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Rising Up and Rising Down Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Free download Æ E-book, or Kindle E-pub å William T. Vollmann The authorized abridged edition of the 3000 page seven volume magnum opus which was nominated for the US National Book Critic's Circle Award The LA Times has said of Vollmann 'He has an uncompromising intelligence that will change the way you think about all of history' In this book a labour of twenty three years Vollmann will change the way you think about violence Vollmann brings to this subject compelling logic knowledge research and authentic experience His research is legendary He has immersed himself in the hazardous worlds he cover. Rising Up and Rising Down is correctly compared to Gibbon s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire At least so today in one hundred years who can say Both are massive multi volume works which intimidate in their physical presences Both have a very short simple uestion in mind to address When is violence justified Why did the Roman Empire fall Neither uestion is easy to answer Both works are intensely erudite both authors very much attending to the manner in which the words go down upon the page Here s a difference Vollmann recognizes the likely failure of his work recognizes that despite the aspiration to a universally valid calculus his moral calculus can only be limited to the best he can do Gibbon s work was definitive at the time and he didn t take humbly to his detractors cf his Vindication Rising Up and Rising Down is a 3300 page opus twenty years in the writing Vollmann began writing in 1982 when he journeyed to Afghanistan to see what he could do to help the Afghani s defend themselves against Soviet aggression the product of that journey and what may be understood as Volume 05 of RURD is An Afghanistan Picture Show the adolescent beginnings of RURD being a confession of utter failure to save the world The unpublishable RURD was or less completed by 1997 but a few years later in what will likely count as his most heroic decision as a publisher Dave Eggers scratched out some numbers and committed to publish RURD in 2003 Some updating some fact checking and unfortunately inadeuate copy editing RURD saw the light of day in the form of 3500 beautifully bound exemplars at US120 each today several times on the second hand market Here too a contrast with Gibbon s work while Decline and Fall s first volume experienced six editions between 1776 and 1789 RURD exists in a single first edition readership has changed over the centuriesNot uite true Vollmann produced an abridged edition of RURD for Ecco Press in 2004 which even went into paperback for the money and so that at least some folks might actually read it The abridgment is both fortunate and unfortunate Fortunate simply for having some of this massive work widely and affordably available but most unfortunate because it cannot but obscure the narrative and argumentative threads of the complete treatise For instance the abridgment contains the complete Moral Calculus available HERE thanks to Friend Hadrian s efforts in the form of summary propositions intricately and logically organized complete with definitions and such but the propositions themselves are barren when removed from the context out of which Vollmann has developed them One is left with a merely shallow understanding of how each element of the Calculus is intended to operate the life blood of the system of justifications and what is the moral but our very life blood is mostly drained leaving us with only a handful of examples of his methodology Too the second half of RURD the Studies in Conseuences which occupy volumes V and VI is reduced to fewer than 200 pages and this later half of the complete work is where Vollmann the journalist is most roundly represented More on that But meanwhile and until McSweeney s works up a second edition in some form any form most readers are left with the choice of an unsatisfying abridgment or hoping for the fortune of having an adeuate library in the vicinity A word about justification Some readers and reviewers seem suspicious about Vollmann s project of justifying violence of asking when violence might be justifiable Let me be clear if we are moral actors and some neo Nietzscheans might deny that we are then we are concerned with whether our actions are right or wrong if our actions are justified we are right if not not In the alternative that is to say if we are not moral actors there is no uestion about justifications my might makes me right The moral uestion about our actions is always threatened with expediency we do it because it works I get what I want no uestion whether it is right or wrong justified or not justified But if we believe that what we do and why we do it matters then we are concerned with moral uestions and we are concerned with justifiability what is it about my actions and motives which make this action a right action and that one a wrong action Many of us citizens of democratic societies are concerned about the uestion whether our governments are acting morally or whether they are merely pursuing raw self interest and aggrandizement of power covered over with moral sounding platitudes we are asking whether our governments actions against AfghanistanIraSyriaETC are morally justified or simply expedient And the burden of proof is always on the moral actor even upon submitting a course of action to the analytic knife of the Moral Calculus a suspicion continues to haunt any such justified violent action there is no moral compunction to commit any specific act there is not Demand but rather a limitation With something like the Moral Calculus at hand we have some advantage for distinguishing between self defense justified and mere self interest justified or not dependingBeyond the rights of lonely atoms justification of violence becomes by no means straight forward A few of Vollmann s beginning points which should indicate that the Moral Calculus which would justify acts of violence is non expansive The Empath s Golden Rule Do unto others not only as you would be done by but also as they would be done by In the case of any variance do the generous thing The First Law of Violent Action The inertia of the situation into which we inject ourselves must always be given the benefit of the doubt Look before you leap which can be restated Assume any potential victim of your violence to be as worthy of self