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HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V B…

October 24th, 2014

If ideology was originally a bridge between the system and the individual as an individual, then the moment he steps on to this bridge it becomes at the same time a bridge between the system and the individual as a component of the system. That is, if ideology originally facilitated (by acting outwardly) the constitution […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 24th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Orchard Place Marietta police chief plans to retire in Feb. Drug trafficker gets 90-day jail sentence Seismic testing Old vs. new in Ohio House race Top Headlines Poll: Do you plan to support the Children Services levy in the coming election? Great pictures of Marietta… […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V A…

October 23rd, 2014

WE HAVE seen that the real meaning of the greengrocer’s slogan has nothing to do with what the text of the slogan actually says. Even so, this real meaning is quite clear and generally comprehensible because the code is so familiar: the greengrocer declares his loyalty (and he can do no other if his declaration […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 23rd, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Seismic testing Old vs. new in Ohio House race Local man to get six months Applications for Secret Santa Top Headlines Poll: Do you plan to support the Children Services levy in the coming election? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

PARKED IN THE PORTE COCHERE

October 22nd, 2014

James Lee Burke has a vocabulary all his own and the common words arch across novels, decades and characters. The phrase Porte Cochere (see page 326) literally means coach door, and is one that I’ve always thought meant what I would call a carport. I wasn’t far wrong, but there is history and a regionalilty […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART IV C…

October 22nd, 2014

The post-totalitarian system touches people at every step, but it does so with its ideological gloves on. This is why life in the system is so thoroughly permeated with hypocrisy and lies: government by bureaucracy is called popular government; the working class is enslaved in the name of the working class; the complete degradation of […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 22nd, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Banishing bullies Belpre man gets 4 years Accomplice gets prison Former Steeler to speak locally Around Town Top Headlines Poll: Do you plan to support the Children Services levy in the coming election? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART IV B…

October 21st, 2014

Ideology, in creating a bridge of excuses between the system and the individual, spans the abyss between the aims of the system and the aims of life. It pretends that the requirements of the system derive from the requirements of life. It is a world of appearances trying to pass for reality. From The Power […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 21st, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE (Note: Newseum doesn’t usually update the front pages until 0630 or so) Today’s headlines include: Local News Providing safe haven for animals a labor of love What the Children Services Levy means Guilty plea for drug trafficking Gator’s open for business Warren schools looks at 5-year forecast Top Headlines Poll: […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART IV A…

October 20th, 2014

BETWEEN the aims of the post-totalitarian system and the aims of life there is a yawning abyss: while life, in its essence, moves toward plurality, diversity, independent self-constitution, and self organization, in short, toward the fulfillment of its own freedom, the post-totalitarian system demands conformity, uniformity, and discipline. While life ever strives to create new […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 20th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Fire crews practice techniques on donated structure Career Center project finally sold Fall fun for all on the farm Paying it forward: School volunteer finds job rewarding WSCC offers honors program to new students Top Headlines Poll: What do you do with your leftover Halloween […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART III C…

October 19th, 2014

The smaller a dictatorship and the less stratified by modernization the society under it, the more directly the will of the dictator can be exercised. In other words, the dictator can employ more or less naked discipline, avoiding the complex processes of relating to the world and of self-justification which ideology involves. But the more […]

NOT THE (SUNDAY) MARIETTA TIMES…

October 19th, 2014

TODAY’S PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News MasqueRave Heritage Day draws visitors Wood early voting starts Wednesday W.Va. political figure, doctor Gillespie dies North Hills has field of nine candidates Top Headlines Poll: Was it appropriate for outgoing Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly to sit with Washington Redskins owner Dan […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: IIIB…

October 18th, 2014

Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world. It offers human beings the illusion of an identity, of dignity, and of morality while making it easier for them to part with them. As the repository of something suprapersonal and objective, it enables people to deceive their conscience and conceal their true position and […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 18th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Food safety Local Democrats rally at dinner Woman awaits sentencing for drug trafficking Call of duty in Marietta 130 years in city; roots in Harmar Top Headlines Poll: What’s your level of confidence in the government’s response to Ebola? My confidence is high that we […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART III B…

October 17th, 2014

Let us take note: if the greengrocer had been instructed to display the slogan “I am afraid and therefore unquestioningly obedient,” he would not be nearly as indifferent to its semantics, even though the statement would reflect the truth. The greengrocer would be embarrassed and ashamed to put such an unequivocal statement of his own […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 17th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE (Note: Newseum doesn’t usually update the front pages until 0630 or so) Today’s headlines include: Local News Breast cancer Marietta firm helps famed QB Custodian foils school break-in No Ebola screening at local airport Council opts for hearing on oil, gas lease Top Headlines Poll: How would you react if […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART III A…

October 16th, 2014

THE MANAGER of a fruit-and-vegetable shop places in his window, among the onions and carrots, the slogan: “Workers of the world, unite!” Why does he do it? What is he trying to communicate to the world? Is he genuinely enthusiastic about the idea of unity among the workers of the world? Is his enthusiasm so […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 16th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Hearing in murder-for-hire case A place in history Traffic delays likely for a week at Pike, Seventh, Greene Business impact of legal pot is discussed Zombies invading Harmar Top Headlines Poll: Should marijuana laws be loosened in Ohio? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART II G…

October 15th, 2014

The profound difference between our system—in terms of the nature of power—and what we traditionally understand by dictatorship, a difference I hope is clear even from this quite superficial comparison, has caused me to search for some term appropriate for our system, purely for the purposes of this essay. If I refer to it henceforth […]

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