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Today, nothing shocking. You won’t need your fibrillator. Some not-too-coherent thoughts from south of the border:

In Guadalajara near the US Consulate there is the Estación de Lulio, an open walled restaurant, cafe and wine bar sort of place with unencrypted Wifi. Early on I could never remember the name and so began calling it the Libélua, or Dragonfly, and so it has remained for us. It is a hangout for students and people who want to do things with laptops or sit for a few hours over coffee or a glass of Merlot and read without being pressured to buy, buy, buy. An advantage is its being about a block from one of the city’s better bookstores, the Librería José Luis Martínez.

When Vi takes the CRV to Honda for its prescribed meals of grease and oil, she typically wanders around the the José Luis a bit, buys something to read, and ensconces herself for a few hours in the Libélula. I stay home and write lies and distortion.

She has a nerdy streak, last time acquiring Descartes’ Discurso del Método, something by Cicero and something else on Zen.

I think that reading philosophy is a sign of mental disorder. It seems to consist of very powerful minds spinning their wheels since they don’t really have anywhere to start. (“I think, therefore I am.” Oh. Rocks don’t think, therefore they aren’t. Or rocks are, therefore they think. I’d rather have a beer and watch old videos of Annette Funicello in a swim suit.)

Anyhow she is a scorched-earth reader, going through everything she can find by an author, Aristotle, the Pre-Socratics, the Apocrypha-all of the Apocrypha. My head hurts at the idea. After my recent eye surgery we have been hanging out in the Libélula after check-ups. We could do worse. Like much of Mexico, the neighborhood has a pleasant European feel. This discovery should not cause heart attacks since Spain after all is in Europe.

I am not sure why anyone would want to look at the outside of a book store. It is a massive place of two storeys, and contains everything ever written. I swear it. Everything. Though almost nothing in English. I throw it in because visiting Americans, the conservative ones anyway, are astonished and perhaps disappointed by unfulfilled expectations. They expect a decent illiteracy, as is proper in Latin countries.
I am not sure why anyone would want to look at the outside of a book store. It is a massive place of two storeys, and contains everything ever written. I swear it. Everything. Though almost nothing in English. I throw it in because visiting Americans, the conservative ones anyway, are astonished and perhaps disappointed by unfulfilled expectations. They expect a decent illiteracy, as is proper in Latin countries.
The Ion Horse, a few miles from us. It is the world’s first physics biker bar. Customers drink free. Only the particles are charged. Slightly out of focus, a common cndition on leaving the Horse.
The Ion Horse, a few miles from us. It is the world’s first physics biker bar. Customers drink free. Only the particles are charged. Slightly out of focus, a common cndition on leaving the Horse.

 

People sometimes ask me why I live here. Various reasons. One is that Mexico is stubbornly itself. It is not conformist, not homogenized, not designed at corporate and imposed on the whole country by remote accountants in Jersey or somewhere. Entering a pueblo you do not encounter a mall with JC Penney’s and Cracker Barrel and Ruby Tuesday’s and Taco Bell, the horrors that make America into one extended prolific center. Downtown in Guad there are McDonald’s, Burger Kings, maybe Dunkin Donuts, all the stations on the road to coronary occlusion. In towns the bars and eateries are one-off and entirely local, each with its own flavor. I like that. It keeps all places from being the same place.

The towns all have their plaza, usually with a church, but these are all different, idiosyncratic, though usually with a central kiosko–used a a bandstand during celebrations.

One afternoon Vi and I set forth with no destination in mind, just driving. The day was sunny but not hot, we had nothing pressing to do, so we drove along the lake to its western end, turned south, and set forth along country roads. Encountering signs to Concepión de Buenos Aires, or Concha la Pedora as its people call it among themselves, we followed them. The land thereabouts is open, with sparse vegetation in understated greens and browns that for some reason I like. It is not excessively manicured.

Concha is low and level, buildings of an older style, with the common layout There is in these towns a sense of time, of calm and permanence. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since 1517. You can feel it. Yet the kids peck at telephones, soccer plays on big screens, and the young listen to international bands on wifi. An odd mix.

