Saturday, December 18, 2004


Evolution is made of amateurs, as 99.9% of us humans are amateurs about the organization of knowledge.

Yes, it’s amateur to note that there’s no inherent order to knowledge (a social construction), and any inherency to social construction is constructed, while constructibility is inestimably various and any coherency of variability is various, and any discourse of variability is, at best, part of the “colony” [the academic buzz] of discursive formations in the evolution of discursivity).

Monday, December 6, 2004

the evolving Project:
being in perpetual “beta” version

The Project is about evolving as such—our evolutionarity; so, hopefully, being more than just a development of self-understanding. I want it be an ongoing study in how ‘evolving’ may apply to narrativity itself (especially as discursive inquiry).

Sunday, November 21, 2004

democracy in america

Having outgrown the 2004 election, a general picture emerges.

It all derives from the public ambivalence between monarchy (top-down governance) and parliament (bottom-up)—in the U.S. a matter of Executive telos vs. Legislative telos.

The majority of the U.S. public has voted for monarchy, though the Executive reign (the Republicans) would prefer to dissolve itself through decreased federalism, causing increased confederacy among states (which is also the net result of federal tax cuts: shifting burdens of public welfare to the states)—which, by the way, is fostered by increasing the national debt.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

“democratic transhumanism”

James Hughes, who teaches health policy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, has just published a fascinating, realistic, and progressive book on a politics for burgeoning enhancement culture: Citizen Cyborg (Westview Press, 2004), which seems to be the proper answer to Habermas' concerns in The Future of Human Nature (ch. 2 on liberal eugenics).

Sunday, November 7, 2004

how to outgrow the 2004 U.S. election

The obituary of the Democratic Party in 2004 is written—it’s been a long week—but already filed away. Lots of commentary on what progressives need to do has already happened, and this will grow.

Friday, November 5, 2004

Democrat in a place on Earth

The Earth is becoming a lattice of metropolia with often more in common with other metropoles than with the general region of towns (let alone rurality) “nearby” the metropole.

This condition is largely one of large regions being centrally oriented by the metropole, as the Earth “reverts” progressively to global city-states: state of London, Parisia, Berlinstaat, Tokyowhatever, Beijing, etc. Cosmopoly, such as it may be, belongs to the lattice of city states.

Metropoles in America now face a big problem of understanding what just happened to them, and there’s no shortage of commentary on it. If you’re outside America, you might wonder: What’s really going on? Though there’s no singular answer, Thomas Frank has as good a short explanation as you’re likely to find. He has the “real” explanation.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

genealogical note on my project's beginning

Recently, I fell “victim” to an overwhelming need to go through all seven years of my postings on Habermas (to both the Spoon Collective—now dead—and to the Yahoo! group) in order to synthesize my views, not so much for a sense of integrated perspective on Habermas, but for an integrated sense of “Gary” as that dialogue role or discursant relativized to Habermasian issues—my own perspective relative to that extended dialogue with others on Habermas. In other words: to clarify that discursive dialogue role apart from and with Habermas (defending him) as a singular identity—the apart-and-with as integrated conceptual design—relative to those themes, views, responses to others, and influence by others.

Monday, October 18, 2004

having fun (wish you were there)

Life is a work-in-progress. Then you die.

All of what I’m up to is based in conceptual and evidentiary research that has preceded this evolving venture for a long time. Yet, the topic which turns up next (for any given week or month) depends on near-term influences on some part of the work-in-progress mixed with my mood.

Thank you for your abiding (I hope) interest.