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El Lissitzky New Man on Dr John Dunn. Doctor John Dunn





El Lissitzky New Man 1923




All is biography

All is biography


Facts from history, facts from nature, facts about lives. Biography, biography, all is biography. Association with the great is taken for being great and the mere collation of facts is mistaken for wisdom. The rise of the expert has marked the fall of knowledge.

Sorelian amalgams

Sorelian amalgams


Early twentieth century Sorelian amalgams within the Futurist art of anarchists, syndicalists, nationalists, revolutionary socialists and fascists cannot be explained in terms of today’s bogusly constructed left and right.
John Dunn

Make it new

Make it new


Who were the worms to Nietzsche and Sorel? They were the product of liberal democracy, whose spontaneity, invention, and creative will had been crushed by la petite science, the petty bureaucratic imposition of quasi-scientific rules upon society. Human no longer, these were the worms.


Superordered space

Superordered space


From puppethood to human meant a separation from nature, a victory over nature, a Victory over the Sun. Suprematic paintings don’t have the old bottom-top orientations that depend on gravity. Malevich’s Black Square is a new superordered space, a reality beyond the senses - perfect unchanging form.
John Dunn

At behest of usura

At behest of usura


Hyperborea was a mythical race memory of a ‘prelapsarian’ epoch without demiurgic intervention. Yet the polar ascent is blocked and mankind exists on the equator. Looking down upon the pole, the journey to be undertaken is from the outer circle of the henge to the unifying centre, to the place of sacrifice and immolation. Such a quest was echoed in the procession to Eleusis and the visions of the holy night. Either way, the goal was death and transfiguration.
John Dunn

Strange borderlands

Strange borderlands


Stands against, but is yet a part of the world. Substance and thought are one. Thus we have Weininger the Spinozan monist who would have his cake and eat it. All this despite Weininger’s vitriolic comments about Spinoza who, by being a Jew, was predetermined in the Weiningerian schema to be ever a ‘slave and a determinist’.
John Dunn

Self-hating

Self-hating


Weininger elaborated the Nietzschean bifurcation. By fusing Judaism and feminism Weininger opposed man, or manhood, or humanness to the implacable spiritual foe and sexual nemesis.

The implacable foe within too: Weininger ‘diagnosed’, in a very Freudian manner, that the racism and misogyny in Sex and Character were the sub-conscious and projected self-hatreds of everyman.
John Dunn

In a straightjacket

In a straightjacket


This is the Weiningerian logic, that woman possesses no ‘I’, no ‘Kantian’ transcendental ego, no essence. Like some bundle of of sense-impressions she is defined by others, in particular she is defined by man’s attitude to her body as as a sex object, a commodity.
John Dunn

On the particularity

On the particularity


That this was the universalised state of modern times and not co-extensive either Jews or women, was insightfully recognised by the individualist-anarchist Dora Marsden. Weininger's genius, she says, was to recognise the two great oppositions, personality and amorphousness; his ‘boyish misstatement’ to locate these respectively in men, and in Jews and women.
John Dunn

For consciousness

For consciousness


There is no split between matter and idea, since the ideal manifests itself as empirical existence. The ideal is not sublime nor does it supersede reality. Consciousness and external material reality are connected dialectically.

The ideal is not imaginary but rather exists as the objectified form of social labour, becoming the things of the material outer world. The ideal is the reflection of objective reality and its transformation by human activity.
John Dunn

For the unconscious

For the unconscious


If consciousness was tainted with the telos of official Marxism, then where better to take refuge than in the unconscious. With Freud as the new Marx and Lacan his belated Engels, psychoanalysis was seized upon as a source of political and creative potency in works by Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard, Deleuze and Butler.
John Dunn

Mass-action leftism

Mass-action leftism


The bid to escape the directional telos of Marxism has led to a non-directional fragmented theoretical stasis reflective of the crisis-precipitating, self-preserving mores of global financial oligarchy. New Left ideology underpins oligarchical rule every bit as much as anarchism, fascism and neo-liberalism.
John Dunn

Stirner - the most 'free'

Stirner - the most 'free'


Max Stirner, who thought he was the most free human being on Earth was, in fact, the most enslaved individual. The same judgement applies to all anarchist, fascist and religious thinking in as much as they root originality of thought in one divine mysterious source or another. But it was Stirner’s individualist anarchism that best exemplified a blindness to the origins of thought in social practice...
John Dunn

Speaking tool

Speaking tool


Failure to arrogate this world of collectivised humanity (hampered by misguided or fraudulent education) transforms the individual into a slave, a ‘speaking tool’ of alienated universally human forces, activity personified as money and capital, and further as the state, law, religion, and so on.
John Dunn

Powerless before the impersonal thought of globalised capitalism

Powerless before the impersonal thought of globalised capitalism


All individuals throughout history have contributed to this collective effort through co-operative activity. However, the individual today feels increasingly powerless before the impersonal thought of globalised capitalism, which has raised levels of co-operation to unprecedented levels.
John Dunn

Swayambhu suppressed

Swayambhu suppressed


Like Marx he believed that we were 'all Jews now' and, by his own inference, feminine, passive, unproductive, unconscious and amoral. Sickened by the world around him, Weininger committed suicide in the house where the archetypal creator Beethoven had died.
John Dunn

Swayambhu the 'Self-Created, the Self-Existent'

Swayambhu the 'Self-Created, the Self-Existent'


It is this self-generating principle in man, the creative drive of the cave painter, the spontaneity of Dante’s child at play, that is the divine in man. It is the principle that man can create something from nothing. He can overturn the equilibria of Śūnya to create something new.
John Dunn

Sheep to the lampooners

Sheep to the lampooners


They who control the distribution of patterns also control the accord. Even the supposed revolutionaries are given the patterns. The 1960s counter-culture is the best example, but it continues today on the political left, through funded protest groups and lampooning comedians.
John Dunn

Quixotic confrontation with the rock

Quixotic confrontation with the rock


A child-like intervention is only without purpose in terms of the former equilibrium. In these terms, the creation of the Universe was an act of wilful frivolity.
John Dunn

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