We parked and walked. Few people were out, most being at work, chiefly in agriculture. The quiet contrasted with the bustle and traffic of Guadalajara. Concepción is untouched by expats. I may have been the only American to visit in a month, or many months.

Plaza, or part of it, at San Antonio Tlayacapan, near us.
Plaza, or part of it, at San Antonio Tlayacapan, near us.

From the arcade on one side of the plaza came music, José José, who might be called the Mexican Sinatra. On the other hand, Sinatra might be called the American José José. It was the only sound. We wandered over and found a small restaurant selling tacos and hamburgers. We sat.

The music came from the rocola, a jukebox, in one corner. The only customer sat at a table in front of it, a fellow of perhaps thirty, with his back to the world and a beer in front of him. He paid us no attention. The proprietor, as I took her to be, a brown woman in her mid-forties who looked tired, came to take our order, in my case a burger and a Corona, and chatted a bit. Where were we from? Ajijic, we said, on the lake. She knew it well and asked whether we liked it. Yes, I said, not mentioning that it now has the traffic of an LA freeway at rush hour and that the huge expat population has turned it into Mexico by Disney.

Half a dozen songs, and then again, the man with the beer rising each time to put more coins in the jukebox. We liked his taste. Finally we were about to pay and leave when the tired woman brought us another round of beers, courtesy of the feeder of the juke. We thanked him, spoke briefly of this and that, whereupon he went back to his beer. When strangers buy you a drink there is always danger that they want more company than one wants to supply, but not in this case. We finished the beers and rose. He came to shake hands with us and said Que les vaya bien, which is courteous, and we left.

ORDER IT NOW

America is obsessed by race. Mexico is not. If you look like a derelict you will not be permitted in elegant restaurants, but it is economic distaste. Being of one race, or close, Mexicans do not hate each other as we do, or spend all their time honking about racism. There is–not a color line, but a color blur with the lighter-skinned being at the top in prestige, but compared to the US it barely exists. It declines as more kids of darker complexion go to university and come out as doctors and engineers.

While the country is not a nomoculture, it is held together by a common Christianiy, practically interpreted (never mind the parts about adultery and fornication) so you don’t have to watch your neighborhoods when walking.

Americans come to Mexico sometimes thinking to see short, squatty Indians wearing funny clothes. There are still some of these, but usually they are old, and their kids, much taller, peck at cell phones.

Actually, different Indian groups differ much in appearance, from tall, slender and green-eyed of light complection to darker with different features. (Headline: “Some of Mexico’s indigenous groups are as genetically different from one another as Europeans from Chinese.” Stanford Medical study.) Says the CIA Factbook, fewer than one percent of Mexicans do not speak Spanish.

Plaza at Jocotepec, twenty minutes from us. American websites hostile to Latin Americans make the persistent   mistake–I am being chritable–ofinsisting that such towns are covered in trash
Plaza at Jocotepec, twenty minutes from us. American websites hostile to Latin Americans make the persistent mistake–I am being chritable–ofinsisting that such towns are covered in trash

Enough said. Times change. Some notice, some don’t. Sufficient unto the day are the burdens thereof.

(Republished from Fred on Everything by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Yes, I said, not mentioning that it now has the traffic of an LA freeway at rush hour and that the huge expat population has turned it into Mexico by Disney.

    Too many foreigners! I hate that! Now, you know how we feel.

    It all sounds very nice, Fred. Let me ask you something. Why does anyone want to leave?

  2. The scalpel says: • Website

    Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum, cogito

    • Replies: @Respect
    , @Logan
  3. Biff says:

    Mexico is nice, and I’ve enjoyed my visits there, but one problem I noticed. They sold all their expensive beach front real estate to foreigners. Big Mistake.

  4. Da Wei says:

    Swell piece, Fred. No trauma, no drama, just a mellow afternoon and a beer with the wife. Smacks just a bit of Linh Dinh. Sinatra is the best.

