Wednesday, September 11, 2019

summer 2019


See the site home page for the current update.

I transposed one of my comments at the NYTimes into a blog posting: “a venture in progressive pragmatism.”

China vs. the U.S.: The NYTimes top-picked my comment on Tom Friedman's column today, “Huawei Has a Plan to Help End Its War With Trump.” Business as war by other means echoes the fact that we’re on the way to a permanent condition of cyberwar. (That explanatory article didn’t allow for comment; so, see my comment here.)


September 7 | I finished appropriating seven back years of notes offline, but the complexity of it all doesn’t transpose easily into the simple sense of website which I’m trying to maintain. And I’m more interested in new directions, which draw me far from here. I must let things emerge in their own time and way. But I’m confident about my direction. And I know that the result will be worth sharing.

Friday, July 12, 2019

a sense of cultural economy and global order



When I decided last weekend to finish the spring “progressive practice” discussion, I discovered that cumulative notes were far more involved with unexplicated background material than I recalled. So, I decided to organize it all well for later use and, for now, write just short discussions for each part (linked below). Those discussions are merely synoptic of detailed thematic and bibliological scaffolding I have available for later use. (By the way, “goodG,” below, is the political-cultural aspect of a general conception of “the” Good, which I sketched earlier.)

cultural economy

goodG planetary order

Explanation of the many months of no new posting, February to now, may interest someone who hasn’t checked in here lately:

Friday, April 26, 2019

spring 2019


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April 21, I posted a comment at a NYTimes article on “progressive capitalism,” then did a brief discussion in light of it at the gedavis.com home page. That’s now a posting.

Then, I decided to pick it apart to use its elements for a new and better discussion, adding new aspects. But, as days passed, the discussion got too elaborate for near-term expansion. I’m going to develop it properly (unhurriedly): a sense of cultivating humanity through enablative society for a progressive politics of human ecology (humanistic ecopolitics).

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

winter 2019



What do you read in a text’s silence? “For a sound silence” is about others’ “Heidegger.”


March 4, 2019 | What do you read in the silent, attentive listener? Or the silent, attentive therapist? “Thinking of Heidegger teaching” is precursory (occasioned by a letter to someone), but a good introduction to my employment of Heidegger. I’ll perform some close reading of Heidegger-in-English, eventually; but probably not this spring. (I did so much close reading—from decades back to recent years of the “Heidegger affair”—that he’s part of the way I am. Yet, I don’t live in the middle of the 20th century.)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

for a sound silence



I’m saddened that Heidegger’s texts are still objects for broad stroke journalistic polemic, rather than opportunities for philosophy. Heidegger wasn’t being poetic when he appealed to the unmet need for thinking. He appreciated the realities of European nihilism that had led the German university to appease, if not vocally support, the transition of Germany into another war, leading to the Holocaust, echoing in Cold War tendencies toward military-industrial disaster.

Friday, January 4, 2019

What’s a good story of a “worthwhile” life?



Basically, what matters is that living be worthwhile. Something like that is taken for granted, for most folks, without care about definitions. Life goes on, life is, and it’s all too busy too often for time available. The varieties of worthwhile life are too many to cover in any scale of journaling or literature.

I want to suppose an ambitious ideal, for my own purposes—not one I expect others to accept, but it’s admirable, I’m sure. I want to simply refer to “worth-while life” with some specificity that pleases me for other discussions that refer
to “worthwhile life” and merely link here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

autumn 2018



I’ve given lots of time, the past couple of months, to commenting at news articles, especially New York Times articles and the Washington Post (and other sites, too). I keep a copy of each comment, because I carefully write my comments before posting them.

That has resulted in a large archive of comments (over 50K words, so far) that I’ll love to organize into topic areas someday (or weave into upcoming topics).

The fun continues, exemplified by today’s constitutional law posting.