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Friday, March 23, 2018

Another 'lost' RAW article found

An article by Robert Anton Wilson, "Why I Am a Right-Wing Anarchist," is available here. The document is mostly a collection of Robert Shea material, but the first piece has the byline "Ronald Weston." Someone has written "Robert Shea" next to the byline, but Jesse Walker notes, "It is on the Shea site, and John Zube has penciled in Shea's name as the author. But Weston was one of Wilson's pseudonyms, and anyway I'm 90% sure I saw this article attributed to Wilson elsewhere."

Thanks, Jesse!


Anonymous said...

It definitely seems like Wilson: right-wing anarchism, his favorite economists.

Jesse said...

Btw, the article appears in the May 1969 issue of the rogerSPARK.

Turpin said...

RAW was likely merely just totally mindfucking with us. He was really Ronald Weston all along; Robert Wilson being a childish gifted put-on artist.

Ben Tucker, moonlighting as a silent actor, said it best in the late 80's/early 90's:

"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite."

"It seems profound, and it's funny. But it encapsulates perhaps the worst error that a student of economy and society ..."

Benjamin M. "Ben" Tucker (December 13, 1930 – June 4, 2013) was an American jazz bassist who appeared on hundreds of recordings. ...sued the city of Savannah, Chatham County and others in the death of her husband on a Hutchinson Island roadway...Ben Tucker, 82, was killed late in the morning June 4, 2013, when the golf cart he was driving on Hutchinson Island was struck by ...

Jun 4, 2013 - Although he was internationally known as a jazz bassist and composer, friends remember Ben Tucker as a charitable man who did wonders for the Savannah community.Slideshow: The Life and Legacy of Ben TuckerThe 82-year-old, who was killed late Tuesday morning when the golf cart he was driving ...

"Galbraith's special gifts were not intellectual penetration or access to deeper wisdom, but gravitas, worldly sophistication, armor-plated apprehension of his own intellectual superiority—and wit (never underestimate that). Friedman does in fact rival Keynes as the greatest economic thinker of the 20th century. His devotion to meticulous scholarship did not preclude him from thinking big: Capitalism and Freedom is up there with Keynes's General Theory and Hayek's Road to Serfdom. Galbraith's The Affluent Society is up there with The Tipping Point and The World Is Flat—except that Malcolm Gladwell and Thomas Friedman are not usually so wrong in their judgments."

1.0 out of 5 starsNaive, childish enthusiasm...
ByAmazon Customeron December 16, 2007
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
Author is really enthusiastic about "no borders flat world". Good for him. For me, for a while: a) Airline customer "service" guy somewhere in India who does't know that Hartford, CT does exists, not saying about airline connections, b) customer "service" representative of major computer comany who most likely has never heard about computer model that I purchased yesterday, c) conversation in "english", thet even for me, not-native English speaker looks like ki-swahili, d) manners that let the customer "service" representative say "go to hell" and dicsconenct.

Yes, this is all great. For corporate greed. When I read book with "agenda" I always ask myself: "whose monies are behind this"?... I almost always have a suspect. The Illuminati for instance.

It gets better...

2.0 out of 5 starsThe Book is Flat
ByMatt Mayevskyon February 6, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The content of the book (the quotes occupy one third of the content!) can be summarized in a few sentences. 1) Computer technologies, automation, and especially the Internet have opened up new opportunities for everyone. We can be rich, we can work together. 2) Free trade and capitalism is the best solution to all the problems of the world. 3) America needs a better system of education. And that's it.

The World is Flat seethes from the excess of demagogy, which makes the author a great candidate for a politician. The content of the book is painfully outdated. Author instead focus on the mechanisms that shape the beginning of the twenty-first century, persistently presents case studies.

Conclusion; if someone wants to scramble through for more than 600 pages to find some valuable comments and bon mots, then I wish you good luck and a lot of patience. Bake your own lasagna in a stone oven.

Turpin said...

Ben Tucker. Schoolhouse Rock.

Turpin said...