George Blecher discusses the timeliness of Thorstein Veblen’s “Theory of the Leisure Class” and traces his own lust for the “predatoriness” of the leisure class which was in his case kickstarted by heritage and manifested in the desire to stand out from the masses – by way of the “barbarian culture of wealth and competition”.
George Blecher is a former professor at the City University of New York. He is a writer, journalist and translator. His articles appear in, among others, the New York Times, Eurozine, New Republic, Christian Science Monitor, as well as Visegrád Insight and the Danish daily Information. He is a member of the Eurozine Advisory Board.
After the Iraq invasion, Americans are faced with an impossible choice on how to judge their government’s “pre-emptive” war doctrine, argues George Blecher.
Heroes are invariably larger than life but more often than not, we choose our own heroes because they enable ourselves to be a bit more of the imperfect person that we are.
On October 11, George Blecher writes about the past month – To describe as “conflicted” the political feelings of Americans these days is to make an almost comic understatement: everybody thinks everything simultaneously.
Has there ever been a duller Presidential race?
How we learned to love the media and forget who we are
In a fascinating addendum to Native Son (1940), the novelist Richard Wright talked about “the deep fun” of writing the book, and his sense that the nightmarish but weirdly comic saga of an illiterate black killing an upper-class white was universal.