    • Replies: @dkshaw
  5. Anon[336] • Disclaimer says:

    “spend all their time honking about racism’

    The last time I was in Mexico, Merida, I was stopped on the street three times by Euro Mexicans. I suspect they simply wanted to practice their English, and I obviously American. In each conversation it was mentioned that they objected to being governed by Indians. One mentioned, with pride, that his forebears had sent money and guns to Texas, CA. 1847.

  6. Fred DOES realize that America, as built AND intended, has virtually no racism, either. It is the massive influx of foreigners that causes the natives to be “racist”, right Fred? We’re we allowed to be/stay vast majority White, “racism” would not be an issue, would it Fred? Forcing races to mix simply never works out…

    • Agree: TheBoom
  7. the huge expat population has turned it into Mexico by Disney.

    Quite true. Wherever fat stupid Americans go, they take the worst of America. Try visiting a cruise ship port if you doubt.

    But Fred has curious eye problems that prevent him seeing there are TWO Mexicos. One is inhabited by pretty civilized criollos and fairly civilized mestizos. The other is inhabited by primitive feral Indios and failed hybrid mestizos. It is this latter which America seems to draw like flies.

    And just as the fat stupid Americans take the worst of America to Mexico, the Mexican savages take the worst of Mexico to America.

    I’ll agree to take back all my loser cousins from the cruise ships and expat ghettoes of Mexico. Will Mexico take back its rapists, drunk drivers, welfare scammers, child molesters, drug dealers, and murderers?

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  8. Why on earth did you expose Violeta to Babylon north of the Rio Bravo? Have you come to hate your wife?

  9. republic says:

    from the New York Times

    https://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/opinion/the-country-that-stopped-reading.html?mtrref=undefined&gwh=9F71A495EF6D5E7471F58D173D4FADE5&gwt=pay&assetType=opinion

    Mexico the country that stopped reading

    “once a reasonably well-educated country,Mexico took the penultimate spot, out of 108 countries,in a
    Unesco assessment of reading habits a few years ago.”

    • Replies: @TheBoom
  10. dkshaw says:
    @Da Wei

    No. Mario Lanza was the best. ;)

    • Replies: @Swan Knight
  11. Pancho says:

    The biggest danger in Ajijic is the pods of purple haired land whales sniffing around and racial profiling old gringo men to see if they are nazi Trump Voters. Very liberal crowd of retired ex teachers and government leeches, makes it hard to take a class or use any of the service of the lake Chapala Society.

  12. Anonymous[772] • Disclaimer says:

    Fred Reed has become the standard bearer for John McCain’s legacy.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  13. Da Wei says:

    Yes, Mario Lanza, Philly’s phinest phersher! Such a voice; such a presence, and an inspiration to Luciano, as well. I’d forgotten about the great Mario Lanza, but no longer, because of ewe.

    Still, Frank was the best, and not just Hoboken’s best. Ring a Ding Ding!

    • Replies: @Swan Knight
  14. Buckwheat says:

    A real snooze fest of an article. The USA is not all Detroit Michigan, St. Louis Mo, or Washington DC. It has many small towns that you can walk after dark without fear, doors still remain unlocked but they are getting fewer and fewer. The influx of South American undesirables matches our own home grown filth but rather than infest the large cities they tend to find and inhabit the smaller towns. The wall won’t cure anything, what’s needed is a armed military presence on the Southern Border. Make an example of the illegals with what ever measure is needed.

  15. Fredo continues to audition

    for the vacant “Ask A Mexican” slot @ unz.com

    but he won’t got the job because

    he’s still too White

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  16. @Haxo Angmark

    Haha, Haxo!

    Affirmative Action is a bitch sometimes. I mean, you’ve got the experience (Fred does), you’re willing to support the team, you’ve got 10 years in the field, you got your senora and step-kids for credibility, yet the Unz Corp. HR Department will probably take the easy way out and hire another American-based-beaner. Esta es, cough, cough, la meirda del toro, cough, cough ….

    • Replies: @Truth
  17. Anonymous[260] • Disclaimer says:

    Violeta looks like a nice woman. Not that it takes much of a leap beyond the typical urban American New Age Harridan to get to “nice woman”.

    Yup. I’m betting the cotillion of castrated Unz males wishes like all hell they had a babe like Violeta.

