|© Larry Catá Backer 2019 (Patti Warashima, Amazed 1984 (Tacoma Art Museum)|
|©Larry Catá Backer 2019|
These are the questions that tend to be avoided. They are inconvenient precisely because of the convenience (for politics) of a well managed program of the application of the four great errors. In this sense, this underlines Nietzsche's ironic sub textual point--that what is error is the belief that one is actually seeking truth rather than objective aligned to ideological frameworks. As Nietzsche suggested, these are the sorts of questions that expose the soul of a system, and that of those who drive them. And not just them. It exposes as well the view form below (the many below) the leadership core which appears to be the only collectives worth considering as animated abstractions with a collective will. And yet to do that ignores the agency (or its lack) in popular collectives from below. If only as an act of "criticism/self criticism (itself redolent with error), the exercise of distilling discourse within these structures of error may provide an antidote to the managed reaction that is expected of those subjected to a carefully guided interpretation of official text.
My brief observations and the relevant statements by Chinese and other (mostly US) officials follow. Consider this an invitation to an exercise in approaching these statements as walls of words in which the Four Great Errors may be hidden. And then consider--to what end?