Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The différance of Reality in Trump World, My World, the USA and the Political Reality of Trump's Future Presidency in the Actual World



I have gotten about halfway through “Mr. Popular,” an article in this past Sunday New York Times Magazine, and have had to stop reading, as I am too disturbed to continue. The Article is about Andy Cohen creator of Real Housewives and Watch What Happens reality shows empire, and the sub text in the article, the relationship reality TV has to our current reality show election, president elect, Donald Trump and the presidency to come. I must ask why I’m so disturbed in order to understand my own participation in “The Donald Runs for President Show,” and the “Trump President Elect Show” as they have been performed on the stage of world politics. The most difficult part of all this – I must try to understand how I will perform in The “Trumpty Dumpty Presidency Reality Show,” about to begin.

The most telling moment in “Mr. Popular” happens at the beginning when a stagehand on Cohen’s set for season seven of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion show says when asked if a fireplace on the TV set is a working fireplace, “It’s not, not a fireplace,” That statement indicates the “actuality” of reality TV, because just like the entire set, the fireplace isn’t a fake fireplace. It is a fake, fake fireplace and It just looks like a fake or a real fireplace. So, the set for the production is removed two steps, that is differed from reality as is the nasty rhetoric of the mean spirited argumentative women orchestrated by Cohen.*2 Later, in a conversation between the article’s author and one of the women in the show we are told that she actually feels “like [she is] walking to the electric chair” though she is participating in a television show performance, and knows that it is a performance directed by Cohen whom she also sees as being like “Jesus,” in that she can ask for things to be a certain way, but he may or may not grant that request.

Unfortunately, in the actual world of US politics all this orchestrated mean spiritedness does affect the position of our culture, society and country in the real world. I find myself reacting to the bizarre concatenation of events surrounding Trumps run for president - his performance as president elect, vituperous tweets, choice of associates, and now cabinet - in unsettling ways. I am angry and have been performing that anger in mean spirited ways on Facebook and in this Blog, Trumpageddon 101. In fact, the name I’ve coined, “Trumpty Dumpty” is directly related to Donald Trump’s use of diminutive terms to denigrate political opponents, though I would hardly place myself on the same playing field as, Donald Trump in that regard. However, I, Donald Trump, and we as a nation are performing a complicated and mean spirited game with world players for whom this is no political game. We have effectively removed (differed) ourselves from actuality, playing our parts on an actual world stage with actual consequences in world politics, We are all playing with fire.

Notes

Brodesser-Akner, Taffy, “Mr. Popular,” New York Times Magazine, Sunday, January 15, 2017 (35-39).

*1 Fleck, Ludwig. The Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1981. I am using the word, “actuality” in the way it was used by Ludwig, Fleck in The Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact. In that text, Fleck uses “actuality” to denote the world in which facts matter, as opposed to the reality of diurnal performance on the stage of scientific discourse.

*2 Derrida, Jacques, Writing and Difference, University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition, February 15, 1978. I am using (differed) here in the sense of différance as used by Derrida, as distance in understanding and placement of reality.

Krasner, David, Saltz, David Z., Editors, Staging Philosophy: Intersections of Theater, Performance and Philosophy, University of Michigan Press (2010),

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Choose Your Friends Carefully

He who has his enemy's love and trust is in a far better position to attack, later, when the time is right.
K.J. Parker, Devices and Desires

I’ve been reading the dossier on Donald Trump and his compromised relationship with the Kremlin put together by the former British spy, Christopher Steel who is now in hiding in fear for his life, as well as watching and reading all the controversy in the news media surrounding it. One thing is certain, if only 5 percent of the information contained in Company Intelligence Report 2016/080 can be verified as accurate and correct, our president elect is in grave danger in so many ways, including the possibility of impeachment. However, since James Comey will either resign or be replaced, and all the other heads of the intelligence agencies will also be replaced, I doubt that we will ever know how much of this report can be verified.

There is so much mayhem surrounding the election of Donald Trump that I wonder how it will be reported in future history. I hesitate to give the collective issues - Russian interference in our election process in favor of Trump and against Clinton, the queer, and I’m using the term in its more general meaning, “odd," love Trump seems to have for Vladimir Putin, Trump’s own misogynistic self aggrandizing personality, James Comey, the FBI directors meddling in the election process, the above mentioned document, and the xenophobia and racism that festers within the entire 2016 election process, as well as within Trump’s coterie of advisers, not to mention Trump's conflicts of interest between his company and the Presidency - a name or title. I wonder if such is possible. One thing for certain, our President Elect is in one heck of a muddled, and I think dangerous mess even before he takes over the most important Job in the world. If I could offer Donald Trump any advice, I would tell him to 1) divest, and 2) mind his back, his front, and beware of the man he would like to befriend.

Note

Trump-Intelligence-Alligations.pdf, Confidential/Sensitive Source: Company Intelligence Report 2016/080, Christopher Steel, on Buzzfeed, https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html. Originally posted on Jan. 10, 2017, at 6:20 p.m.Updated on Jan. 10, 2017, at 9:09 p.m., Viewed 10:45 PM, EST, Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"Indivisible," the new guide by former Congressional staffers tells how to organize local grass roots anti Trump groups. It is down loadable.

There is a group in my local town and I will join it.



The pamphlet looks at how the Tea Party was formed 8 years ago to fight against President Obamas huge mandate. It goes on to use the The Tea Party template to form a huge grass roots movement against the pathetic Electoral College win / popular vote loss "mandate" that Trumpty Dumpty has to destroy the USA as we know it.