Monthly Archives: July 2013

Badiou Cultural Revolution (Apologetic)

I just finished reading Badiou’s book on Deleuze and realized that for some reason I had on my desktop Badiou’s apologetic for the Culture Revolution. It’s not that Badiou failed to see the violent brutality of the Cultural Revolution; and … Continue reading

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New Looks Liberal Christianity

As an (un)reconstructed liberal, I’m so happy to see the turn of the pendulum, as historians begin to consider that old formation, Liberal Christianity, and to see it written about in the New York Times, where it might do some … Continue reading

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Al-Aksa Ramadan (Jerusalem)

I made it up to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount for Ramadan the other day with about a half an hour to spare before non-Muslims had to decamp. With it’s huge surface open to the sky, the Temple Mount-Noble Sanctuary was … Continue reading

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Deleuze Badiou Transcendence

Alain Badiou’s interpretation of Deleuze is pretty well known. The Delueze we are given to see is not to the anarcho-democratic philosopher of material multitudes in open flux. The Deleuze we are now supposed to see is an aristocratic, ascetic … Continue reading

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Old City Walk (Jerusalem)

All the elements that compose an Old City walk in Jerusalem are tightly packed in together. So much of the mix remains explosive. I’m unable to think this place without just a little Deleuze. A hyper-stratified place. I find it … Continue reading

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Anti-Monument (4 Sephardi Synagogues Complex)

Like the Ramban Synagogue, the 4 Sephardic synagogues adjoining together in a little complex are huddled underground below street level in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem. The peculiar subterranean location speaks to questions regarding hierarchy, religious … Continue reading

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Public Private Hurva Synagogue

The Hurva synagogue was destroyed once in 1720, allegedly by a mob of angry creditors, and again by the Jordanians in 1948/9 during or right after the Israel War of Independence. It’s sort of hard to explain why the city … Continue reading

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Israel Bio-Power Bio-Politics (Deleuze-Foucault)

When did Israeli politics turn into bio-politics? A bio-poltics or bio-power of “populations, controlling and administering life, it is indeed life that emerges as the new object of power.” The new Israeli politics is organized around, if not race, than … Continue reading

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Old City Jerusalem Skyline Christian Islamic

The elegant skyline of the Old City in Jerusalem is Christo-Islamic. The Jews caught the bad end of the historical stick and got left out. It’s a rough and tumble world, without a lot of mercy. I like these rooftop … Continue reading

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EU BDS (?) (!)

I’m out of the U.S.  but this story doesn’t not seem to have made it to the front page of the NYT or to my FB feed. But here in Israel, it’s a big story. Is it a tipping point? Is … Continue reading

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