WTM #1022: Hidden Obviousness

Wreck This Mess / Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies
Radio Patapoe 88.3 ~ Amsterdam ~ 
23 juni 2008 // 17.00-19.00
An Innocent, Abroad 4 > If, Bwana [1]
Sting Ray and the beginning of Time III > Exploding Star Orchestra [2]
HOSTESS TWINKIES > Raymond Scott [3]
Big Smoke Dub > JK Smoke [4]
Lucky Bug Wins Prizes > Hassle Hound [5]
Bare Element > Mothboy [4]
Donkey Rattle > Felix Laband [6]
Limbo: The Organized Mind > Raymond Scott [3]
Tahitian Sideshow  > Hassle Hound [5]
Contre-Plinthe > Mathias Delplanque [7]
A Visit Not Measured with a Return in Kind > Josef van Wissem [8]
All Kinds of Everything > Slim Whitman [9]
917 > Marcelo Radulovich [10]
Nameste > Adrian Meyers [11]
Summer Wine > Nancy Sinatra [12]
917 > Marcelo Radulovich [10]
Objective Guru > Adrian Meyers [11]
Summer Wine > Nancy Sinatra [12]
Gutted > Burial [13]
Armandguideion > Dub Gabriel [4]
Jihad on the Dance Floor > Markus Wormstorm [6]
Obscure Antagonistic > DJ Distance [14]
Night Lights > Broadway [15]
Familiar Ground >The Cinematic Orchestra + Fontella Bass [16]
Achterbahn > Pole + Dimbiman [17]
Gaga Guru > Adrian Meyers [11]
Issue > If, Bwana + Lisa Barnard [1]
[1] An Innocent, Abroad 4 on Pogus
[2] We Are All From Somewhere Else, Thrill Jockey, 2007. Noisy tectonic no-jazz with nods to Sun Ra.
[3] Manhattan Research, Inc., Basta, 2000. Goofball genius in the realm of a knob-tweekin’ spike Jones.
[4] Necessary Intergalactic Cooperation on Hammerbass. Great Franco-Electro-Dub.
[5] La Grand Illusion on Staubgold.
[6] Capetown Beats on Jarring Effects.
[7] Le Pavillon Témoin. Moody, heady conceptual meanderings.
[8] Stations of the Cross on Incunabulum.
[9] Ghost Riders in the Sky on United Artists vinyl.
[10] Index on Titicacaman.
[11] Nameste / Adrian Meyers on Hall of Records
[12] Best of Nancy-Girl on S*R International vinyl.
[13] Burial, Hyperdub, 2006.
[14] Obscure Dubstep courtesy of Grrrt-Jn
[15] Enter the automaton on Jarring Effects
[16] Ma Fleur, Domino, 2007. UK electro-eccentric jazz.
[17] The Steingarten Remixes on ~scape.
•——-> London is the most expensive city in the world coming in at 3,380 euros per square meter. Second is Monaco, followed by NYC, Hong Kong, Tokyo,, Cannes, St. Tropez, Sydney, Paris and Rome. Murder, Homcide, Manslaughter rates for Western countries in a late 20th century study by CBS [Central Bureau of Statistic, NL] showed that the rates in the US were 10 times higher in the US than in NL for men, 4 times higher for women. US rates compared to other nations:
Men women
NL 10x 4x
Belgium   7x  3.5x
France 10x 4.3x
UK 10x 8x
Canada 11x 3.7x
Japan 7.3x 8x
———> what does the basic collapse mean of the Western capitalist lifestyle [imitated by many others around the world and lived to the max in the US]. Will there be some humility or just more anger among Americans. Will they be able to convert this into another heightened victimhood, to convert the perps, the willing consumer slaves, into the unwitting dupes and victims. It seems no one is guilty of anything anywhere except some super rich fatcats. Let’s scapegoat them, maybe hang them [the US doesn’t have the death penalty for nothing I hope]. No, but the point being, will americans change so that the world can change, will they become more humble and conscientious and aware of how their profligate ways have pretty much driven a worn-out system into the ground, scceeding where anarcho / marxist / leftist / anti-consumers have all failed. The capitalist system failed becase people used it earnestly to do exactly what they were supposed to do with it – libertarians, democrats, laissez fairests, no/low laxers, no government intrusion / intervention. Hell, now everyone seems to be calling greed-capitalists terorists and all the progressives who have been saying this for years are barely even noticed as all the mainstream pundits go hogwild ignoring all the signs, all the critiques [from the extreme left] all these years, making fun, deriding, denouncing triumphing, huffing and spending and borrowing until all of these gestures just fell away and exposed the total barrenness of it all. The glories were all these strange phatoms, these dampened redirected unrequited desires relentlessly rechanneled into vapid gestures of consumption but you don’t hear too many pundits from the capitalist parties saying that it is time to totally rethink the human relationship to capital.
•——-> June 14, 2008 —The NATION had a special issue on economic inequality.  Here are some fascinating bits: There are symbols, and there is substance–the way things look, and the way things are. But in between there is the way things might be: a sense of possibility that image might precede content or even provide space for it to emerge. A leap of faith. Some wishful thinking. Such is the tension in the American left’s response to Obama’s candidacy. There are some–let’s call them dreamers–who believe his nomination marks a paradigm shift in progressive politics in this country. And there are others–let’s call them materialists–who dismiss the excitement surrounding his nomination as little more than an emotional distraction from what really matters: war, foreclosures, civil liberties, the Middle East, global warming.

On these issues, point out the materialists, Obama is little more than a mainstream Democrat offering sops that are better than the Republicans’ but inadequate to the needs of working-class Americans and the world at large. If you look at what he does rather than how he looks, they continue, then there is no reason to get more excited about Obama than Kerry.

And here, Naomi Klein points out the connections of Obama’s economic advisors to Uncle Milty (Milton Friedman):

Barack Obama waited just three days after Hillary Clinton pulled out of the race to demonstrate that this is no mere spring fling, he has appointed 37-year-old Jason Furman to head his economic policy team. Furman is one of Wal-Mart’s most prominent defenders, anointing the company a “progressive success story.” On the campaign trail, Obama blasted Clinton for sitting on the Wal-Mart board and pledged, “I won’t shop there.” For Furman, however, it’s Wal-Mart’s critics who are the real threat: the “efforts to get Wal-Mart to raise its wages and benefits” are creating “collateral damage” that is “way too enormous and damaging to working people and the economy more broadly for me to sit by idly and sing ‘Kum-Ba-Ya’ in the interests of progressive harmony.”

Obama’s love of markets and his desire for “change” are not inherently incompatible. “The market has gotten out of balance,” he says, and it most certainly has. Many trace this profound imbalance back to the ideas of Milton Friedman, who launched a counterrevolution against the New Deal from his perch at the University of Chicago economics department. And here there are more problems, because Obama–who taught law at the University of Chicago for a decade–is thoroughly embedded in the mind-set known as the Chicago School.

And here’s D. Muhammad on race + economic inequality: The current presidential campaign has sparked a lot of conversation about race, but it has primarily been at the symbolic and interpersonal level. It has failed to probe the underlying substance of racial economic disparities and the slow rate of progress toward equity in wealth and wages. Too many Americans naïvely see the strong presidential candidacy of Illinois Senator Barack Obama as evidence of the resolution of the racial divide.

Since 1968, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the income gap between blacks and whites has narrowed by just three cents on the dollar. In 2005 the median per capita income in the United States stood at $16,629 for blacks and $28,946 for whites. At this slow rate of progress, we will not achieve income equality for 537 years. And if politicians continue to dismantle government checks on income and wealth concentration, even these modest gains may be reversed.

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