The Albertsburg Judgement: Chapter I

Part I THE WHITE PATHS OF TOWERKOP Chapter I In the courtroom, his dark eyes were watching me. Beneath him lay his black umbrella, which he slid to the side with his foot as his lawyer came to sit down next to him. But not for one moment did he take his eyes off me. And as mine briefly caught his, his lips stretched horizontally … Continue reading The Albertsburg Judgement: Chapter I

Where I Stand 04/09/2016

As Karl Popper suggested in his The Open Society and Its Enemies Platonic, Marxist and Hegelian versions of the dialectic are all attempts to return to the closed society (what he at times refers to as the ‘tribal society’).  Interestingly he suggests in the first book on Plato (the arch-tribalist) that one of the methods of retaining the essential and tribal core of a society … Continue reading Where I Stand 04/09/2016

The South Africa of the Mind

I was, while walking through Glasgow, listening to the audiobook of Tony Judt’s Reappraisals – a collection of essays largely written for the New York Review of Books.  It is a book that changed my mind on many things not least on Israel and Palestine but also thankfully on Judt’s friend Edward Said.  This is not to say that I have changed my mind on Said’s, I believe, … Continue reading The South Africa of the Mind

Where I Stand 03/06/2016

I have, over the last few weeks, been reading about violence in general and revolutionary violence in particular.  This is largely due to a certain focus within my PhD on Albert Camus and his book The Rebel, but also because of the reoccurrence of the strange version of political violence in South Africa that is taking place there yet again.  Perhaps the most enigmatic of this literature is … Continue reading Where I Stand 03/06/2016

Where I Stand 25/05/2016

I have just read the judgment against the UCT students who were involved in burning some of the University’s art collection.  Of course this act brought to mind the often quoted warning from the poet Heinrich Hiene that: ‘Where they burn books, they will also burn people.’ If this is true, then it is true because the people burning the books refuse to engage with deconstructing, … Continue reading Where I Stand 25/05/2016

Where I Stand 24/05/2016

With all of the Frantz Fanon worship going around I thought that I would finally read The Wretched of the Earth cover-to-cover – rather than just dealing with the chapters one is dished out at universities.  Having just got through that incendiary horse manure that Sartre placed at the front of it, the experience is going well, although I do not agree with his Hegelian inspired dialectical … Continue reading Where I Stand 24/05/2016