THE PORTENTThe image at the top is a painting by, of all people, Victor Hugo -- in commemoration of John Brown. I wonder who'll do the Khalid Shaikh Mohammed version after he's convicted. And, needless to say, I wonder if this is a fair comparison. No really, I do wonder.
Hanging from the beam,
Slowly swaying (such the law),
Gaunt the shadow on your green,
The cut is on the crown
(Lo, John Brown),
And the stabs shall heal no more.
Hidden in the cap
Is the anguish none can draw;
So your future veils its face,
But the streaming beard is shown
(Weird John Brown),
The meteor of the war.
All of this reminds me of the one bit of canonized "Theory" that I ever liked, from Jean Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulations:
Against this hegemony of the system, one can exalt the ruses of desire, practice revolutionary micrology of the quotidian, exalt the molecular drift or even defend cooking. This does not resolve the imperious necessity of checking the system in broad daylight.
This, only terrorism can do.