    Busy, busy, busy. Once more into the breach.

    • Agree: byrresheim
    • Replies: @Dr. Krieger
  18. Maybe I am in just in a terrible mood. But I have no idea why I should care about this article.

    • Replies: @prusmc
    , @Anonymous
  19. Hmm.
    I guess I was right … USans are racist … not capitalists, rather exploitists.
    When I look at the “Mescans’ who came to the US, I don’t see a bunch of Mexican Indians, nor, for the most part, the nastiness expressed by many of the commentators …
    Maybe, as a native of New Mexico, I am blinded by the fact that many of my neighbors and friends have roots in what used to be northern Mexico … unlike the gringos who came, stole and killed.
    USans — kill more than anyone and say they fear murderers …
    A whole sick society of John McCains I, II, III

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  20. Respect says:
    @The scalpel

    The french Renè Descartes ( 1596-1650 ) said ” Cogito ergo sum ” in latin , or ” Je pense donc je suis ” in french , ” I think therefore I am , I exist ” , what is a complete estupidity . It opened the door to european rationalism , not to reason , it opened the door to totalitarian rationalism and to the modern decline of common sense .

    The romans said ” vivere est pensare ” , or ” living is thinking ” what has common sense , you have to live in order to think , life is a whole , if you are alive you have to think .

    Descartes could have said ” I eat , so I exist ” and he would have been closer to the truth , or ” I defecate so I exist ” . You can not live wihtout eating and defecating , but many people seem to live withou thinking , at least whitout thinking properly . Descartes proposed a thinking head disconected from affects , from instints , from the body , from life .

  21. Anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says:

    Today, nothing shocking. You won’t need your fibrillator. Some not-too-coherent thoughts from south of the border:

    And… it’s very boring.

    When Vi takes the CRV to Honda for its prescribed meals of grease and oil, she typically wanders around the the José Luis a bit, buys something to read, and ensconces herself for a few hours in the Libélula.

    Thank you for that information. Please drop a link so I can follow that shitskin on Instagram. She sounds enchanting.

    People sometimes ask me why I live here. Various reasons. One is that Mexico is stubbornly itself. It is not conformist, not homogenized, not designed at corporate and imposed on the whole country by remote accountants in Jersey or somewhere.

    You need to travel more. Maybe it will help with boredom (mine, when reading your articles).

    • Replies: @Ragno
  22. Swan Knight says: • Website
    @dkshaw

    South Philly! Another Philadelphian, Anna Moffo could also sing the birds out of the trees

  23. @Anonymous

    Its nice to see someone use the word Harridan. Now if we can just get cockamamie and jackanape back into regular usage, I will be well pleased.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Anonymous
    , @Logan
  24. Swan Knight says: • Website

    Fred Reed and Linh Dinh are both fantastic writers. Nevertheless, I prefer their commentary on matters not related to Mexico or Viet Nam

  25. Swan Knight says: • Website
    @Da Wei

    Frank was mostly a crooner while Mario Opera. Another great Philadelphia singer was Anna Moffo. Anna, like Mario, was primarily opera with some American standard styled cross overs

  26. I think that reading philosophy is a sign of mental disorder. It seems to consist of very powerful minds spinning their wheels since they don’t really have anywhere to start.

    Lame. See definition of philosophy..

    https://www.britannica.com/topic/philosophy


    Philosophy
    , (from Greek, by way of Latin, philosophia, “love of wisdom”) the rational, abstract, and methodical consideration of reality as a whole or of fundamental dimensions of human existence and experience. Philosophical inquiry is a central element in the intellectual history of many civilizations.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  27. Ragno says:
    @Anonymous

    Wow. It’s not often I have to fight the urge to vomit reading this website, but there’s a first time for everything.

  28. prusmc says: • Website
    @EliteCommInc.

