1. Now it is Hallowe’en and I have a pumpkin and a black Cat. I admire the Cat who admires Birds; we both dislike Rats. We are lighting candles, pouring out rum for the saints, and reading Voltaire.
2. In news, Shakespeare’s Sister has an excellently reasoned critique of Clinton and Obama that everyone should read. I know about it thanks to the Redstar Perspective. And WoC PhD points out that Dodd does not think immigrants should have driver’s licenses.
4. I wore red today but I wear red every Wednesday. And Prison Radio sent me a postcard about Mumia Abu-Jamal and it had a Macintosh apple on it along with Apple’s favorite phrase “Think Different.” Is he now sponsored by Apple Computer? If so, is this not postmodern?
5. Having at last understood it, I am still amazed by Reeducation. To have an ordered personal life was controlling. So was taking charge of your career. To be able to put things in perspective was unfeeling. Confidence was arrogance. One’s own perceptions were necessarily wrong and one’s own decisions, ill-advised.
6. All of these precepts are enormous errors; they are also oddly reminiscent of the slogans of Big Brother. I dislike all slogans except those to which I am spontaneously attracted, such as Freedom Now and Écrasez l’Infâme.
7. Écrasez l’infâme is currently my favorite phrase. From WikiQuote, that “unreliable source” which I nevertheless like:
- Quoi que vous fassiez, écrasez l’infâme, et aimez qui vous aime.
- 1762 letter to Jean d’Alembert; written in reference to crushing superstition; the words “écrasez l’infâme” became a motto strongly identified with Voltaire.