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Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 14:20:39 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: throw yourself down: a journal for radical theory and action


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throw yourself down: a journal for radical theory and action: 
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http://homepages.uni-tuebingen.de/student/jeremiah.luna/throwyourselfdown/ 
  
HEY POLITICAL SPUTNICKERS! 
after a long and hard battle against the forces of nature 
and attempting to weed out our many typos and misspellings issue 2 is
here! 

***pinkie in the corner sitting before the television*** 

featuring: 

a polemic: 
***War 2000:a polemic against the rhetorics of peace keeping and
humanitarian intervention by Samuel Johnson*** 

A reading of the mainstream : 

"In using a newspaper clipping out of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung's" weekly 
magazine as a cultural artifact reflecting mainstream sentiments regarding
the 
escalation of war, we might begin to define some kind of oppositional
stance." 

http://homepages.uni-tuebingen.de/student/jeremiah.luna/throwyourselfdown/war.html 
  
  

a narrative: 
***George and his Shriveled up Penis by Eric Blair*** 

"They were all men like George, they all had one thing on 
their mind- how to avoid their penis from being cut off. 
There was not a moment's rest when they did not think about it." 

http://homepages.uni-tuebingen.de/student/jeremiah.luna/throwyourselfdown/george.html 
  

a letter 
***Dear West Africa by Salvador Luna*** 

http://homepages.uni-tuebingen.de/student/jeremiah.luna/throwyourselfdown/westafrica.html 
  
  

an interpretive essay: 
***Must We Not Become Gods:  'appearance' in Friederick Nietzsche's The
Gay Science by William Hazlitt*** 

"´appearance' is bound up in two post-modern positions. The first position
could be titled the 
to a universal objectivity, or an essential nature. The second position
could be termed, performative 
identity, it holds that we are surface, artifice, and constant improvisers
of identity as opposed to the 
traditional notion of an authentic self beyond what appears. " 

http://homepages.uni-tuebingen.de/student/jeremiah.luna/throwyourselfdown/appearance.html 
  

Introduction: 
 throw yourself down issue 2 pinkie in the corner sitting before the
television features four 
 separate discourses. Eric Blair's George narrative is for all of us who
hate work and society for 
 making them participate in its labor market. It is intended to be
humorous as well a serious 
 insult and blasphemy. The George narrative seeks to provoke disbelief in
the work place value 
 system and at the same time recontextualize the everyday phallus rituals
we often take for 
 granted. Hezlitt's interpretation of the Gay Science explores an issue
which Anna Ekstatic 
 alludes to in her article the Myths of Identity and the Metaphors of
Politics when she states: 

 "The critical ontology of ourselves has to be considered not, certainly,
as a theory, a doctrine, 
 nor even as a permanent body of knowledge that is accumulating; it has to
be conceived as an 
 attitude, an ethos, a philosophical life in which the critique of what we
are is at one and the 
 same time the historical analysis of the limits that are imposed on us
and an experiment with 
 the possibilities of going beyond them." 

 Hezlitt's interpretation of the Gay Science is apriori to politics, it is
a politics which goes away 
 form politics in order to open a space that might allow appearance to
appear. If appearance is to 
 manifest itself as a political agenda it has to be in some from the
critique of science and status 
 quo metaphysics. Just as Hazlitt agues for a radical approach to ontology
Samuel Johnson's 
 polemic War 2000 is already in the polis representative of rhetoric's
which desires to persuade 
 and convince its readers of a certain "politics," a politics abiding in
the realm of opinion. It 
 expresses sentiments very similar to those put forward in Luna's
Letter/Poem 'Dear West 
 Africa'. 'Dear West Africa' remains nearest to memory merely alluding the
appearance of a 
 world happening, and as such remains a conviction, true for the speaking
narrative voice. 
 Johnson's War 2000 is a further reification of the impulse in Luna's Dear
West Africa tell us 
 something of how narrative form effects content. And as such the
constellation of discourse in 
 this our second issue attends to both ontological theory and the
"practical" debate in the world 
 of human affairs. 

note: feel free to write to us authors and editors with your comments and 
suggestions. You also invited send and receive e-mail from other theorist
activist sputnickers 
at eGroups throwyourselfdown. 

with best regards 
James Cook 





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