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Kritiking is Debating is Kritiking

Posted in Manifestoes with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2010 by kevin kuswa

Ok, Zak of the “eye,” let’s roll.  These arguments do not require some sort of flight from clash or refusal to flow.  Let’s flow the “Kritik is Esoteric” post, a brilliant message by the way, and see where we are.  “Where are you and where do want to be in ___ years?”  Take Ode’s phabulous advice and jump on in….starting with:

Initiate the Liar’s paradox and lie.  It is not a lie because it says it is.  The point here is that the critique involves paradox—and it does.  The argument that “we need to jump out of debate” to understand our own positionality is a simultaneous call  to “jump further into it.”  This is certainly paradoxical, a conundrum of the best kind because there is no way out if you do not want to quit.  Do not quit.  Good Marxists work hard.

From the ability to lie about not lying, we travel through an excursus on self-referential action.  The snow is white because it refers to itself as Snow White.  This sounds too flimsy, too relative, too “we said it, therefore it is true” kind of feel.  This feel finds itself rescued, suddenly and provocatively, with the claim of the post:

The Kritik is Esoteric.

What?  Why?  Does this not feed those who would unfairly catalog the kritik and push it to the periphery, to the outside?  Those detractors need not feed—at least they should not feed on the carcasses of innovators who pushed the critique into the plausible, the mainstream, the non-esoteric. 

The Kritik is Esoteric…to some, Intrinsic to Others.  Kritik is Debate, To Kritik is a verb, To Kritik is to Argue…with convention and get up again and again and again to argue more.  Strauss to Socrates requires Socrates’ dying, being executed.  He had big thoughts and conceived of the picture and the frame, not the philosopher who is a historian of people thinking…

The kritik is Debate is Kritik is Esoteric.

 The contention here—and it is a good one—is that the Kritik has a “meta” distinct from the “meta” offered by counterplans and disadvantages.  This is a place tio stop and think and explore.  What is the “meta” coming from most counterplans and DAs?  Primarily the meta is that of an imagined policy-maker outside the room making decisions in the abstract, one of which is to decide whether the hypothetical adoption of the legislation represented by the plan is a good idea.  The “meta” of the critique (or the style of critiquing), by contrast, is that debaters are who they are.  Debaters are debaters and that is why they matter—the things they say are coming from scholars, students, intellectuals, thinkers—DEBATERS—and therefore matter.  The matter of things, things matter.  Debaters can make argument from themselves about others as long as the starting point is recognized.  Kritik is Acknowledgement.

This is the climax of izak’s wonderful post.  It is hidden but uncovered, silent but forceful: the chain of thinkers is not crucial, but it sets up the idea that critiquing involves a link to the debate itself, a process of assessing the consequences or value of “in-round speech-acts.”  Critiquing does not begin with a claim about something taking place outside the round.  This is basic, but revolutionary.  It means standpoint comes first and the question of what the government should do in some unknown future is secondary.   Yup.  This paragraph is key.

Now we back off and wind down, asserting a few more points but really letting the earlier ones digest.  Hopefully, it will come out ok even if it is more of the same.  Deep Ecology and meat eating are compatible if the meat is part of the cycle of life and death and interconnected with the consumers of the flesh.  Eskimos eating meat is different than the rush for cheap caloric intake through what we call fast food.  CAFO meat is not all meat, if it matters.  The point made and well-phrased, here: what do we do with this?  Doing is thinking is being is not esoteric.

Another hidden truth: the meta is the same, even the eternal recurrence of the same, and we cannot separate, nor should we.  Esotericism is timeframe, magnitude, and impact.  Account for these beginnings and start the steamy stream of lies.

This post is a lie if you want it to be.