    Elite Committee:
    Agree loud and clear! Unz Review is the best blog around,but do they have to publish every Fred Reed musing. I saw this earlier on another site I frequently site and I thought, please, Ron, Don’t put up this post high-school level romance drivel and travelogue on UR.
    About three sentences

    make sense, the rest is mush. Yes better mush than I can write , but then I am not paid to publish. At times, Fred is sarcastic and on point; his attempts at satire are lame.
    I have followed him from his Military Times day and generally liked what he had to say. Sometimes had differing view points but did not find him boring or inane. His greatest work was about the crash of JFK jr’s plane.
    Of course Fred has changed, as I have changed. We both realize that the best years of the USA are over; in some instances, we agree on the root causes, on others, we dissent.
    BTW, Unz Review is unsurpassed in allowing comments, let the reader sift the wheat from the chaff not a young Mark Zuckerberg.
    FINALLY, Lin Bihn does much better at what Fred tries to do, spasmaticcally,when he is close to a deadline
    Question: why so much about Jermey Cobin and the obsession with the halocast and or it’s denial?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  29. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Hang in there, Comminc. The gang will soon be back with yet another panting-with-excitement 911 conspiracy festival.

  30. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @simple pseudo nym

    Maybe, as a native of New Mexico, I am blinded by the fact that many of my neighbors and friends have roots in what used to be northern Mexico … unlike the gringos who came, stole and killed.

    There is a border, and there are what we, perhaps laughingly, call “rules of sovereignty”. Now, if you wish to be a Mexican, move. You don’t have far to go. If you wish to bitch about borders and silly rules governing border protection and sovereignty, by all means, whine to your heart’s content.

    There’s rules, dude. You don’t have to live here, but rules mean that people can, lawfully, be shot for crossing a border illegally. Rules mean that rich “employers” can be heavily fined and imprisoned for hiring illegal aliens. If rules were enforced, instead of being at the mercy of foul, corrupting money and wealth, the situation would be, at least, stable.

    Until then, comrade! Next year, in Jerusalem!

  31. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @Respect

    The french Renè Descartes ( 1596-1650 ) said ” Cogito ergo sum ” in latin , or ” Je pense donc je suis ” in french , ” I think therefore I am , I exist ” , what is a complete estupidity.

    Permit me to recommend Philosophy 101 at your local community college. Until you have some background, you are barking at cats on the backyard fence.

    • Agree: vinteuil
    • Replies: @Respect
  32. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dr. Krieger

    Ref. harridan — it contains more etymological fun than the standard “hag”, or “shrew”.

    n.
    1700, “one that is half Whore, half Bawd” ["Dictionary of the Canting Crew"]; “a decayed strumpet” [Johnson], probably from French haridelle “a poore tit, or leane ill-favored jade,” [Cotgrave, 1611], in French from 16c., of unknown origin.

  33. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @prusmc

    Agree loud and clear! Unz Review is the best blog around,but do they have to publish every Fred Reed musing.

    Well, not the best, but you couldn’t handle the best. And I don’t mean that pejoratively — it’s just that your depth of character is “kiddie pool”.

    Compared to the raft of — may I be kind? — preposterous, biased, idiotic, paranoid horseshit listings lining the left margin of the main Unz page, Reed’s columns are always thought-provoking, if sometimes not of any particular personal interest.

  34. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Lame. See definition of philosophy..

    Are you aware the act of “reading philosophy” is distinct from the definition per se?

    Ever read Kant? How did you get through the last 500 pages after coming to the realization from the first 50 that the premise is bullshit to begin with? Just your basic masochistic urge? How much of the Stoics can you actually endure? (that’s a little joke, but let it pass)

    Best to read summaries of philosophical treatises. If it draws you, read the original text.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    , @Respect
  35. TheOldOne says:

    Anonymous[224]:

    “Rules mean that rich “employers” can be heavily fined and imprisoned for hiring illegal aliens.”

    Wake me when this actually happens; thanks.

    • Replies: @byrresheim
    , @Anonymous
  36. Anonymous[997] • Disclaimer says:

    Fred: “America is obsessed by race. Mexico is not.”

    Is “La Raza” composed of race-obsessed Americans? Tell us, Fred.

  37. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:

    I love Fred, but I have to call Fred out on this one. Mexicans are very racist. Extremely so. Firstly towards each other. That color blur might be imperceptable to a Gringo but they call darker skin Mexicans Indios as a major insult and having white skin is a major point of pride for the Mexican elite.

