“Eat food. Lose yourself” Korea times

Korea times

“Eat food. Lose yourself”

September 16, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich

 

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“Can culture be used for consensus in NE Asia?” Global Times

 

Global Times

“Can culture be used for consensus in NE Asia?”

September 14, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich

 

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「韓国テレビに氾濫する「暴食放送」は 食の価値を傷つけた奇怪な文化」中央日報

“中国能否借助其传统文化在东北亚地区建立深层共识?” 观察者网

“The economic system previously known as capitalism”

The problem with the term “capitalism” is that it tends to marginalize the discourse on the human nature and selfishness which goes back thousands of years and offers profound insights, and solutions. The issue of greed and gluttony goes far back in Greek, Roman and Hindu texts, as in the core classics of  Buddhism and Daoism which offer us much we will not find in Marx or in Piketty.

But it seems that once we start talking “capitalism” and economics, all that wisdom from philosophy and literature goes out the window. We are lost in a narrow definition of production and consumption.

 

In addition,  technological evolution, the emergence of computers and the transformation of money and the perception of reality by the advancement of means of reproduction (AKA Benjamin) have promoted accelerated cycles of exchange which are increasingly virtual and increasingly imaginary and ideological. We find ourselves in a system profoundly different from capitalism and industrial production finance in the 19th century, when Marx wrote, or the 20th century, or even in 2000. So perhaps we would do better to suggest that just as we are now in the Anthropocene age (and not the Cenozoic age) so also we are in something quite different than “capitalism ” as described in 1850,  or even in 1980.

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The dawn of the age of “psychopathocracy”

I am not a political scientist, but I felt compelled to coin a new term to describe the new form of governance we see emerging around the world.

I refer to this model as “psychopathocracy” a term which describes the rule by psychopaths, those who are mentally unstable in a sense that strips them of their humanity and makes them incapable of determining what is in their own interests, or in the interests of others.

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This state often features paranoid obsessions.

When Donald Trump’s National Paranoia Advisor John Bolton spoke with Martha Raddatz  of ABC News and stated that he was convinced that not only Russia, but Iran, China and North Korea would meddle in the Midterm Election, he was giving voice to precisely such paranoid views (granted their political value to him).

Bolton stated,

“I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security concern about [in addition to Russia] Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling [in the coming election] that we’re taking steps to try to prevent it, so it’s all four of those countries, really. I’m not going to get into the – what I’ve seen or haven’t seen, but I’m telling you, looking at the 2018 election, those are the four countries that we’re most concerned about.”

We have to wonder whether that election will ever take place.

 

I also want to mention Thomas Mann’s insight:

“The insipid is not synonymous with the harmless”

Mann suggests that many mistakenly assume that because the actions of certain people are foolish, dreary and banal they are therefore of little consequence. But as Mann learned in Germany of the 1930s, the banality of political discourse has nothing to do with its potency, or with its destructiveness.

 

“受消费文化助长的社会不公” 多维新闻

多维新闻

受消费文化助长的社会不公”

2018年 8月 20日

貝一明

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「ゲーム・整形手術・売春問題についても話そう=韓国」 中央日報

中央日報

「ゲーム・整形手術・売春問題についても話そう=韓国」

2018年 3月 30

エマニュエル パストリッチ

 

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「お金ばかり追う韓国社会は危険だ」 中央日報

中央日報

「お金ばかり追う韓国社会は危険だ

2018年 8月16日

エマニュエル パストリッチ

 

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