preservation as yourself until that assumption has been disproven by the remainder of your moral calculus The Rights of the Self To violently defend itself or not To violently defend another or not To destroy itself or preserve itself To violently destroy another who would be better off dead To violently defend its property or not Violence is Justified 1 In legitimate self defense or the defense of other human beings against imminent physical harm legitimate and imminence both reuire definition 2 In defense of individual rights see above 3 In defense of self respect 4 In construction or maintenance of legitimate institutional authority 5 In obedience to legitimate authority provided only that there is ethical commonality between the giver of the orders and one who is ordered and that the indications in 1 and 2 apply 6 When a number of categories of self defense can be legitimately invoked The conditions in this section satisfied the better 7 In defense of proportionality 8 In imminent defense of freedom of speechConsider the foregoing a rough sketch of the principles from which Vollmann begins his investigations Also note his precaution against justifiability When one commits violence it is likely that it will be unjustified than justified Therefore I would advise that if an act seems by the rules of section 6 When is violence unjustified to be classified as evil it should be treated as suspect at best On the other hand if the act seems to obey all the rules for justification listed in section 5 When is violence justified from which my extracts just above it should be treated as somewhat less suspect At its most noble an act which passes all the tests of section five can only be said to tend toward being justified Since these rules necessarily remain vague and their interpretation open to opinion no one test is sure and 516 the categories of self defense invoked the better should be kept in mind For the entire Moral Calculus please see Friend Hadrian again HEREFor the remainder of this review I d like to simply indicate what is contained within the unabridged RURD For despite having been a Vollmanniac for a few years now I had little understanding of what exactly was going on in this most legendary of his books I would like to think that by providing my own version of a table of contents I might entice a few other folks to seek out by hook or by crook an opportunity to visit this book in its seven volume glory even if only to create one s own abridgment Broadly speaking the book is divided in half Justifications volumes II IV and Studies in Conseuences volumes V and VI The second half is what I am keen on pressing into your hands because it is explicitly the kind of thing which only Vollmann does and wherein one will find several of the Vollmann legends fully written up such as the story of his purchaserescue of an underage prostitute in Thailand whereas the first half is the kind of historico ethical study which could be taken up by anyone interested in the uestion in generalVolume ITwo introductory pieces Three Meditations on Death and Introduction The Days of the NiblungsDefinitions for Lonely Atoms contains six essays On the Aesthetics of Weapons On the Morality of Weapons Where Do My Rights End Where Do My Rights Begin Where Do Your Rights Begin Means and EndsJustifications volumes II through IVIn each of the following chapters Vollmann undertakes to examine when violence may or may not be justified in defense of some principle or interest He engages each topic in relation to one or moral actors often historical characters such as Lincoln Trotsky Caesar Napoleon John Brown When is violence justified or unjustified in relation to Section I Self Defense Defense of HonorDefense of ClassDefense of AuthorityDefense of Race and CultureDefense of CreedDefense of War AimsDefense of HomelandDefense of GroundDefense of the EarthDefense of AnimalsDefense of GenderDefense against TraitorsDefense of RevolutionSection II Policy and ChoiceDeterrence Retribution and RevengePunishmentLoyalty Compulsion and FearSadism and ExpediencySadism Masochism and PleasureSection II FateMoral YellownessInevitabilityEvaluationsFour Safeguards 1 Make sure you are justified in as many of the above categories as possible 2 Render your cause attractive to as many diverse participants as possible 3 Combine experience and theory 4 Acknowledge context carefullyRemember the VictimStudies in Conseuences These case studies have a uestionable vague or accidental relationship with the first half of RURD Despite what one may expect Vollmann does not employ his Moral Calculus to evaluate the moral actors in these case studies Rather he is seeking to understand what if any moral calculus these moral actors may possess when do they believe violence justified These twelve hundred pages showcase Vollmann The Journalist listening to his subjects and bringing them to voice he is here not the armchair ethicist whom we saw in the first half of RURD Of all of RURD these two volumes most deserve a second edition Southeast Asia 1991 2000 The Skulls on the Shelves Vollmann attempts to contact and interview Pol Pot background to his novel The Butterfly Boy The Last Generation and Kickin It Cambodian American both investigate Cambodian youth gangs in California When is violence justified A When someone fuck us up I m Especially Interested in Young Girls Thailand The legendary story of Vollmann and his friend Ken purchasingrescuing an underage prostitute He still owns her even has a receipt from dad But What Are We To Do Burma Bill seeks finds and interviews Khun Sa The Opium King and leader of a Shan separatist movement Yet another piece of geo political history about which I knew nothing Yakuza Lives Japan Are the Yakuza evil Europe 1992 1994 1998Three essays about former Yugoslavia Included here is the incident which cost the lives of two of Bill s journalist friends with he himself escaping by some inexplicable motion of luck Where are All the Pretty Girls The War Never Came Here The Avengers of Kosovo I have never understood what happened in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990 s I am only slightly comforted by the fact the Bill has not been able to make sense of it either Africa 1993 2001 The Jealous Ones Madagascar Special Tax Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of CongoVollmann says that his portrait of Africa would have looked very different had he been sent to different countries As it is he was sent to these two