    I would say Mexicans are much more racist than Americans. Fred does not notice this because he is white and all Latinos, but especially Mexicans, believe they are not racist and say this all the time.

    Don’t believe the hype Fred! Mexico is basically a caste system and they are very racist towards blacks, Asians, Native Americans etc etc.

    • Replies: @TheBoom
  38. @Anonymous

    Lame. Fred was ranting about all speculative efforts, not about so called “difficult” authors. I didn’t bother to read anything by Kant or Aristotle, but I’ve read most of Empedocles, Plato, Epictetus, Eriugena, … Spinoza, Stirner, Marx, Bergson, Cassirer, Spengler …plus some Russel, Heidegger etc.

    The point is not that many philosophers are mumbo-jumboing, but that “practical” people like Fred see all speculative endeavor as a waste of time.

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
    , @Anonymous
  39. Anonymous[360] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dr. Krieger

    “Young jackanapes” in use here: :)

  40. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @TheOldOne

    “Rules mean that rich “employers” can be heavily fined and imprisoned for hiring illegal aliens.”

    Wake me when this actually happens; thanks.

    Leading us to the more important point — that enforcement of rules is necessary to the security of a free state. (Than you, Tom Jefferson.)

    Yes, the entire illegal alien mess would vanish (and would never have occurred in the first place) if the rules for employment were observed.

    I don’t suppose I would be giving you new information by observing that the so-called American Constitutional democracy is corrupt beyond all hope of restoration? We could, quite literally, hang every other elected “representative”, but the corruption endemic to the system would remain.

  41. Darker skinned kids are moving up, ergo, Mexico isn’t racist… what kind of world do you live in?

  42. Respect says:
    @Anonymous

    Agree , nobody can read the idiot of Koenigsberg ( Monterrey or Mountain of the King ) , now Kaliningrad , for a while Kant was a russian citizen .

    Kant proposes the Law State , Rechtstaat , proposes a legalistic tiranny , above natural law , at the service of the totalitarian State .

    Marx said that Kant was the philosopher of the French Revolution , a real monster .

  43. Respect says:
    @Anonymous

    Philosophy 101 of American Colleges ???? hahahhahhaha , how hillarious . Americans are nul in philosophy . 101 dalmatians , hehehhehehe ,

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  44. @Anonymous

    Fred Reed has become the standard bearer for John McCain’s legacy.

    No. When Fred goes to a foreign country to fuck the natives … he means it literally.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  45. Not his magnum opus, only his aphoristic texts & some amusing rants. By the way, philosophy is, in this respect, similar to science: one, for instance, does not read original works on classical mechanics by Euler, Lagrange, Jacobi, Hamilton…. but modern acclaimed textbooks on the topic. The same with boring & dull philosophers (Aristotle, Kant, Schelling, Heidegger,..). Unlike Plato or Nietzsche who are both great writers, too.

    This is where philosophy differs from literature & is close to science (although it is, of course, not a “science”).

  46. Pre-20th century philosophy was interesting–even though ultimately you wind up in a cul-de-sac intellectually. Really, Whitehead was right: all philosophy consists of but footnotes to Plato. Certainly starting with Sartre and Heidegger and on through Habermas, Derrida, Foucault etc philosophy has become incoherent horseshit!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Bardon Kaldian
  47. Anonymous[173] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    The point is not that many philosophers are mumbo-jumboing, but that “practical” people like Fred see all speculative endeavor as a waste of time.

    I suspect the “point is” that Bardon cannot accept that “reading philosophy” is not the same thing as “being philosophical”.

    As you were, men. Smoke if you got ‘em.

  48. Anonymous[173] • Disclaimer says:
    @Respect

    Philosophy 101 of American Colleges ???? hahahhahhaha , how hillarious . Americans are nul in philosophy . 101 dalmatians , hehehhehehe ,

    Hey, dude, indulge your hebephrenia elsewhere.

