March 23rd, 2003


still thinking. good grief.

it's interesting. reading the words of a conservative ideologue in the New Yorker (which is generously donated to our bathroom by housemate c) this morning i see that they are not keen on instituting democracy in Iraq immediately but in building "democratic institutions" which include of course a free market and some sort of ideal of individual freedom.

which gets me to thinking about the articles i linked to the other night regarding the propensity of some new democracies for choosing tyrannical leaders who then engage in unpleasant things such as genocide. it is almost as though someone on the hawks' side has considered the difficulty of establishing democracy ex nihilo, but i still don't see much evidence of anyone considering whether the assumptions underlying the american version of democracy might not also be difficult to export or even due for some critical scrutiny before we come to the conclusion that our way is the best way and whatever it takes to get the rest of the world to do things our way is unassailable from an ethical point of view so long as the ends are something like freedom for all.*

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*this is of course to take the conservative rhetoric seriously at what might be its least credible point: that we are in this thing to liberate a people. that we are really in it for money and power seems to me obvious but as you might guess my compulsion is to worry about what is proffered as the least objectionable rationale for war. because that which is obvious does not keep me up at night.
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stuff. things.

i may be the only person i know who never watches the oscars. it's not that i don't like movies. i do, but they always require a time commitment i'm rarely prepared to make and so i have to really really want to see one in order for me to give up an afternoon or evening to see it. as a consequence i don't see many movies and thus am far from schooled in the relative merits of each of the nominees.

of the movies i did see this year, i liked Far From Heaven and The Lord of the Rings. beyond that i have no criticism to offer. as usual most of the films i saw this year weren't from this year and so it doesn't count that i saw and liked Donnie Darko, All That Heaven Allows, and Unforgiven. and no one cares that my favorite movie of all time that i watched a couple of times this year is The 400 Blows.

i think i even watched Athens Inside/Out again this year. i looked for a copy of Urgh! A Music War but could not find it. i played Hype! for myself a few weeks ago and was astounded at how badly some of those Seattle bands sucked. somehow i hadn't noticed the first time around.

anyway today i bought cubase and toast at an academic discount. they will be delivered to me at some point in the near future. deck worked just fine for me but cubase gets better reviews and was $100 cheaper. now i will have to write songs to justify the expense. i haven't learned dreamweaver and fireworks yet and i am not up to speed on html 4. i was going to do these things this month in between writing my prospectus which i have also not done yet but this week i'm going to give it my best shot. all three. and i will stay up all night learning the unix base of OS X.

i remember the days where i could only whip up enough desire to stare out of the window for hours wondering how i would fill the time until bed. i could be the prozac poster boy.
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