Hypermodern International Congress 2175

Remember, it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

20060526

The Origins of Civilization I: Freud's "Totem and Taboo"


Note: To any female and/or black readers, the following excerpt, as is characterisitic of Freud, contains currents of misogyny and racism, which may provoke feelings of distaste and loathing. Nevertheless, it is hilarious.

From Part IV of Freud's "Totem and Taboo," in which he speculates on the origins of cultural institutions such as law and religion:

"There is, of course, no place for the beginnings of totemism in Darwin's primal horde. All that we find there is a violent and jealous father who keeps all the females for himself and drives away his sons as they grow up. This earliest state of society has never been an object of observation. The most primitive kind of organization that we actually come across--and one that is in force to this day in certain tribes--consists of bands of males; these bands are composed of members with equal rights and are subject to the restrictions of the totemic system, including inheritance through the mother. Can this form of organization have developed out of the other one? and if so along what lines?

If we call the celebration of the totem meal to our help, we shall be able to find an answer. One day the brothers who had been driven out came together, killed and devoured their father and so made an end of the patriarchal horde. United, they had the courage to do and succeeded in doing what would have been impossible for them individually. (Some cultural advance, perhaps, command over some new weapon, had given them a sense of superior strength.) Cannibal savages as they were, it goes without saying that they devoured their victim as well as killing him. The violent primal father had doubtless been the feared and envied model of each one of the company of brothers: and in the act of devouring him they accomplished their identification with him, and each one of them acquired a portion of his strength. The totem meal, which is perhaps mankind's earliest festival, would thus be a repetition and a commemoration of this memorable and criminal deed, which was the beginning of so many things--of social organization, of moral restrictions and of religion." (141-2)

He goes on to clarify by saying that, prior to the killing, the murderous band of brothers felt strong ambivalent feelings toward their father--hatred of him as an obstacle to sexual fulfillment along with admiration and affection for him as an exemplar of male power. Thus, after satisfying their hatred by offing the father, the brothers experienced a resurgence of their love for him in the form of guilt. This guilt was so powerful that it compelled the brothers to honor their dead father by establishing laws that prohibited what the father prohibited--sleeping with their mother and sisters. They also established a primitive religion, with the dead father, in the form of a "totem animal", as the god, and in order to "revoke" their deed they forbade the killing of the totem animal.

That's the short version, at least.

Next: Ishmael Reed and playa-hating as the origin of the West

20060524

Nano-Modern Commiecs #655322: As promised.

Briefly, and not entirely from my own hand:


From lifeisdull.com, the website of one of the strangest men I've ever met, one Mr. Rama Lama. I recommend you meet this fat old strange bastard, but short of that, listen to "I was on welfare for the CIA" to get an idea of this fucker's oeuvre. Apparently he's a "Gonzo-style" art critic who would love to wrap his ample flesh in the dust and bones of Warhol and Duchamp and who sends me and several dozen other hapless artist-types about four emails a day.

More comikkks soon.

20060523

OMFG H4XXX??!!%%$# Vol. 2 (USA vs. Da W0rld)

From the original (un-hacked) site, www.craford.com:
"The acorn is the embodiment of our mission: to cultivate strong relationships and grow enduring value through strategic benefits planning that stands the test of time. The team at Craford adopted this symbol as it best represents our past and future relationships with our clients and is a universal symbol of strength and long term growth."

From da h4x:
"
Stop taking airphoto pictures of FREE China, get your fucking hands of [sic] Russian Politics (Pavel Borodin)"

Fuck you to:
"Project China,FASTDJMP3, fux0r Inc, WFD, Silver Lords, Dr-Hacker, pr0phet, PoizonB0x, Quit Crew, Philer, Hi-Tech Hate, Hackweiser and other fucking ppls, who hates Chine && Israel && Russia && Ukraine."

Hypermodern C0m1x: Dedicated to Brandon Bare



10 YEARZ LATER:
"THE HOUSEWARMING PARTY"






20060521

Guantanamo Bay Poetry



From the New York Times:

Prisons make poets of many, no less so the detainees of Guant√°namo Bay, Cuba. A few of their poems have been declassifed by the Pentagon and are published in this week's issue of Bookforum. Marc D. Falkoff, a lawyer who has worked with the prisoners, arranged for the translations from Arabic and Pashto. The first one reprinted here is by an ethnic Uighar, a Chinese Muslim. The second is an excerpt from a longer work by a Yemeni detainee.

"Even if the Pain"

By Saddiq Turkestani

Even if the pain of the wound increases

There must be a remedy to treat it.
Even if the days in prison endure
There must be a day when we will get out.


From "The Truth"


By Imad Abdullah Hassan

O History, reflect. I will now
Disclose the secret of secrets.
My song will expose the damned oppression,
And bring the system to collapse.
The tyrants, full-equipped and numbered,
Stand unmoved in the face of the Light.
They proceed in the Dark, led by
The Devil, in pride and arrogance.
They have turned their land of peace
Into a home for hypocrites.
They have exchanged piety
For cheap commodity.


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