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Dispatches from the American Gray Zone

Cultural denial in an era of global civil war

by Jonathon Sturgeon

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really interesting piece about the meaning of civil war and how it's blurred

Sturgeon, J. (2018). Dispatches from the American Gray Zone. Chris Lehmann, 39, pp. 38-46

(noun) the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment

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meliorist apostles of peaceful order such as Steven Pinker

—p.38 by Jonathon Sturgeon
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meliorist apostles of peaceful order such as Steven Pinker

—p.38 by Jonathon Sturgeon
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[...] we might describe civil war as the incurable autoimmune illness of global capitalism: a disease that attacks all systems of the international body from within—indeed, pitting each against the other—calling into question the function and sovereignty of every organ.

ooooh i like this

—p.38 by Jonathon Sturgeon 2 months ago

[...] we might describe civil war as the incurable autoimmune illness of global capitalism: a disease that attacks all systems of the international body from within—indeed, pitting each against the other—calling into question the function and sovereignty of every organ.

ooooh i like this

—p.38 by Jonathon Sturgeon 2 months ago

just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary

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the inchoate study of unsanctioned chaos bred by intrastate violence

—p.41 by Jonathon Sturgeon
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the inchoate study of unsanctioned chaos bred by intrastate violence

—p.41 by Jonathon Sturgeon
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tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory (alt: irenic); a part of Christian theology

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the sunny fables of irenic global uplift featured in Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature

cool word

—p.42 by Jonathon Sturgeon
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the sunny fables of irenic global uplift featured in Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature

cool word

—p.42 by Jonathon Sturgeon
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[...] post-Enlightenment literature, is his own. In the end, Pinker is merely waving a tattered banner of Enlightenment liberalism at the specter of a diverse range of thinkers he might as well have from clipped from the bibliography of an overheated Dinesh D’Souza diatribe—his featured anti-Progress apostates are Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Zygmunt Bauman, Edmund Husserl, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Jean-François Lyotard. His consideration of civil war, in other words, is a matter of politics, not science. And politics, as that Progress-baiting post-philosophe Foucault wrote, “is the continuation of civil war.”

lol

—p.43 by Jonathon Sturgeon 2 months ago

[...] post-Enlightenment literature, is his own. In the end, Pinker is merely waving a tattered banner of Enlightenment liberalism at the specter of a diverse range of thinkers he might as well have from clipped from the bibliography of an overheated Dinesh D’Souza diatribe—his featured anti-Progress apostates are Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Zygmunt Bauman, Edmund Husserl, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Jean-François Lyotard. His consideration of civil war, in other words, is a matter of politics, not science. And politics, as that Progress-baiting post-philosophe Foucault wrote, “is the continuation of civil war.”

lol

—p.43 by Jonathon Sturgeon 2 months ago

(linguistics) the omission of a sound or syllable when speaking OR the act or an instance of omitting something

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the triumphal liberal history of modern conflict, which consecrates itself by touting its defeat of totalitarianism, and elides anti-fascism in all of its guises by presenting it as, in one way or another, unitary with fascism

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the triumphal liberal history of modern conflict, which consecrates itself by touting its defeat of totalitarianism, and elides anti-fascism in all of its guises by presenting it as, in one way or another, unitary with fascism

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lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group, which lessens social cohesion and fosters decline; popularized by French sociologist Émile Durkheim in his influential book Suicide

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overcome cultural narcissism and reckon with the anomie of civil war

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overcome cultural narcissism and reckon with the anomie of civil war

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The only memory of the age of fire and blood that was the first half of the twentieth century that it seems necessary today to preserve is the memory of the victims, innocent victims of an explosion of insensate violence. In the face of this memory, that of the combatants has lost any exemplary dimension, unless that of a negative model. Fascists and anti-fascists are rejected equally as representatives of a bygone age, when Europe had sunk into totalitarianism (whether Communist or Nazi). The only great cause that deserved commitment, so post-totalitarian wisdom suggests, was not political but humanitarian. So Oskar Schindler has dethroned [French Resistance leader] Missak Manouchian. The example kept in mind today is that of the businessman (a Nazi party member) who rescued his Jewish employees, rather than that of the immigrants in France (Jews and Armenians, Italians and Spaniards) who fought against Nazism in a movement linked to the Communist Party.

The example of Oskar Schindler here is instructive. Traverso is alert to the problems posed by a modern culture industry that would lionize a Nazi, by way of Steven Spielberg’s Best Picture entry Schindler’s List (1993), at the expense of a historical narrative that could accommodate a communist anti-fascist combatant such as Manouchian who had been murdered by Nazis. Such a history would, by necessity, strive to understand the World Wars as more than a series of interstate struggles, ultimately rendering them more intelligibly, and compellingly, as a series of violent civil wars between partisans and fascists.

hmm this makes me think about WWII in a whole new light. would like to re-read Martin Gilbert's Complete History of World War Two (which had a huge impact on me when i was like 15) and see how it reads to me now

(quote from Enzo Traverso’s Fire and Blood: The European Civil War (2007))

—p.44 by Jonathon Sturgeon 2 months ago

The only memory of the age of fire and blood that was the first half of the twentieth century that it seems necessary today to preserve is the memory of the victims, innocent victims of an explosion of insensate violence. In the face of this memory, that of the combatants has lost any exemplary dimension, unless that of a negative model. Fascists and anti-fascists are rejected equally as representatives of a bygone age, when Europe had sunk into totalitarianism (whether Communist or Nazi). The only great cause that deserved commitment, so post-totalitarian wisdom suggests, was not political but humanitarian. So Oskar Schindler has dethroned [French Resistance leader] Missak Manouchian. The example kept in mind today is that of the businessman (a Nazi party member) who rescued his Jewish employees, rather than that of the immigrants in France (Jews and Armenians, Italians and Spaniards) who fought against Nazism in a movement linked to the Communist Party.

The example of Oskar Schindler here is instructive. Traverso is alert to the problems posed by a modern culture industry that would lionize a Nazi, by way of Steven Spielberg’s Best Picture entry Schindler’s List (1993), at the expense of a historical narrative that could accommodate a communist anti-fascist combatant such as Manouchian who had been murdered by Nazis. Such a history would, by necessity, strive to understand the World Wars as more than a series of interstate struggles, ultimately rendering them more intelligibly, and compellingly, as a series of violent civil wars between partisans and fascists.

hmm this makes me think about WWII in a whole new light. would like to re-read Martin Gilbert's Complete History of World War Two (which had a huge impact on me when i was like 15) and see how it reads to me now

(quote from Enzo Traverso’s Fire and Blood: The European Civil War (2007))

—p.44 by Jonathon Sturgeon 2 months ago

the highest point in the development of something; culmination or climax

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he New Yorker—the apotheosis of culture industry liberalism

—p.45 by Jonathon Sturgeon
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he New Yorker—the apotheosis of culture industry liberalism

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