Friday, May 4, 2012

Despotism



To theorize is to act as a despot, to lord over a group with the highest and most powerful object of human design: the conceptual assemblage.  The despotism in the act has been overshadowed by a popular disparagement, especially in the United States and its many global cultural forms, of those who take liberties to “wax philosophical,” and, in the vocabulary of this disparagement, there is never a good time to theorize.  The hero, rather, is the white Clint Eastwood-esque figure, hand on his gun, who uses words sparingly because he lets his weapon do the talking.  This hero is always pitted against the despot, killing the petty criminals and the sadistic bosses without mercy because he is acting on behalf of a definite, if dangerous and bloody, righteousness.