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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama, Japan

posted by on October 29 at 10:16 AM

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Barak Obama seems to be especially popular in the the ancient fishing village of Obama, Japan. Japanese ‘Obama Girls’ shout “Yes we can!” during a rally to support Barack Obama.

Why for me Obama? Not for color or heritage. It has to do with Hegel’s mystical (and more interesting) statements. My favorite of such statements concerns the Weltgeist.


Writes Michael Lwy and Eleni Varikas in Radical Philosophy:


The ideology of progress, born (in its modern guise) during the Enlightenment, finds its culminating philosophical expression in Hegel’s conception of history. Here, everything that happens marks a further step in mankind’s march towards freedom: watching Napoleon ride into his home town, Hegel is convinced that he has witnessed `the world spirit [Weltgeist] mounted on horseback’.

Obama has about him this spirit, the world spirit. It’s not a rational understanding, it’s something that’s more felt than properly understood. But for sure he marks the realization of (or makes graspable) our situation, the global situation. With him we can abandoned such clumsy but once useful tools as cognitive mapping. Through the new spirit (or mood), the global is comprehend.

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I believe you're searching for "granfalloon."

Posted by pbaitch | October 29, 2008 10:42 AM
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"But for sure he marks the realization of (or makes graspable) our situation, the global situation. With him we can abandoned such clumsy but once useful tools as cognitive mapping. Through the new spirit (or mood), the global is comprehend."

I've said it before, and I'll more than likely say it again:

Charles Mudede is absolutely fucking batshit insane.

Posted by Barack Obama | October 29, 2008 11:04 AM
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video, please, charles! i really wanted to click on that picture and see this with sound and motion..!

Posted by j | October 29, 2008 11:05 AM
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holy fuck charles what's with the spam-mail style grammar? jesus fucking christ dude. this post makes ZERO sense

Posted by brian | October 29, 2008 11:13 AM
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In addition to that whole weltgeist argument, Obama's health care proposal is much better than McCain's.

Posted by Joe M | October 29, 2008 11:30 AM
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charles, TODAY he embodies a weltgeist. january 20th, he will be mortal, fallable, and dissappointing in some way to everyone's expectations. he is a politician, and america's fucked-upness is beyond the reach of any two presidential terms to repair. in 2016, we will not feel he is the weltgeist. or the heilegeist. or the weltschmertz.

Posted by max solomon | October 29, 2008 11:42 AM
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Jesus Christ is not Barack Obama. Also: Jesus. Christ. Charles. Gramatically confused, philosophically without meaning, and, in terms of convincing people both that Obama is a leader and you're not batshit, this is also tactically a total rhetorical failure.

You batshit motherfucker.

Posted by Jesus Christ | October 29, 2008 11:59 AM
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Chris Steele-Perkins has the village of Obama covered:

http://insight.magnumphotos.com/insight/japan

Posted by Toe Tag | October 29, 2008 12:44 PM
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Get some sleep, Charles. (Loved "Zoo" by the way)

Posted by Matt in Southampton | October 31, 2008 8:40 AM

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