Saturday, December 11, 2004

Hegemony or Survival

Saw Ocean's 12 tonight, it was quite enjoyable. I laughed a lot - nice to get out of the Final mind-set even for a few hours. Afterwards, we skipped on over to Chapters - my home away from home - to peruse our little bibliophile hearts out.

I recently recommended Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky to a friend, not having read it myself but having heard a great deal about it and having discussed it in my Feminist Theory course. While waiting for Amy to crawl out of the darkest corner of the store where she seems to enjoy hiding from me everytime we go shopping, I picked it up and started reading. Within 2 pages I had already formed these conclusions:

Darwin's theory of evolution does not apply today, in a Western First World context. Today, being smart and going against the herd ensures the obliteration of our species. Cockroaches are undoubtedly less intelligent than humans, but they are much more effective at procreating. In North America, being smart and going against the dominant ideology and hegemony is a very difficult task in which a great deal of adversity is met. Smart people are procreating less and less. Stupid people procreate like cockroaches - pests that are a plague on our planet. We encounter the need to adhere to hegemony on a daily basis, it's really shocking to think of all the ways in which we unconsciously participate in this system. It's to the point where refusing to be hailed by the dominant ideology results in the inability to function as we would normally like to on a daily basis.

From 2 pages. After Christmas, I am definitely buying that book.

Listening to: Hands Down - Dashboard Confessional


At 7:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Stupid people procreate like cockroaches "

notice liberals doing all the fucking...


At 5:41 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, it's an excellent book.

Every page is practically dripping with information - I'm deliberately re-reading it as I get to the end of each chapter to make sure I'm not missing things.

It isn't complicated and filled with jargon, which is a good thing and the author doesn't talk down to his reader.

It's almost as if he's pulled the thoughts out of my head and reinforced them with facts and figures from throughout history, but I have a feeling I would enjoy this book even if I didn't agree with what was being said.

I'm also quite cynical while reading through it and I'm keeping an eye out for any blanket biased statements etc.

To the anonymous person above - I know that was a joke but it brings up an issue that bugs me about all things political. I wish people would stop living their lives through labels. People make SO many blanket statements that just don't even make sense, liberals are not one mass of flesh that thinks the same and acts the same. Whatever happened to identity?

At 12:25 AM , Blogger Richard said...

The stupid people are outbreeding us.

Ironically I was reading something related to this topic just a couple days ago.

Basically, human beings are admirably adapted for a few thousand years ago. Unfortunately the world has changed.

At 5:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moved on maybe?

At 8:33 PM , Blogger Rob said...

No offense, Anonymous, but birth rates are higher in Red states than in Blue ones, and the quality of education is generally higher in Blue states than in Red ones. That's not to say that stupidity and lack of education are equivalent; stupidity and ignorance aren't equivalent. But I think there's a little bit of a correlation.


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