7 thoughts on “30 4 30 Day 2”

  1. Hahahahahahaha!

    Too bad it’s not the adult who slop the buckets. This reminds me of the Fourier description of a utopian society where children were trash collectors because they liked to play in the dirt.

    I think the Naugler’s follow Andrew Breton’s model, but he left out a great many of Fourier’s ideas in order to make it more palatable to people residing in the US at the time. Breton was also a fan of symbolism.

    Andre Breton sought to claim Fourier for Surrealism. One can see why though Fourier’s imaginings put Breton’s in the shade. More to the point, Michel Butor took the fable of Valère and Urgèle as paradigmatic, of Fourier’s vision of social harmony. He also reminds us (in the 1973 edition) that this section of Le Nouveau monde industrial was excised by Fourier’s disciples from the 1845 edition; anxious to make Fourier’s message respectable by downplaying the decisive emphasis on the emancipation of sexual relations, they effectively mutilated it.

    Everything in the Fourierist cornucopia comes labelled and classified. In the spheres of both taxonomy and prediction, Fourier is indefatigably precise. The passions, though multiple, can be reduced to a set of ‘radical’ passions. There are twelve of these, plus the passion of ‘unityism, a kind of meta-passion gathering up all the others – Fourier does not bother himself with the logical paradoxes of the class of all classes. Five of the twelve are the ‘luxurious’ passions, four the ‘affective passions’, three the ‘distributive’ passions, further sub-divided into the ‘cabalistic’, the ‘butterfly’ and the ‘composite’. All are necessary to the economy of the Phalanstery, but the sub-divided distributives are a special Fourierist preoccupation. The ‘cabalistic’ governs rivalry and intrigue—its productive energies quite different from the destructive force of competitive individualism; the ‘composite’ joins the spiritual and the sensual and is another way of naming what we conventionally call ‘love’; the ‘butterfly’ is something of a favourite, ensuring the principle of a variegated division of labour. The play of the passions yields 810 ‘characters’; thus, allowing for the two sexes, the population of the Phalanstery should consist of no more and no less than 1,620 persons.

    Nicole pretends that she and Joe have an egalitarian relationship, but all she’s done is become the sole income-earner which is a flip-flop – not a transformation – of what so many have wrongly stated was “always” how families operated. So she’s embraced the very concept that she thinks she’s overturning. The fact that a woman is the sole person earning an income isn’t radically different from a man doing it. It’s just changing places.


  2. Many years from now when we are all gone, I can imagine this one ending up in an antique shop or a gallery… and they’ll never be able to figure out what it is. 😀


  3. Tekla,

    Oh hell I’ve traveled enough to tell you that in certain partriarchial cultures Nicole and Joe are the norm within the lower classes. Those countries where the men sit around all day with the other men, bullshiting each other, drinking coffee, beer or smoking hookahs where the women are bred like rabbits and their wives and mothers work the family store, stall or pushcart.


  4. @Lisa – Oh I know. In addition, for all that Fourier had some decent thoughts regarding community, it was still heavily skewed in favor of men.


  5. LMAO ..XKentuckian…I can see that as well!…I have a vivid memory that will never leave me..EVER.my hubby and I were stationed in Central America in 1995 but the military base did not have a hospital for dependents so I had to drive to the local hospital for my pre natal care as I was pregnant with our first child. The drive took about 20 minutes and the last 3 miles to the left was a garbage dump. The garbage was literally about 30 feet high. One day as I drove by, I saw several small children on top of the pile. I could only assume at the time that they were scavenging for food or things to sell…
    We also had a housekeeper..she was a local woman. I found out later that her husband did not work and that she walked many miles every day to clean and support the family. I broke military protocol before we left and gave her some furniture and “severance” pay…I was young and naive then but it was a life lesson I will never forget..


  6. Lol….
    This is the most expressive stick I have ever seen…
    I’m thinking Sheerluck should write a children’s book with this stick as the main character…
    “Too Many Poops”
    “Potty Stick Freaks Out”
    “Life of The Little Pooper Guage”


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