US Blacks Through That Looking Glass

US Blacks tend towards abstract representations as opposed to concrete representations. Individuals produced more through distance and media polish than those that exist in common everyday spaces. As we have moved from local physical proximity to distant mediated space, so have many of those considered “leader”. Possibly, there is a danger not only in this Read the full article…

George Jackson On Authority, Social Order, And Public Intellectuals

Enough time has passed now since the emergence of fascism, the extreme crisis that precipitated it, and the hostilities that caused its early development to view it with less of the coloring that sensationalism and war propaganda necessarily create. We should now be able, after time has somewhat dulled the traumatic exchanges of debate and Read the full article…

Trust, Authority & Applied Knowledge

I am almost always harping on Black Media Trust. One major reason for this is fairly obvious. How we trust and what we know impacts when and where we will act.   Let me share an anecdote to help me highlight this point.   My wife and I do not have modern forms of heating Read the full article…

Political Philosophy As Popular Pronouncements

Politics should not be a study of style at a collective level. Fashionable tech devices and fashionable clothing choices are alright. Fashionable ideologies and political choices based on what one deems fashionably acceptable render a collective group pliable.   It is dangerous to believe that Trump’s lack of popularity is a direct reflection of his Read the full article…

Currying Of Favor By Black Leadership(2017)

A politics more defined by currying favor from those in proximity to present power can never be “revolutionary” even in metaphor. Calling a person in 2017 a capitalist who does not have a direct relationship with US markets and international labor is metaphoric. Calling someone in USA of 2017 is almost tongue in cheek humor Read the full article…

Are You Afraid Of Your “Self”???

Or, better put, “Are You Afraid To Be Known?”.   I find myself asking this, or these, spiritual or existential questions more as I get older. “Older” here should not imply “wiser” or even “more aged”, just experiencing more ages. Times that we live in are settings, and USA 2017 is a setting that forces Read the full article…

Obama As Impotent Rage

Ultimately, my belief is that there is not much in our world wholly “good” or wholly “bad”. For that most part, it would seem, there are just things against me, and those for me.   I did not see Barry Obeezy as a revolutionary figure or a model for US Blacks to aspire. Daddy President Read the full article…

Power And Unfaithfulness

Not sure about this particular framing, “toxic masculinity”, but people will look at you as less of a man for not cheating on your significant other. This practice, however, is not limited to men. There is a strain of thought that considers powerful people to be unfaithful. In our media, we applaud fictional storylines of Read the full article…

Saul Alinsky On Not Being Afraid To Speak Directly

Saul Alinsky Just Say, “Power”   First, by using combination of words such as “harnessing the energy” instead of the single word “power”, we being to dilute the meaning; and as we use purifying synonyms, we dissolve the bitterness, the anguish, the hate and love, the agony and the triumph attached to these words, leaving Read the full article…