is sure to ensue. It’s worth remembering that the end of capitalism was just around the corner. In 1848. The final crisis of capitalism never quite happened. Hence, in its place there arose the “crisis of crisis theory” (Claus Offe). Anyone recall the “falling rate of profit”?

Capitalism is always innovativing, which Marx recognised. Methods of procuring profit are revolutionised constantly; whatever does not work, is abandoned. What Marx failed to recognise was the role that the state would play in extending the shelf life of capitalism well beyond his worst fears. The state is not merely the “executive committee” of the bourgeoisie in its struggle against the working class; it is also an engine of capitalist expansion. Most importantly, the state makes the ethereal, invisible hand quite visible to investors.

The term “postcapitalism” is a fudge on the fact that it’s still capitalism (or “late capitalism” as per Adorno). Mr Graeber is, at best, a theorist of the “last crisis,” not the “next crisis” and certainly not the “final crisis,” which never arrives anyway. My advice: don’t waste time enrolling in Potlatch Economics 101.

Something every day

The original Boston Tea Party involved posh British-colonial landed gentry and wealthy merchants, who disguised themselves as blacks, Indians, and women in order to carry off what amounted to economic espionage; it was behavior worthy of what today would be called the Bullington Club ethos of the participants.

Members of the media show their true colours during a disaster, no longer the esteemed “4th Estate” revealing the truth of power, but rather a rapacious horde producing soon to be unconfirmed “scoops” as the prize of fleeting journalistic glory.

Is it too early for Je suis Lena (Dunham)?

Harry Kane is the English Messi. Nothing can stop him.

I’m pleased to see Ms Knox having a joyous sense of relief after the vendetta waged against her for eight years has finally come to an end.

The glamorous life

The only time Kanye West was right about fashion was when he donned the leather kilt.

The existence of Babymetal demonstrates there might yet be hope for Japan. An old Situationist like Malcolm McClaren would have enjoyed Babymetal. And tried to make money from it.

Mark Zuckerberg was upset (at 21:38) by the film The Social Network. Even billionaires get hurt.

Taylor Swift is a leading light of post-third wave feminism (joined by Lena Dunham, Keira Knightley, Emma Watson, and Beyoncé).

Notorious

Republicans have stoked hatred towards the government for decades and towards the President and his family since he first ran for office. These home invasions are the logical outcome of the symbolic violence streaming from every media orifice of conservative America.

Lena Dunham, bohemian + wealth: a charmed life.

Infantile criticism: Ms Paglia has an ax to grind and found what she felt was a convenient target upon which to launch a broadside at liberal/leftist academics blah blah blah. I find her simply moronic; her assertions (like the following) are unsupported by evidence: “Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties.”

In reality, there have been mishandled cases of sexual assault. Also cases of sexual assault have been under-reported. However, rather than recycling vintage 1950s anti-leftist boilerplate (“The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia.”), it would be more precise to look at administrators who oversee campus safety. A much simpler and less ideologically juicy explanation is available: large institutions behave badly in an effort to protect their financial interests (i.e., civil suits). Just look at the US military (not a bastion of leftism) and the problem of sexual assault.

Night vision

Freud should receive a posthumous Nobel Prize.

Lacanians destroyed psychoanalysis.

Lena Dunham should write better lines/parts for the women characters.

Monocles have never been out of fashion. Neither have opera glasses.

The conflict over charter schools in New York City is a distraction from Benghazi.

Sunday

Jezebel‘s request for un-retouched photos of Lena Dunham from her Vogue shoot is just the logical outcome of the politics of body image; wrong-headed but expected.

Schadenfreude is a dish best served in writing.

The theoretical premises of American social adjustment psychology don’t require maths to debunk them.

Religion is a warm bath, enlightenment, a cold shower. Some people like to be put to sleep, others enjoy being wide awake.

It is apt that this piece appears under the heading “idle chatter.”