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HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V I…

October 31st, 2014

It can be said, therefore, that ideology, as that instrument of internal communication which assures the power structure of inner cohesion is, in the post-totalitarian system, some thing that transcends the physical aspects of power, something that dominates it to a considerable degree and, therefore, tends to assure its continuity as well. It is one […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 31st, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Oil & gas leases Nine years in prison for ATM heists Detroit woman admits to local heroin trafficking Frontier’s financial future tied to levy The little house of worship Top Headlines Poll: Which political party do you think will claim victory after Tuesday’s election Great […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V H…

October 30th, 2014

Western Sovietologists often exaggerate the role of individuals in the post-totalitarian system and overlook the fact that the ruling figures, despite the immense power they possess through the centralized structure of power, are often no more than blind executors of the system’s own internal laws-laws they themselves never can, and never do, reflect upon. In […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 30th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News The Unitarians Warren student honored for helping 2 who OD’d Hearing tonight on city’s oil, gas lease Monroe Co. pipeline explodes; no one injured Drainage issues brought to city council Top Headlines Poll: Do you believe in ghosts? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V G…

October 29th, 2014

Because of this dictatorship of the ritual, however, power becomes clearly anonymous. Individuals are almost dissolved in the ritual. They allow themselves to be swept along by it and frequently it seems as though ritual alone carries people from obscurity into the light of power. Is it not characteristic of the post-totalitarian system that, on […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 29th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News RED RIBBONS Bed tax reallocation debated Man gets jail sentence for selling drugs Pageant crowns Miss Belpre in Bloom Homeschool co-op expands learning Top Headlines Poll: What do you do with your leaves? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V F…

October 28th, 2014

If ideology is the principal guarantee of the inner consistency of power, it becomes at the same time an increasingly important guarantee of its continuity. Whereas succession to power in classical dictatorship is always a rather complicated affair (the pretenders having nothing to give their claims reasonable legitimacy, thereby forcing them always to resort to […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 28th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News World history Armory’s ground floor Plea deal on hold as man changes his story Family dispute sparks Warren lockdown Marietta board reviews forecast Top Headlines Poll: Are you a hunter? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V E…

October 27th, 2014

Yet, as we have seen, ideology becomes at the same time an increasingly important component of power, a pillar providing it with both excusatory legitimacy and an inner coherence. As this aspect grows in importance, and as it gradually loses touch with reality, it acquires a peculiar but very real strength. It becomes reality itself, […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 27th, 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 Trunk or treat Switzerland Schools seeks voter support OPOTA driver training Paying it forward: EMT, firefighter and city supporter YMCA Corporate Cup event makes a comeback Top Headlines Poll: Will this week be […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V D…

October 26th, 2014

As the interpretation of reality by the power structure, ideology is always subordinated ultimately to the interests of the structure. Therefore, it has a natural tendency to disengage itself from reality, to create a world of appearances, to become ritual. In societies where there is public competition for power and therefore public control of that […]

NOT THE (SUNDAY) MARIETTA TIMES…

October 26th, 2014

TODAY’S PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL FRONT PAGE (Note: Newseum doesn’t usually update the front pages unit 0630 or so) Today’s headlines include: Local News Monster Mash Flow-testing used by firefighters, PUB Legislators disagree on need for bill Man arrested following shooting reports Merry-Etta Christmas parade slated Top Headlines Poll: Have police departments begun to overreact […]

HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART V C…

October 25th, 2014

The whole power structure (and we have already discussed its physical articulation) could not exist at all if there were not a certain metaphysical order binding all its components together, interconnecting them and subordinating them to a uniform method of accountability, supplying the combined operation of all these components with rules of the game, that […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 25th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Campaign Costs Hotel/motel tax split Court wants higher pay raises 1990 cold case Water main break in Belpre Top Headlines Poll: Are you even more concerned about contracting Ebola? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

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 […]

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