countries These two essays may be the point at which Bill finds himself most deeply in despair They are harrowing stories The Muslim World 1994 2002 Let Me Know if You re Scared Somalia Vollmann accompanies military on missions to disarm militants and to provide safe passage for humanitarian aid We are soldiers not police The Old Man Malaysia Vollmann tracks down and interviews Hadji Amin leader of PULO Vollmann is the only journalist to have interviewed him Do you know who Hadji Amin or PULO is The Wet Man Is Not Afraid of Rain Ira This is 1998 and the effects of UNUS sanctions would appear to me eyes to be a war crime With Their Hands on Their Hearts Afghanistan This is 2000 We need Americans to have the love respect and understanding of Islam which Bill has Everybody Likes Americans Yemen September 11 2002 No not many like Americans Given Bill s love for the followers of Islam this is a painful essay In fact it is very important to find out why they hate us but we can only do that if we learn to speak and be heard rather than to continue to shout deafen and kill North America 1988 2000 Laughing At All Her Enemies USA Amerindian suicide You Gotta Be A Hundred Percent Right USA The Guardian Angels a citizen s anti crime patrol organization with no money and which practices citizens arrest Whack Em and Stack Em USA A portrait of Ted Nugent the only celebrity Bill s interviewed Dey Bring Dem Bloodstain Up Here Jamaica Violence in the Kingston ghettos Murder for Sale USA Reluctantly Bill covers the Columbine massacre and then too the NRA convention is in town an excellent analysis of vultures Guns in the USA Want to know why Vollmann is a gun nut South America 1999 2000 You Never Know Who is Who Columbia Papa s Children ColumbiaThese two essays are almost as harrowing and despairing as the two from AfricaPerception and Irrationality Nightmares Prayers and Ecstasies USA Can the irrationality of religion function as a bulwark against the irrationality of violence Bill investigates voodoo hoodoo and santaria Off the Grid USA Right wingers in Idaho and Montana Some despicable creatures here but are they harming anyone Thick Blood Japan The Untouchables desire eual rightsShall we characterize Vollmann s journalistic work It is like no other His uestions tend to not receive informative answers He interviews whom we can He reports to us what they say preserving even the broken English of his translators this is the respect for voice which I ve spoken of previously in regard to Fathers and Crows His reports are not definitive characterizations of anything Many essays are merely reports of his failures his difficulties This is humble work It is work which has taken him to places many of us didn t even know existed It is a collection essential for understanding William T VollmannWho should read Rising Up and Rising Down War mongers and peace niks journalists ethicists and philosophers CITIZENS politicians goodreaders Vollmanniacs and assorted detritus of societies You Bright and Risen Angels proofing editing and perhaps later but isn t this enoughAnd as always I d like to thank Friend Brian Dice for making it possible for me to read the entire seven volumes many years before I thought I d have the opportunity Thank you BrianGarth Risk Hallberg on RURD from his Year in Reading reportI did something crazy this year I blew half of a freelancing check on the complete seven volume edition of William T Vollmann s 3000 page essay on violence Rising Up and Rising Down What can I say It was either that or diapers for my children I remain deeply conflicted about my fascination with Vollmann I know there s an obvious case to be made that he s not a good writer I also think he might be a great one To my surprise given its length RURD is one of his carefully crafted books In its learned monomania it reminds me of Burton s Anatomy of Melancholy To a contemporary audience its style of argumentation may feel bizarre I keep thinking of an archaeologist sitting at a table sweeping a pile of sand from one hand to the other waiting for artifacts to emerge in the middle But when Vollmann arrives after many divagations at a point you don t feel like you understand you feel like you ve lived it For this reason I cannot imagine the 700 page abridged version making any sense at all And if Violence seems like too broad a subject consider this it s a head fake The essay s really about EverythingOr so it seems to me at present I m only two volumes in RURD is destined probably to join The Book of Disuiet and The Arcades Project and The Making of Americans as one of those books I read and read and never finish But I m grateful to the weird pressure of A Year in Reading for giving me the impetus to start MARTIAL GOD ASURA page seven volume magnum opus which was nominated for the US National Book Critic's Circle Award The LA Times has said of Vollmann 'He has an uncompromising intelligence that will change the way you think about all of history' In this book a labour of twenty three years Vollmann will change the way you think about violence Vollmann brings to this subject compelling logic knowledge research and authentic experience His research is legendary He has immersed himself in the hazardous worlds he cover. Rising Up and Rising Down is correctly compared to Gibbon s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire At least so today in one hundred years who can say Both are massive multi volume works which intimidate in their Gender, Race, and Class: An Overview physical The Wizardry uested presences Both have a very short simple uestion in mind to address When is violence justified Why did the Roman Empire fall Neither uestion is easy to answer Both works are intensely erudite both authors very much attending to the manner in which the words go down upon the How to Cook Everything Simple Recipes for Great Food page Here s a difference Vollmann recognizes the likely failure of his work recognizes that despite the aspiration to a universally valid calculus his moral calculus can only be limited to the best he can do Gibbon s work was definitive at the time and he didn t take humbly to his detractors cf his Vindication Rising Up and Rising Down is a 3300 Julia Child's Cooking Essentials page opus twenty years in the writing Vollmann began writing in 1982 when he journeyed to Afghanistan to see what he could do to help the Afghani s defend themselves against Soviet aggression the 高嶺と花 9 product of that journey and what may be understood