Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Master Signifier's...


- Rex Butler, "Slavoj Zizek: What is a Master-Signifier"
...in 1930s Germany the Nazi narrative of social reality won out over the socialist-revolutionary narrative not because it was better able to account for the 'crisis' in liberal-bourgeois ideology, but because it was able to impose the idea that there was a 'crisis' - a 'crisis' of which the socialist-revolutionary narrative was itself a part and which must ultimately be explained because of the 'Jewish conspiracy' (TS, 179).

The same 'arbitrariness' applies not only to reality but to those ideological systems by which we construct reality. That is, again following the analogy of Saussure's conception of language, the meaning of particular political or ideological terms is not fixed or unchanging but given only through their articulation with other terms. For example, the meaning of 'ecologism' is not the same in every ideological system but shifts between several possible meanings: there is feminist ecology, in which the exploitation of nature is seen as masculine; socialist ecology, in which the exploitation of nature is seen as the product of capitalism; conservative ecology, which urges us to get back to the cycles of nature; and even capitalist ecology, which sees the free market as the only solution to our current environmental problems (SO, 87). The same would apply to the terms 'feminism', 'socialism', 'conservatism' and 'capitalism' themselves. And ideology is the struggle over which of these elements not only is defined by its relationship with the others but also allows this relationship, is that medium through which they are organized. It is the struggle not only to be one of those free-floating ideological signifiers whose meaning is 'quilted' or determined by another but also that signifier which gives those others their meaning, to which they must ultimately be understood to be referring.

10 comments:

Franco Aragosta said...

In truth there is no such thing as "REALITY," because the term mean something entirely dfferent to each individual who thinks, wonders, feels, and can articulate his personal Weltnschauung.

This notion all the "philosopers," ,"theorists," and self-aninted "sages" seem to believe that THEY are so gifted as to be able to IDENTIFY, DEFINE, NAME, and CODIFY what everyone else OUGHT to regard as "Reality" simply on on THEIR say so is not only absurd, it is the height of arrogance and presumptuousness.

Latter Day SNAKE OIL salesmen is what these people are.

These charlatans FABRICATE great lists of bizarre, exotic-sounding terms and puzzling names out of whole cloth, and then expect those who'd like to be considered "educated" to ACCEPT this BS a FACT, swear ALLGEANC to it, and dance to whatever tune the THEORIST feels like playing.

That's not "education," it's BALDERDASH, TOMMYROT, TOSH and TARRADIDDLE, StUFF and NONSENSE, BOLLOCKS.! –– whatever.

-FJ said...

No, there are both an objective physical "reality" and many billions of subjective perceptions of it. To the point where many of these subjective perceptions "overlap" we have "ideologies," but none of these approach "reality" for they lack the accompanying "jouissance" (we only get a 'surplus' of it through its' idealization. ;p

(((Thought Criminal))) said...

A swift kick to the testicles cures solipsism.

Franco Aragosta said...

___________ Withering Scorn ___________

Who could say what motivates the Mob?
Immodestly I say it isn’t I.
The preference seems to be for those who rob
Hope from those who still would like to try
Elevation over Desecration ––
Repair and not despair at what we dread.
It seems the Mob prefers alienation ––
Not Healing –– only Enmity instead.
Grumbling is easier than building
Submitting to the impulse to surrender
Captures for the League of Fakers gilding
Offal –– yet another sad Pretender.
Responding to the instinct to stampede
Never made the Tides of Fear recede.



~ FreeThinke

Franco Aragosta said...

__________ PRIMARY SOURCES __________

Look well upon the men who dig in mines,
And work machines in mills and factories grim.
Be aware that those who tend the vines 
Or till the soil give much for wages slim.
Reaping sowing, weeding, hoeing make
Full the nation’s store of nutriment.
Overland the burly truckers take
Rich provisions and accoutrement
Coast to coast. The teamsters load and haul
Enormous hordes of stuff that we’ve empowered,
Shipped in freighters, stored in silos tall,
Delivered, well-displayed, and then devoured.
Awards are due the goods and who supplies them,
Yet the wise despise the guys who advertise them.



~ FreeThinke

Franco Aragosta said...

_______ IN HONOR of LABOR DAY ________

______ TO THOSE WHO HELP ______

May God bless the practical women and men,
Who rise from the hay every day, and then 
Produce what we need 
Without rancor or greed, 
Make things run, 
Get things done, 
Keep things clean, 
So they're fit to be seen, 
And continuously smooth the way 
So that we may live comfortably every day.


~ FreeThinke

Franco Aragosta said...

 ____________ STILLNESS ___________

No sound beyond the dropping of the leaves
Or shushing in the treetops of the stirring
In the air and periodic whirring
Soft of wings and bundling of sheaves ––

Every now and then a bird may call
Looking for or longing for his mate;
Escaping still the hunter’s dinner plate.
Scythes swish steadily as grain grown tall

Submits to delicate compelling force.
Workers silently bent to their task
Over whom hot sunshine spills its rays

Reap swiftly knowing pain could come, of course.
Later, in the afterglow they’ll bask
Dreaming –– foolishly –– of better days.


~ FreeThinke 

Inspired by Brueghel's 16th-centuryp painting "The Reapers"

Franco Aragosta said...

FRANCO ARAGOSTA'S PRONUMCIAMENTO for the DAY:

IF MIKE FLYNN, PAUL MANAFORT AND ROGER STONE ARE NOT PARDONED –– AND PAID "REPARATIONS" –– VERY SOON, –– AND IF COMEY, BRENNAN, STROZK, PAGE, CLAPPER, ROSENSTEIN, AND H_I_L_L_A_B_I_T_C_H DON'T WIND UP IN PRISON, A.G. B_A_R_R WILL HAVE TO BE AJUDGED JUST AS CUNNING, EVIL, DEVIOUS, AND CORRUPT AS tHE REST OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TORMENTORS FROM THE D.C. SWAMP AND THE GLOBALIST ELITES.

(((Thought Criminal))) said...

He gonna hate the sealed indictments against Trump to be opened in the next six years lol

Franco Aragosta said...

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

He who bites The Hand That Feeds
Soon finds it s HIMSELF who bleeds!

Destroy Advantage for The Bosses,
And it is WE who'll suffer losses.

Actiins based on Mindless Spite
Lead to a life in Endless Night.


~ Franco Aragosta, Il pescatore saggio