  49. Anonymous[173] • Disclaimer says:
    @Prester John

    Really, Whitehead was right: all philosophy consists of but footnotes to Plato. Certainly starting with Sartre and Heidegger and on through Habermas, Derrida, Foucault etc philosophy has become incoherent horseshit!

    I dunno ’bout that. Whitehead’s sojourn into process philosophy is a significant and meaningful departure from Plato.

    I do not find Sartre “incoherent”, nor Heidegger, nor Derrida. If you would like some explanation, feel free to ask. Everyone needs a little help now and then.

  50. Anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    Haha.

    He’s too old for that now. That’s why we’re getting subjected to Vi’s mundane routines.

  51. Reading Fred Reed on Philosophy I am reassured that he is an American at heart after all, the love affair with lands foreign being but a blimp.

    Now Philosophy is to America and Americans what nuclear physics might be to Orangutans: you can’t eat it, there is no market for the darned thing, no quick bucks to be made out of it, and no political use it can be put to in good old USA. Talk about processing Jesus and the Bible as comic books – and you get attention. You get the market. And you get the bucks and the adoration for doing “something noble” for the young.

    Economics, the “free market”, “free enterprise”, “big government”, “small government” “national security”, and sound bites of varying degrees of wit and witlessness: this is the stuff that discourse is made up of. Useful, profitable, politically potent, and so deliciously pliable. As for philosophy? Tut, tut, so useless and so boring!

  52. @Prester John

    Philosophy died a natural death somewhere in early 1800s. Growth of sciences, both exact & social, made it superfluous. Late 19th C philosophers like Marx or Nietzsche were, basically, belated prophets & quasi-religious figures.

    It doesn’t mean that some 20th C philosophers are not worth reading: Kolakowski, as I recall, thought that only five of them achieved greatness (Bergson, Wittgenstein, Jaspers, Heidegger & Husserl), while some were almost-great (Russell, Whitehead, ..). Personally, I would dump Husserl & Heidegger and add Spengler & Cassirer.

    It is a matter of opinion. I think that philosophy lost its importance around 1820/1830s. Apart from religious & ethical areas, only Stanislaw Lem seems to me, in his “Summa Technologiae”, to possess originality & seediness. The rest are mostly derivative & sterile.

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  53. Anonymous[757] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Philosophy died a natural death somewhere in early 1800s.

    LOL. Bardon, you are SO full of shit. Ignorant shit, to boot.

    BTW, double-check what your Moldavian/English dictionary defines as “seediness”. Your usage is comical. Try “germane”. Look that up.

  54. Pancho says:

    Fred is right, in a few areas upper class Mexico is superior to the America that our lower and middle class live in. Fred gets promoted to to upperclass in mexico and gets Vi as his Jane. Vi is much better than most gordita gringas. The monkeys are cute too.

    I have experience in one specific area in Mexico, I moved my Mom to mexico for elderly care. For 20 percent of the cost of the USA Moms lives better and healthier in Mexico. The use of medication seems more rational, the young mexican women are very caring. In my case, mexico 1 USA 0.

    I have a strong suspicion that the private schools the upper class in El beanerstan use are much better than US public schools for our middle class. I see so many upper class Mexican kids that are bi lingual Engineers. No American kid becomes bi lingual at school. The good public schools where I live in the USA are $20,000 a year, I think the price in Mexico is $5,000 a year.

    If you are wealthy a little bit Mexico allows you to be upper class.

    The two areas I am pointing too, healthcare and education are run by feminist in the USA, less so in Mexico. Healthcare and Education in the USA are disasters.

    All us conservative americans like to say the USA is declining, but when Fred brings up specific evidence that the US is starting to fall behind Mexico even so many righties get upset. I thought the truth only hurt liberals? Why defend the socialist, feminist USA?

  55. @Respect

    Descartes proposed a thinking head disconected from affects , from instints , from the body , from life .

    Um…no.

    I am no defender of Cartesianism, but this is selling Descartes rather short. The purpose of the cogito was not to establish thinking as the groundwork of existence; it was to verify that there was at least one thing that could not be doubted. It was set up as an argument against radical epistemological skepticism and is, as far as it goes, an entirely reasonable proposition.