as Volume 05 of RURD is An Afghanistan Picture Show the adolescent beginnings of RURD being a confession of utter failure to save the world The unpublishable RURD was or less completed by 1997 but a few years later in what will likely count as his most heroic decision as a Underlord Underland Chronicles Book 2 publisher Dave Eggers scratched out some numbers and committed to انجمن های نیمه سری زنان در نهضت مشروطه publish RURD in 2003 Some updating some fact checking and unfortunately inadeuate copy editing RURD saw the light of day in the form of 3500 beautifully bound exemplars at US120 each today several times on the second hand market Here too a contrast with Gibbon s work while Decline and Fall s first volume experienced six editions between 1776 and 1789 RURD exists in a single first edition readership has changed over the centuriesNot uite true Vollmann The Illuminoids Secret Societies and Political Paranoia produced an abridged edition of RURD for Ecco Press in 2004 which even went into Classical Ballet Techniue paperback for the money and so that at least some folks might actually read it The abridgment is both fortunate and unfortunate Fortunate simply for having some of this massive work widely and affordably available but most unfortunate because it cannot but obscure the narrative and argumentative threads of the complete treatise For instance the abridgment contains the complete Moral Calculus available HERE thanks to Friend Hadrian s efforts in the form of summary Totalitarian Space and the Destruction of Aura propositions intricately and logically organized complete with definitions and such but the False Sight False Memory #2 propositions themselves are barren when removed from the context out of which Vollmann has developed them One is left with a merely shallow understanding of how each element of the Calculus is intended to operate the life blood of the system of justifications and what is the moral but our very life blood is mostly drained leaving us with only a handful of examples of his methodology Too the second half of RURD the Studies in Conseuences which occupy volumes V and VI is reduced to fewer than 200 The Killing of Paradise Planet pages and this later half of the complete work is where Vollmann the journalist is most roundly represented More on that But meanwhile and until McSweeney s works up a second edition in some form any form most readers are left with the choice of an unsatisfying abridgment or hoping for the fortune of having an adeuate library in the vicinity A word about justification Some readers and reviewers seem suspicious about Vollmann s The Duchess Hunt project of justifying violence of asking when violence might be justifiable Let me be clear if we are moral actors and some neo Nietzscheans might deny that we are then we are concerned with whether our actions are right or wrong if our actions are justified we are right if not not In the alternative that is to say if we are not moral actors there is no uestion about justifications my might makes me right The moral uestion about our actions is always threatened with expediency we do it because it works I get what I want no uestion whether it is right or wrong justified or not justified But if we believe that what we do and why we do it matters then we are concerned with moral uestions and we are concerned with justifiability what is it about my actions and motives which make this action a right action and that one a wrong action Many of us citizens of democratic societies are concerned about the uestion whether our governments are acting morally or whether they are merely Éthiue de la différence sexuelle pursuing raw self interest and aggrandizement of On Purpose Lessons in Life and Health from the Frog Dung Beetle and Julia power covered over with moral sounding Love's Verdict platitudes we are asking whether our governments actions against AfghanistanIraSyriaETC are morally justified or simply expedient And the burden of The Trove of the Passion Room proof is always on the moral actor even upon submitting a course of action to the analytic knife of the Moral Calculus a suspicion continues to haunt any such justified violent action there is no moral compunction to commit any specific act there is not Demand but rather a limitation With something like the Moral Calculus at hand we have some advantage for distinguishing between self defense justified and mere self interest justified or not dependingBeyond the rights of lonely atoms justification of violence becomes by no means straight forward A few of Vollmann s beginning Falcon The Autobiography of His Grace James IV King of Scots points which should indicate that the Moral Calculus which would justify acts of violence is non expansive The Empath s Golden Rule Do unto others not only as you would be done by but also as they would be done by In the case of any variance do the generous thing The First Law of Violent Action The inertia of the situation into which we inject ourselves must always be given the benefit of the doubt Look before you leap which can be restated Assume any Load Resistance Factor Design Manual of Steel Construction Volume II Connections potential victim of your violence to be as worthy of self What Niall Saw preservation as yourself until that assumption has been disproven by the remainder of your moral calculus The Rights of the Self To violently defend itself or not To violently defend another or not To destroy itself or Callaloo Other Lesbian Love Tales preserve itself To violently destroy another who would be better off dead To violently defend its Parmenides and Empedocles The Fragments in Verse Translation property or not Violence is Justified 1 In legitimate self defense or the defense of other human beings against imminent Impara Rapidamente Il Tedesco physical harm legitimate and imminence both reuire definition 2 In defense of individual rights see above 3 In defense of self respect 4 In construction or maintenance of legitimate institutional authority 5 In obedience to legitimate authority Justice or Tyranny? A Critiue of John Rawls's a Theory of Justice National university publications provided only that there is ethical commonality between the giver of the orders and one who is ordered and that the indications in 1 and 2 apply 6 When a number of categories of self defense can be legitimately invoked The conditions in this section satisfied the better 7 In defense of Wolf and Prejudice The Alaska Princesses Trilogy #2 