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A Fjord-horse to do the farm work

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Pas au-dela does some nice dialectical blogging here and here.

Seems to me that this isn’t just a problem of Naztologia, intentional or unavoidable, but kind of running referendum on modernity as a whole that we each must participate in on a daily basis. The Mercedes brings the tensions to the fore, for sure, and I drive a Volkswagen Jetta Wagon. (Must say that I’m much impressed with the "german engineering" of my people’s car). Almost each and every product line bears traces of the same scent of death. More broadly, almost every innovation, the fruit of almost every episode of progress, is the same. I’ll spare the list, and spare the document of barbarism stuff…

I’ve been spending more time than usual in hospitals of late, taking delivery room tours, doing ultrasounds and the like. And the medical supplies – whose boxes are small masterpieces of a sort of blank design modernity, all "small print" and neologistic brandnames – bear the logos of an all-star squad of twentieth century complicit improvers.

My father took a job for two week with the corporation that made Zyklon B, before heading back to his former employer, a food company then owned by RJ Reynolds tobacco, now owned by Altria (or is Altria owned by them?) I asked him about it recently – it never came up during the interviews.

I myself alternate between Winstons and Marlboros, depending on what’s 3 for the price of 2 at the Korean market around the corner.

That said, I’ve always been unsettled – in the wrong way – by the approach to politics embraced by Adbusters and the like. Seems to me to be an infinitely foreseeable adaptation of left politics to the self-help, self-fulfillment culture that marks the current tidal mark of the American experiment. Marie Antoinette-ism… What the magazine prescribes for its readership is something other than politics, I think. At base, it’s a strange sort of "lifestyle" magazine. It is full of stuff like this, from the current issue…

Here in rural Telemark, Norway, my husband and I have an ancient, 100-acre farm without a road, without electricity, without running water, without a computer or mobile telephone or washing machine or CD player or remote-control carrot-dicer… without corporate products, including Barbie dolls or Nike sneakers. We have a fjord-horse to do most of the heavy farm work (and so on…)

And a subscription to Adbusters, it would seem…

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April 5, 2005 at 1:37 am

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