Monday, January 16, 2006

Hoffnung

Marcuse concludes ONE-DIMENSIONAL MAN with the following paragraph:

"At the beginning of the fascist era, Walter Benjamin wrote: Nur um der Hoffnungslosen willen ist uns die Hoffnung gegeben. (It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us.)"

George Bush never tires of warning the American people that we have "enemies who lurk." Yet, it turns out he and his cohorts are no strangers to Lurking on a major scale. Secret prisons; illegal wire-tappings; clandestine dealings with shadowy characters. Little wonder that much of the world--and more and more people in this country--view Mr. Bush with growing unease and distrust.

There's little hope that we can extricate ourselves from the massive problems brought about by the Bush "administration"--no hope at all! Therefore, it is time for hope.

3 Comments:

Blogger j hanson said...

gabriel marcel also explored the disposition of hope it is in the world and we learn it and perhaps it is only truly tasted when what is obvious is hopeless hope rides smiling with the agony of change

10:28 PM  
Blogger j hanson said...

if i must resort to standard punctuation if i must forsake the stream of consciousness which knows no dots or semi declamations or slashes i will i will conform for coherency

10:31 PM  
Blogger jdhanson said...

reading howard zinn. we must be thankful that there has been intellectual vigilance in this country. zinn is adamant in noting that sleazy politics is part and parcel to our american dream. i guess that is why every now and then we have to change the sheets. still, one wishes that some high standards of princile would take the high ground. are there no more eugene mccarthy's?

2:07 PM  

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