proportionality 8 In imminent defense of freedom of speechConsider the foregoing a rough sketch of the One Night principles from which Vollmann begins his investigations Also note his The Americas Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook precaution against justifiability When one commits violence it is likely that it will be unjustified than justified Therefore I would advise that if an act seems by the rules of section 6 When is violence unjustified to be classified as evil it should be treated as suspect at best On the other hand if the act seems to obey all the rules for justification listed in section 5 When is violence justified from which my extracts just above it should be treated as somewhat less suspect At its most noble an act which An Invitation to Forever passes all the tests of section five can only be said to tend toward being justified Since these rules necessarily remain vague and their interpretation open to opinion no one test is sure and 516 the categories of self defense invoked the better should be kept in mind For the entire Moral Calculus The Cassini Mission Galactic Conspiracies #2 please see Friend Hadrian again HEREFor the remainder of this review I d like to simply indicate what is contained within the unabridged RURD For despite having been a Vollmanniac for a few years now I had little understanding of what exactly was going on in this most legendary of his books I would like to think that by The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1 providing my own version of a table of contents I might entice a few other folks to seek out by hook or by crook an opportunity to visit this book in its seven volume glory even if only to create one s own abridgment Broadly speaking the book is divided in half Justifications volumes II IV and Studies in Conseuences volumes V and VI The second half is what I am keen on பொன்னியின் செல்வன் தியாக சிகரம் pressing into your hands because it is explicitly the kind of thing which only Vollmann does and wherein one will find several of the Vollmann legends fully written up such as the story of his Gods Little Lamb purchaserescue of an underage Gilgamesh: A New English Version prostitute in Thailand whereas the first half is the kind of historico ethical study which could be taken up by anyone interested in the uestion in generalVolume ITwo introductory Basic Human Needs pieces Three Meditations on Death and Introduction The Days of the NiblungsDefinitions for Lonely Atoms contains six essays On the Aesthetics of Weapons On the Morality of Weapons Where Do My Rights End Where Do My Rights Begin Where Do Your Rights Begin Means and EndsJustifications volumes II through IVIn each of the following chapters Vollmann undertakes to examine when violence may or may not be justified in defense of some I'll Never Tell principle or interest He engages each topic in relation to one or moral actors often historical characters such as Lincoln Trotsky Caesar Napoleon John Brown When is violence justified or unjustified in relation to Section I Self Defense Defense of HonorDefense of ClassDefense of AuthorityDefense of Race and CultureDefense of CreedDefense of War AimsDefense of HomelandDefense of GroundDefense of the EarthDefense of AnimalsDefense of GenderDefense against TraitorsDefense of RevolutionSection II Policy and ChoiceDeterrence Retribution and RevengePunishmentLoyalty Compulsion and FearSadism and ExpediencySadism Masochism and PleasureSection II FateMoral YellownessInevitabilityEvaluationsFour Safeguards 1 Make sure you are justified in as many of the above categories as Christmas By the Book possible 2 Render your cause attractive to as many diverse The Things a Brother Knows participants as The Mermaids Carol Last Chance Romance #5 possible 3 Combine experience and theory 4 Acknowledge context carefullyRemember the VictimStudies in Conseuences These case studies have a uestionable vague or accidental relationship with the first half of RURD Despite what one may expect Vollmann does not employ his Moral Calculus to evaluate the moral actors in these case studies Rather he is seeking to understand what if any moral calculus these moral actors may Daughter of Lust For the Love of Evil #1 possess when do they believe violence justified These twelve hundred The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States pages showcase Vollmann The Journalist listening to his subjects and bringing them to voice he is here not the armchair ethicist whom we saw in the first half of RURD Of all of RURD these two volumes most deserve a second edition Southeast Asia 1991 2000 The Skulls on the Shelves Vollmann attempts to contact and interview Pol Pot background to his novel The Butterfly Boy The Last Generation and Kickin It Cambodian American both investigate Cambodian youth gangs in California When is violence justified A When someone fuck us up I m Especially Interested in Young Girls Thailand The legendary story of Vollmann and his friend Ken Devoted Deadly purchasingrescuing an underage Desired by the Deep Claimed by the Alpha Dolphins #2 prostitute He still owns her even has a receipt from dad But What Are We To Do Burma Bill seeks finds and interviews Khun Sa The Opium King and leader of a Shan separatist movement Yet another million mile road trip piece of geo Curse of the Bologna Sandwich The Melvin Beederman Superhero political history about which I knew nothing Yakuza Lives Japan Are the Yakuza evil Europe 1992 1994 1998Three essays about former Yugoslavia Included here is the incident which cost the lives of two of Bill s journalist friends with he himself escaping by some inexplicable motion of luck Where are All the Pretty Girls The War Never Came Here The Avengers of Kosovo I have never understood what happened in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990 s I am only slightly comforted by the fact the Bill has not been able to make sense of it either Africa 1993 2001 The Jealous Ones Madagascar Special Tax Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of CongoVollmann says that his a motivational masterclass life changing uotes portrait of Africa would have looked very different had he been sent to different countries As it is he was sent to these two countries These two essays may be the Märchen point at which Bill finds himself most deeply in despair They are harrowing stories The Muslim World 1994 2002 Let Me Know if You re Scared Somalia Vollmann accompanies military on missions to disarm militants and to