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A Correction

The second paragraph of the last post on the destruction of the Constitution, starting with “In places, content dominates...” was missing; since when I know not. Perhaps since Monday when I began writing the epilogue to the Goldman Case and somehow inadvertently deleted it. Or maybe it had been missing since the time of the posting. In any event, it is now corrected. My apologies for the omission which you no doubt noticed.

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The Destruction of the U.S. Constitution: An Essay on the Commemoration of the 4th of July, 2010

The relation between form and content is a complex one. It lies at the core of man’s recognition of himself and his environment. It is the central question of all artistic activities, indeed all human communications: what to say and how to say it. It is a critical link in Hegel’s dialectics and the key to understanding Marx’s Capital.

In places, content dominates form, as in a rock, where the form is but the extension of the content, what the rock is. At times, the form dominates by virtue of the content’s absence, as in the Senate hearings surrounding the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Pity the media which must hype up the event as a sign of the citizenry’s vibrant democracy in action. Hence the live coverage of the embarrassing exchanges on TV and over-the-top reporting in the press: CONSERVATIVES ATTACK KAGAN!!! MISSISSIPPI SENATOR ACCUSES KAGAN OF BEING A LEFT WING!!! CONFIRM KAGAN!!!

The citizenry, alas, refuses to bite. Call it apathy or passive resistance. But…