Tomorrow might be a good time to drink some of this in what would no doubt be a horrid cocktail (though as it reads on the label, a taste worth standing in line for). Time to get hammer and sickled!
And if anyone needed further evidence that Obama is in fact a capitalist and not a socialist, watch the Oct. 28th episode of The Colbert Report. Aside from the brilliant exchange between Colbert and Sherman Alexie, it features a brief 'interview' with Brian Moore, the official presidential nominee of the Socialist Party USA.
Among the many things currently on my mind are this post from Shaviro (whom I hope is proven wrong regarding the outcome of this election), and an older piece of Badiou's from which I draw the following:
The reason for the paradoxes of the vote are well known: its technical rationality means the result is gotten from a pure count, which authorises the infinite attentions of sociologists and political scientists -- as concerned with numerical details and variations as the specialists of climactic history -- and works to cover over massive irrationality. For why would number have political virtue? Why would the majority, modifiable at will thanks to the ruse of infinite modes of balloting, be endowed with the attributes of a norm? Such approximations are simply not tolerated in other domains where human thought is at stake. Great scientific creators and innovative artists have been right contrary to dominant opinion. Even violent amorous passions affirm themselves against mediocre social judgement. Is politics, and it alone, to be condemned to the conservatism of numerical means? Everything indicates that this is not the case. Since each time a capital political decision is to be taken, by everyone in their own name, the partisans of the just and the true are initially entirely in the minority, indeed, electorally insignificant. The résistants of the 1940's, those of the 1950's opposed to the sordid colonial wars, the "leftists" of the 60's and 70's: all of them were absolutely in the minority just as are those who today see imperialistic ambitions and the spirit of servitude hide beneath the mask of "humanitarian interventions", or the "war against terrorism". And, basically, everyone knows that number, the majority, won as it is from blind lists upon leaving the ballot box, has no real meaning.