Spaceman of Bohemia provide safe Vegetarian Times Everything Vegan passage for humanitarian aid We are soldiers not Let Him In Let Him Trilogy #1 police The Old Man Malaysia Vollmann tracks down and interviews Hadji Amin leader of PULO Vollmann is the only journalist to have interviewed him Do you know who Hadji Amin or PULO is The Wet Man Is Not Afraid of Rain Ira This is 1998 and the effects of UNUS sanctions would appear to me eyes to be a war crime With Their Hands on Their Hearts Afghanistan This is 2000 We need Americans to have the love respect and understanding of Islam which Bill has Everybody Likes Americans Yemen September 11 2002 No not many like Americans Given Bill s love for the followers of Islam this is a True Lives Gandhi painful essay In fact it is very important to find out why they hate us but we can only do that if we learn to speak and be heard rather than to continue to shout deafen and kill North America 1988 2000 Laughing At All Her Enemies USA Amerindian suicide You Gotta Be A Hundred Percent Right USA The Guardian Angels a citizen s anti crime The Adventures Of Capitol Kitty patrol organization with no money and which Readings in Art History Volume 2 practices citizens arrest Whack Em and Stack Em USA A Trilce portrait of Ted Nugent the only celebrity Bill s interviewed Dey Bring Dem Bloodstain Up Here Jamaica Violence in the Kingston ghettos Murder for Sale USA Reluctantly Bill covers the Columbine massacre and then too the NRA convention is in town an excellent analysis of vultures Guns in the USA Want to know why Vollmann is a gun nut South America 1999 2000 You Never Know Who is Who Columbia Papa s Children ColumbiaThese two essays are almost as harrowing and despairing as the two from AfricaPerception and Irrationality Nightmares Prayers and Ecstasies USA Can the irrationality of religion function as a bulwark against the irrationality of violence Bill investigates voodoo hoodoo and santaria Off the Grid USA Right wingers in Idaho and Montana Some despicable creatures here but are they harming anyone Thick Blood Japan The Untouchables desire eual rightsShall we characterize Vollmann s journalistic work It is like no other His uestions tend to not receive informative answers He interviews whom we can He reports to us what they say Singing an Indian Song A Biography of D'Arcy McNickle American Indian Lives previously in regard to Fathers and Crows His reports are not definitive characterizations of anything Many essays are merely reports of his failures his difficulties This is humble work It is work which has taken him to The Sabbath Every uestion Answered places many of us didn t even know existed It is a collection essential for understanding William T VollmannWho should read Rising Up and Rising Down War mongers and Sour peace niks journalists ethicists and Gone With the Nerd Nerds #4 philosophers CITIZENS Hoodlums Hooligans politicians goodreaders Vollmanniacs and assorted detritus of societies You Bright and Risen Angels Mission Team 52 #4 proofing editing and Unforgiven perhaps later but isn t this enoughAnd as always I d like to thank Friend Brian Dice for making it Mission Her Security possible for me to read the entire seven volumes many years before I thought I d have the opportunity Thank you BrianGarth Risk Hallberg on RURD from his Year in Reading reportI did something crazy this year I blew half of a freelancing check on the complete seven volume edition of William T Vollmann s 3000 Sour page essay on violence Rising Up and Rising Down What can I say It was either that or diapers for my children I remain deeply conflicted about my fascination with Vollmann I know there s an obvious case to be made that he s not a good writer I also think he might be a great one To my surprise given its length RURD is one of his carefully crafted books In its learned monomania it reminds me of Burton s Anatomy of Melancholy To a contemporary audience its style of argumentation may feel bizarre I keep thinking of an archaeologist sitting at a table sweeping a Illuminating Angels Demons The Unauthorized Guide to the Facts Behind Dan Brown's Bestselling Novel pile of sand from one hand to the other waiting for artifacts to emerge in the middle But when Vollmann arrives after many divagations at a How to Win Every Argument The Use and Abuse of Logic point you don t feel like you understand you feel like you ve lived it For this reason I cannot imagine the 700 Step Beast page abridged version making any sense at all And if Violence seems like too broad a subject consider this it s a head fake The essay s really about EverythingOr so it seems to me at We Are Not in This Together Stories The Graywolf Short Fiction Series present I m only two volumes in RURD is destined Adultério probably to join The Book of Disuiet and The Arcades Project and The Making of Americans as one of those books I read and read and never finish But I m grateful to the weird The Taste of War World War Two and the Battle for Food pressure of A Year in Reading for giving me the impetus to start

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Rising Up and Rising Down Free download ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Free download Æ E-book, or Kindle E-pub å William T. Vollmann Which would make it clear when it was acceptable to kill how many could be killed and so forth' Vollmann has consulted hundreds of sources scrutinizing the thinking of philosophers theologians tyrants warlords military strategists activists and pacifists He has visited than a dozen countries and war zones to witness violence firsthand sometimes barely escaping with his life The result is a deeply personal book full of insight that is a major publishing event hailed by Zembla magazine as possibly 'the most ambitious literary project ever'. Death cannot be experienced either by the dead or the living William T Vollmann Rising Up and Rising Down Some Thoughts on Violence Freedom and Urgent MeansWilliam T Vollmann reflected on death as he walked through the Paris catacombs of bones and skulls of those who used to be of soft flesh smiles and tears Some of the skulls came from those who died of natural death such as from ailments and aging and some from accidents Others died of violence the self violence of suicide and the violence of murder Violence can include the slow death of denying the body what it needs to survive or the vicious destruction of the body Intimately entwined with death is the uestion of what happens to