Some things I’ve been reading after a long weekend away from the computer:
Going Somewhere? has a post about nonprofits, underground networks vs. formalized communities, and Miranda Joseph’s book Against the Romance of Community, which sounds excellent. The proprietor worries, rightly methinks, that groups attempting to seek recognition as “communities” necessarily turn into entities that themselves confer recognition and legitimacy: “we’ll become immersed in policing the boundaries of whom we represent, and where we fit.”
On how nonprofits act as supplement/complement to profit-making capital, this quote from Joseph’s book: “nonprofits might be seen as a site of reproduction that supports for-profit production in much the way women’s domestic labor has done.”
Le Colonel Chabert nicely grills Adorno’s chin-rubbing patience, and then the comments section devolves into smart people talking, um, not very smartly. As much as I love a good lambasting of Adorno, the teleology one commenter spots in the good Colonel’s analysis that “Auschwitz is the goal of the current order” and of the “Auschwitzation of the globe” replicates the strictures in Adorno’s Holocaust-addled mind that led to his retreat into petit bourgeoisie withdrawal and contemplation.
In a similar vein, Nate muses on what in the hell a noble lie is.
Oh, and I’ve been rereading George Caffentzis’s pre-Iraq war articles, collected here as a book called No Blood for Oil.