Introduction [Page Five]

The Bohemian phenomenon emerged as a response to the deadening of culture by capital.

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Commercialized Bohemianism is merely a palimpsest—in its original negative connotation.

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One needn’t worry about small intensifiers.  They help the conversation along.

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The ability to be free of superfluous judgement is an essential part of Bohemianism, or any socially contrary position.

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Bohemianism represents a modern type of monastic existence.  This is what the Gnostics would do if they were in the world today.

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The monastic ideal is a response to the relationship between paranoia and authority.  The authorities know this, and that is why the repression of certain monastic orders, along with individuals who follow this ideal too closely, has been part of history from the early Middle Ages down to the present.  What the Church was afraid of was that the monks, freed from fear, were becoming more holy than the Pope.

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The monks tried to overthrow the old Church, and so a new Church was invented.  One nightmare was replaced with a far worse one.

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Of course, it is mostly the poor who die in war.  Notice that in modern times—the great era of democratization—this has become even truer.

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The Bohemian thinker is persistent, if not systematic.

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The earth speaks to us through our genitalia—the ancients were right about this.

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What is defended most vigorously in the name of ‘free speech’ is almost never what is most threatened by censorship and elision.

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Following a monastic way like Bohemianism does not mean that one withdraws from society either in intellect or in person.  Urbanity should not be disregarded.   Carelessness in thought often derives from a poorly conceived understanding of urbanity. 

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The first truly urbane writers were Juvenal and Petronius.  They were ignored by their contemporaries who considered them to be too complex.  And the empire fell from corruption.

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In our own time, dissent is ignored because political life has taken the place of a proper intellectual culture.  This is what is really meant by corruption: politics has entered a field where it does not belong, like a bad smell invading a room where people are making love.

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Uncovering the original meaning, or an alternate connotative sense, for a particular word or phrase, is exactly the kind of antiquarianism that is needed if we are to strip away the layers of power’s accretions.

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Philosophy without recourse to method is poetry.  Method without recourse to a useful philosophy is academics.

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There are no more places to hide.  Rationality has found every hole and denounced it.  The news is simply slow to spread.

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One can always occupy a discredited position, and defend it, so long as one uses it in a new and deliberate way.

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There is no chess-like structure behind the actions of people, despite what is often reported—it is just an extended game of checkers before the board is wiped clean.

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