the consciousness after death Paris CatacombsWhat is the morality of death When it is natural or accidental there s grief and survival When murder is unjustified such as when a sociopath takes the life of an innocent there is rage Is murder ever justified Rising Up and Rising Down RURD meditates on the justification for violence and murder in the bloody history of the world In a vicious loop that uestion of what happens after death has led to justification for violence as in the case of war and persecution over religious beliefs This is but a subset of the justification for violence to defend our rights as we live on this earth How does violence express itself It freuently expresses itself by means of the destruction of flesh The real aim of violence is to conuer direct instruct mark warn punish injure suppress reduce destroy or obliterate the consciousness within the body In researching on the web for my review of Vollmann s 3298 pages magnum opus I saw news of ongoing clash between Syria s Ba ath regime and the rebels Burma sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims violence during a protest for better pay for teachers in Brazil and gang rape in India Further research into the world s past revealed pictures upon pictures of genocides and executions displaying massive destruction of beautifully evolved bodies and minds The destruction seemed meaningless but must be meaningful to those justifying murder What drove people to commit destruction upon their fellow human beings Why they did it is unclear and complex but one thing we can be certain of is that death simply is final Syrian GenocideCan we defend our rights by nonviolent means Leaders such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King showed us that we can counter violence with nonviolence effectively Gandhi s moral calculus states1 It is better to die helpless and unarmed and as victims ratherthan as tyrants2 The purer the suffering the greater is the progress3 It may be that in the transition state we may make mistakes there may be avoidable suffering These things are preferable tonational emasculation4 We must refuse to wait for the wrong to be righted till thewrong doer has been roused to a sense of his iniuity5 One must scrupulously avoid the temptation of a desire for resultsNon violence resistance assumed the humanity in the opposition It also asked for the ultimate sacrifice of the self if needed What if the opposition lacked that empathetic bridge that would stop the violence if destruction and sacrifice were massive What if the moral was to protect one and one s own at all cost The ultimate sacrifice had to be for something Vollmann pointed out that such Gandhian ideal can lead to senseless martyrdom If violence against nonviolence does not stop then counter violence is justified Birmingham Alabama 1963How do we defend our rights with counter violence We defend by using weapons In warfare we torture to get what we want out of our enemies We maintain our power through fear All this for the preservation of the state Guns swords knives and vaginal anal and oral pear things that are of hideous cruelty are aestheticized To aestheticize is to distance hence to reclaimWe can make visual and emotional associations removed from murderousness We can touch the vaginal pear without employing itThere s the amoral fascination of engineering for any purpose Weapons become beautiful in the power it guarantees Weapons are functional Office WeaponsMentally visiting history and current events and revisiting the chaos of the war torn areas where he worked as a journalist Vollmann tried to make sense of man s justification for murder The first half of RURD analyzed the actions of contemporary and historical figures such as Trotsky John Brown Gandhi and militant environmentalists The seven volumes included a moral calculus that Vollmann formed from the causes the actions and the effects of these events With the moral calculus he considered the justifications for violence Each event was laid out with details of the moral culture and environment the actors were in some from personal interviews With these thought experiments the reader was invited to cross the empathetic bridge see through the actors eyes and imagine the justification for violence in such an environment Vollmann gave us local influences and plenty of details to visualize people objects and events as they were When is violence justified For us lonely atoms and our social contract with other lonely atoms we start with Justified Choices of the Self with the empath s Golden Rule Do unto others not only as you would be done by but also as they would be done by In the case of any variance do the generous thing Whether or not to violently defend itself against violence Whether or not to violently defend someone else from violenceWhether or not to destroy itselfWhether or not to help a weaker self destroy itself to save it from a worse fateThis caveat of the Golden Rule is assumed throughout RURD The Golden Rule is justified only when applied to acts which all parties affected agree will contribute to their conception of goodness or when the dissenting party is a bona fide dependent of the moral actor Otherwise it easily becomes the Zealot s Golden Rule see Hadrian s List of Moral Calculus Like the flaw of Gandhi assuming that non violence and good will prevail over evil Plato s ideal city state assumed that a just governance will always bring harmony to its citizens His utopia will have most of the citizens slaves to the state The elite Guardian class will make most of the decisions for the child class The reality of events was like Machiavelli s the end justifying the means which was the reverse of Gandhi s moral calculus One must scrupulously avoid the temptation of a desire for results In the thought experiment of the moral calculus the end did justify the mean depending on whether the danger to self or others was imminent History have shown that human nature have sown Machiavellis than Gandhis and justification for violence can come from the irrationality of circular reasoning In the end the lonely atom s social contract with other lonely atoms is a fine balance of Gandhian morality Plato s power to the state and Machiavellian self preservationVolumes II IV is devoted to the justifications using historical and contemporary events In Vollmann s moral calculus the simplest justification for violence is suicide and euthanasia which is the destruction of the self and assisting