    Also, your spelling and punctuation are atrocious. Maybe try learning to type before grappling with one of the great minds of the Western canon.

  56. TheBoom says:
    @republic

    There are two Mexicos.

    1. The real Mexico inhabited by Mexicans

    2. The fantasy Mexico inhabited by expats like Fred

    Yes, in the real Mexico reading books isn’t a major hobby and, while there are some wonderful bookstores, they aren’t competing with Starbucks for store space. I rarely saw a Mexican reading anything except his or her phone.

  57. TheBoom says:
    @Anonymous

    The darker the skin in Mexico, as in Asia, the lower the status and the fewer years spent in school in average. The upper, white crust in Mexico is very snobbish and cliquish.

  58. Baxter says:

    “America is obsessed by race”
    Ok. Ethnic diversity is Americas greatest asset. That’s why the entire human world is ethnically divided. That’s why ethnically motivated politics and ethnically motivated violence is a universal and reoccurring problem. That’s why after the Soviet Union collapsed it broke apart along ethnic lines. Same with Austria Hungary, Yugoslavia. That’s why those Asian countries allow virtually no immigration.
    Jeez, why am I a bad person for pointing this out. Diversity kills.
    I live in a minirity majority area. And it’s horrible!

  59. Pancho says:

    @The Boom

    Actually Mexico 1 and 2 are both real places. Fred is in Mexico #2 which is a real place, upper/ upper middle class Mexico.

    Freds chains are probably lighter than yours but you seem to love your chains.

  60. “in my case a burger and a Corona“.

    I would think no self-respecting Mexican would be caught dead drinking a Corona, only tourists and clueless expats, which Mr. Fred claims proudly and loudly not to be. Unless maybe Corona in Mexico is a different beer altogether than that lime-garnished pisswater that passes for beer over here.

  61. TheJester says:

    Fred, at times you strain credibility.

    Your claim:

    “[Photo of the] Plaza at Jocotepec, twenty minutes from us. American websites hostile to Latin Americans make the persistent mistake – I am being chritable – ofinsisting that such towns are covered in trash. [They are not.]“

    Question: Fred were these photos from sanitized tourist postcards?

    The reality:

    “On Thursday, Mexican authorities declared a health emergency for the beach town of Acapulco because of large quantities of uncollected garbage that have piled up.

    Carlos de la Peña, the health secretary of the state of Guerrero, located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, told the Associated Press that city authorities ignored previous warnings about the trash and there were “impressive columns of garbage” located in several places.

    In areas where the garbage was particularly bad, state officials worked to clean and fumigate the area to prevent diseases, according to a Facebook post. He blamed the city for not properly collecting the garbage and said the decision to take precautionary cleaning measures came from Governor Hector Astudillo Flores. The actions were taken in an effort to avoid having to close down schools, restaurants, houses and retail shops.

    The health secretary told reporters that officials from the ministry of health visited various parts of Acapulco and found that 40 percent of the area’s population didn’t have garbage collection service, which led to the accumulation of trash.”

    https://www.newsweek.com/mexican-authorities-declare-health-emergency-trash-buildup-acapulco-1100024

    It seems to follow the culture. We have an apartment complex about a mile from us in Northern Virginia. It’s low-income housing … mostly legal and illegal Hispanics. The opened garbage bags thrown around the garbage containers are an eyesore and a public health risk. Rats and possums love it. And the piles of cigarette butts aggregating on the wooden decking and piling up against the vinyl siding frighten me.

    I also have spent time in Hispanic communities in southern California and Puerto Rico. What caught my attention was the filth. They reminded me of the Middle East where people throw their garbage over the compound walls and let the feral dogs carry it away.

  62. Logan says:
    @The scalpel

    I think, therefore I am, I think.

  63. Logan says:
    @Dr. Krieger

    Unless I’m confused, there is no such word as jackanape. It seems to exist only in the plural, jackanapes.

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  64. Anonymous[318] • Disclaimer says:
    @Logan

    Okay, enough, everyone. “Jackanapes” is a word, ending in ‘s’, that is singular, not plural.

    We got it. It’s like vulpes vulpes, but not Latin.

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