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Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Whale

February 6, 2022 by Chas Walker


Reading Moby-Dick in the era of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, C. L. R. James ✨ sees Ahab as “the most dangerous and destructive social type that has ever appeared in Western Civilization.

He argues that Melville’s genius was an almost-prophetic creative process, prefiguring twentieth-century totalitarians by perceiving both the disruptive world changes that would produce them and the disasters that would follow in their wake.

For James, the core of Moby-Dick revolves around the key question of “how the society of 💰🎩 free 😈 individualism would give birth to 🦍 totalitarianism and be unable to defend itself against it.” ... ...

The catastrophes are upon us: all-consuming wildfires and rising tides, a resurgence of hard-right authoritarian political movements, and brutal inequalities that predated and have been compounded by an unrelenting pandemic.

Billionaires race to rocket off-planet to avoid the fate to which they would condemn the rest of us (although, as Melville would have noted with some jouissance, so far they have mostly edged into space).

Greater disasters loom, and we brace for each successive stormfront, afraid of losing power in a literal and figurative sense.

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He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matt 10:37


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