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Against the Grain with Sasha Lilley - December 3, 2012 at 12:00pm

Against the Grain, for December 3, 2012 - 12:00pm

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Against the Grain with Sasha Lilley

Corey Robin, author of "Fear: The History of a Political Idea," talks with Sasha Lilley about the ways that fear has been conceived by modern thinkers and the political uses to which it is put.

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On the transmission of angst

On the transmission of angst through the fears of the workplace, lets consider television's Mary Tyler Moore program. What comes to me, is Mary would be shown throwing her hat up to the sky, in the beginning of the show. Perhaps Cory Robin knows just how Mary seems to be feeling. Mary knows she does not have a Chinamans' chance. She will remain the office gopher, always unable to do the job right. A bumble-head copy machine girl who has men seeking to knock down what is left of her perimeter. They are in her apartment waiting for sex when she gets home from her city-life messenger-girl adventure. But a contrast would be the Murphy Brown character. The meetings of the departments and techs do not start until Murphy Brown casts her presumptive gaze upon the agenda. "If they can't start without you, that's the only sort of meeting worth going to". quote from a movie, Swimming with the Sharks.

Mary swings her hat and tosses it into the wind. It's a gesture reminding about the uplift of the marketplace that raises your boat in the swell. Her hat alas falls to the ground and gets trampled by passerby. She has to leave it. She is embarassed to show how much she wants her dreams to come. Then a cab pulls up and splashes mud on her, as Dick Van Dyke get the applause -for being handsome and tall -He can turn the world on with his smile!

I liked the Cory Robins condensation of the themes into an interesting play of ideas. One enters and the other rebuts, and time passes etc. The French and Montesque were the movement of Simoneon statistics and accounts. The entre of mechanical /Cartesian chemistry (dualism) philosophy at a distance. Its not the army, its the trend that moves the fly skimming on the air, and the distance between two points is reduced ad infinitem as the fly breaks in.

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