Obama and The Waste Land

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Bob Dylan Roof

Marxist historicism and psychoanalysis in young lover's letter about T.S. Eliot

I haven’t read “The Waste Land” for a year, and I never did bother to check all the footnotes. But I will hazard these statements—Eliot contains the same ecstatic vision which runs from Münzer to Yeats. However, he retains a grounding in the social reality/order of his time. Facing what he perceives as a choice between ecstatic chaos and lifeless mechanistic order, he accedes to maintaining a separation of asexual purity and brutal sexual reality. And he wears a stoical face before this. Read his essay on Tradition and the Individual Talent, as well as Four Quartets, when he’s less concerned with depicting moribund Europe, to catch a sense of what I speak. Remember how I said there’s a certain kind of conservatism which I respect more than bourgeois liberalism—Eliot is of this type. Of course, the dichotomy he maintains is reactionary, but it’s due to a deep fatalism, not ignorance. (Counter him with Yeats or Pound, who, arising from the same milieu, opted to support Hitler and Mussolini.) And this fatalism is born out of the relation between fertility and death, which I touched on in my last letter—life feeds on itself. A fatalism I share with the western tradition at times. You seem surprised at Eliot’s irreconcilable ambivalence; don’t you share this ambivalence yourself, Alex?​

source http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/05/barack-obamas-old-girlfriends-get-dishy.html
President Camacho

As election season heats up we can be sure to see more of these smug tidbits from Obama's early life dredged up by the GOP in the quest to portray him as a marxist psychobabbler disconnected from the concerns of "the people". Let the games begin!

I'd be interested to hear Obama's reasoning as to why Yeats and Pound were "ignorant" as opposed to Eliot. It seems rather that they had the courage to take their worldviews to their logical conclusions, whereas Eliot retreated from politics to the convalescent home that England was already becoming and pretended it was still the 18th century.
Bob Dylan Roof
Where he nurtured a storied and accomplished posting career, no doubt.
don’t you share this ambivalence yourself, Alex?

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