"[Erksine] Caldwell tends to begin with some oddity of situation, which as likely as not suggested itself without a resolution, so that the story merely fades away rather than closes . . . He seems as contented as a savage to say the same thing again and again . . . Sometimes when reading Caldwell I feel as though I were playing with my toes."
Submitted by johnjayjacobs on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:39
'spiritual' values get their authority because they reinforce the ways of thinking and feeling by which man equips himself to accomplish the tasks indigenous to his environment.
I had to laugh at this pragmatic approach to spiritual authority... having it described (most cunningly) as "Darwinian". Faith as an evolutionary product? Only Burke could so beautifully intertwine such apparent opposites.
“I do not contend that the mode of analysis here proposed is automatically free of subjective interpretation. I do contend that an discussable dictionary is avoided (as were one to have a set of absolute meanings for every kind of symbol and to simply “translate” a book from its exoteric idiom into the corresponding esoteric one) (Burke, Philosophy of Literary Form, 89). “
Submitted by kristengay on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:29
From The Philosophy of Literary Form:
“And in all work, as in proverbs, the naming is done ‘strategically’ or ‘stylistically,’ in modes that embody attitudes, of resignation, solace, vengeance, expectancy, etc.”
Submitted by Shogun Marcus on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:34
"Nowhere does this book, which is so full of war plans, make the slightest attempt to explain the steps whereby the triumph of 'Jewish Bolshevism" , which destroys all finance, wll be the triumph of 'Jewish' finance" (POLF 196).
I believe that ‘humanitarianism’ can also be singled out as an integral aspect of the debunking strategy. For, unless the thinker is totally antisocial, humanitarian elements must be engrafted upon modes of thinking that attribute human actions to motives low in the scale of value. The typical debunker might write a book to prove, for instance, that ‘all people are crooks.’ The logical conclusion from such a book would be, ‘so let’s try to cheat them before they cheat us.’ But a purely humanitarian afterthought is usually added to the thesis.