Saturday, September 25, 2010

A wonderful quote from RAW

The other day as I was going through EMAIL TO THE UNIVERSE, I ran across this sentence:

Everything I write, in one way or another, is intended to undermine the metaphysical and linguistic systems which seem to justify some Authorities in limiting the freedom of the human mind or initiating coercion against the non-coercive.

As a one sentence summary of Wilson's political and philosophical beliefs, this seems hard to beat. (From "Left and Right: A Non-Euclidian Perspective," an essay which repays careful reading.) EMAIL TO THE UNIVERSE is one of my favorite RAW books

According to this posting from Dan Clore, the essay was first published in "Critique: A Journal of Conspiracies and Metaphysics, #27" in 1988. The original version of the essay says it was written after an invitation from the journal's editor, Bob Banner; for some reason, the reference to Banner is removed from the reprint in EMAIL TO THE UNIVERSE (perhaps to make the point that Wilson is writing for everyone, and not just the readers of one particular journal?)

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