“With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever. Always thinking that just behind some narrow door in all his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he’ll never know.” —Hunter S. Thompson
What is the promise of Las Vegas? What are people looking for in…
In keeping with the style of writing that has come to represent Americans in Vegas!
“When someone asks “what’s the use of philosophy?” the reply must be aggressive, since the question tries to be ironic and caustic. Philosophy does not serve the State or the Church, who have other concerns. It serves no established power. The use of philosophy is to sadden. A philosophy that saddens no one, that annoys no one, is not a philosophy. It is useful for harming stupidity, for turning stupidity into something shameful. Its only use is the exposure of all forms of baseness of thought. Is there any discipline apart from philosophy that sets out to criticize all mystifications, whatever their source and aim, to expose all the fictions without which reactive forces would not prevail? Exposing as a mystification the mixture of baseness and stupidity that creates the astonishing complicity of both victims and perpetrators. Finally, turning thought into something aggressive, active and affirmative. Creating free men, that is to say, men who do not confuse the aims of culture with the benefit of the State, morality or religion. Fighting the ressentiment and bad conscience which have replaced thought for us. Conquering the negative and its false glamour.”—
Gilles Deleuze - Nietzsche and Philosophy (p. 106)
The Reform Act wouldn’t come into effect until 2015 (because Michael Chong may be one of the last true proper parliamentarians in the House, but he’s no fool when it comes to realpolitik), but I would stick my neck out and say it’s the most important bill in years, since it could actually pave the way for a properly functioning House of Commons.