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Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Necesitamos un trabajadora sign at bakery--Italian Markert

At the fish monger across the street, it's "SE NECESITA AYUDANTE." Americans who don't have to compete for these low paying jobs often accuse those who do of being racist when they complain about illegal immigration, but illegal immigration hurts poor Americans of all colors, especially legal Hispanics and blacks.



Chuck Olroski said...

In "Thus spake Zarathustra," Nietzsche asserted that resentment is the least explored of the primary human motivations. He said there are certain types of people who can't improve their own place in the world, and so they devote all their energies to tearing others down. Nietzsche called them "tarantulas."

People only differ (by degree & intensity) as to how much "tarantula" exists in themselves.

For example, a part time (Scranton area based) strawberry picker might resent those who work part time at Convenient Markets. A "go nowhere" school bus driver who owes a couple thousand to the IRS might resent those who could hide money in off shore Cayman Island accounts. Intelligent and brave 9/11 "Truthers" might resent editors who are not that way.

I admire Nietzsche for discussing resentment in general, and the tarantula-type harm it can do to a person's character. Thank you all.

Linh Dinh said...


I don't resent any editor, I'm contemptuous of the ones who dodge important questions. Further, I don't dwell on this contempt, but move on, since I'm preoccupied with serious issues. This blog isn't about emotions, but clarification of issues.


Linh Dinh said...

Also, I don't care if people are smart or stupid, but I will call out those who use their intelligence to confuse, deceive or mislead, thus my contempt for certain editors and writers. Resentment implies I'm envious of these people, and that's absurd. Contempt is the exact opposite of resentment.

Linh Dinh said...

Also, most people hate stupidity, including their own, so to point out stupidity is not the same as hating stupid people. I don't hate stupid people. I hate stupidity, including my own.

Chuck Olroski said...

Linh: Try this syllogism?

Fire in a city is a serious thing.

Serious people get emotional & ask serious questions on how the fire started.

Government fire "experts" investigate issues, and make public clarification.

Some people distrust & have contempt for government "experts," many do not.

Some bookish people shut-off home fire alarm bells, cities burn, & they're safe.

People who dare come too close to describing a fire's real cause, get burned.

Heroic people get singed for expressing unabated contempt for different others.

Once again, a serious fire "preoccupies" another US city!

Nothing changes until trusted "experts" get their feet put to-the-Nero-fire.

LJansen said...

150 year old German SPD party (which Rosa Luxembourg joined and then despaired of) is dying. They are in coalition gov't with Merkel, whose immigration policies are very unpopular.

What are Merkel's policies based on? Is it fear of turning into Greece? Well, I think we're all headed for Greece, sooner or later. Unless the "left" returns to its base and starts mobilizing them on their strength.

LJansen said...

Hi, all.

If you watch this (esp. from minute 23), the economist Michael Hudson (with Chris Hedges) lays out the case I was trying to set forth above about the left getting its act together.

In hopes we do, Linda


About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009) and A Mere Rica (2017), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.