others in the destruction of the self since the lonely atom is free to make the personal choice of whether to self destruct or not An offshoot of this consenting adults are free to act as they desire such as in sadism and masochism By that Armin Meiwes should go free since it s consensual Weiwes is a cannibal and his victim wanted to be eaten Other justifications for violence are complexDefense of Honor Innerouter honor comparison of individual family and group Examples Violence against the dishonor of rape which sadly includes violence against the victim for being raped the Charge of the Light Brigade Sun tzu executes a concubine who embarrasses him Joan of Arc Napoleon DE Abbot s honor battles in an American reform school Soviet infantry urged onward at gunpoint Chairman Mao s doctor confesses his own dishonorDefense of Monuments Saddam Hussein s prevalent image in IraDefense of Class Karl Marx and ants nomadic vs agrarian haves vs have nots status according to sex birth money race etc violence in implementing Communism Mao Trotsky Stalin Communism s ideal of saving the working class ended up being tyranny and mass murder Defense of Authority Lincoln and the secession of the South Lincoln was a very consistent man and I believe that I do him no injustice in simplifying his position as follows The wrong of slavery must not be extended which slaveholders took as a threat to starve them out its abolition would delight him but ending bondage must take second place to union and constitutionality In short Lincoln has to consider ending slavery vs holding the country togetherDefense of Race and Culture Comparison of the rising up of John Brown and Martin Luther King mostly John Brown s actions at Harpers Ferry I therefore consider largely admirable if not immediately effective although Martin Luther King at Selma was nobler and effective and Gandhi after Amritsar was noblest of all His actions at Pottawatomie sicken me While John Brown s violent stand against slavery was admirable he broke the caveat to the Golden rule and became a zealot Defense of Creed Religion the Constitution among others Defense of creed is such a very dangerous justification for violence because faith by way of proving itself so often refuses to descend to the level of logical prove This leaves faith s end and means unsusceptible to outside judgmentFaith euals extremism Hence Christ Gandhi Joan Napoleon Cortes Lenin Hitler Defense of War Aims Like defense of creed defense of war aims becomes a slippery slope that threatens to veer toward being unjustified as enemies are either given mercy or killed as friends or foes are determined As example WTV gave the complicated machinations of Julius Caesar his peers and successors Caesar s war crackles meaninglessly on until Marc Antony s dead Cleopatra s dead Lepidus is crushed and banished Pompey s last son s broken the Republic s dead in word and deed Defense of Homeland Main example is against the Nazis Interesting uotes from varying sources to justify violent defense against foreign aggression Defense against imminent aggression is easier to determine than proactive defense The Gandhi uote of nonviolence is very interesting but will lead to massive slaughter if a psychopath like Hitler decided to decimate all IndiansDefense of Ground Unlike defense of homeland defense of ground is where you stand and not necessarily at your homeland War is wherever you make it Most interesting is Cortes vs the Aztecs The Spaniards came to the new land Bernard D az to take a look at the great Montezuma in fact to earn our livelihoodfortunesDefense of the Earth WTV doesn t approve of some tactics by militant environmentalists such as tree spiking that can harm people His recommendation is to establish Detection Suads to establish scientific imminence then Education Suads to educate In case of unclear scientific imminence Vollmann would rather act locally revocably nonviolently and alone making intimately limited moral choiceswatch the world go to hell than trust somebody else s techno moral calculus to sentence anybody to death and damnationDefense of Animals WTV thinks human takes priority over animals but does not condone animal suffering needlessly He defends medical research and other research to better human livesDefense of Gender Female circumcision WTV refused to use the word mutilation was considered with defense of race and culture In particular the Somali Aman s experience was used as an example of how culture can have the Somali people regard the circumcision as an important rite of passage instead of as victimization One reason why in Rising Up and Rising Down I have been so careful to give white separatists and others of that ilk than may seem to be their due is because as stated for defense of race and culture diversity is best served by local homogeneity and global heterogeneity Defense Against Traitors Violent defense against traitors is justified against a deliberate or accidental agent of danger in other words as imminent defense and Against a deliberate agent of danger as a personal punitive or didactic act Defense of Revolution Liberty without euality would bring a society into a paradise of the Social Darwinists in which the able rich would be free to grow richer while the impoverished would be free to starve Euality without liberty would consist for its part in universal slavery Exponents of those two respective hells would be I suppose Caligula and Pol Pot Liberty must balance euality identify with it eual it Other justifications for violence i Deterrence Retribution Revenge ii Punishment iii Loyalty Compulsion and Fear iv Sadism and Expediency v Sadism Masochism and Pleasure vi Moral Yellowness vii Inevitability Some of these are self explanatory since they re common human actions during time of strife to justify violence In Sadism and Expediency the torturer s pleasure and satisfaction is mixed with loyalty revenge deterrence and other justifications An example of sadism and expediency is couched in the 1740 Louisiana law In case any person shall willfully cut out the tongue put out an eye or cruelly scald burn or deprive any slave of a limb or member or shall inflict any cruel punishment other than whipping or beating or confining or imprisoning such a slave every such person shallforfeit the sum of one hundred pounds current money Its relation the pleasure of SM is a well known cultural facet thanks to the Maruis de Sade but his SM included rape and compulsion which are unjustified Moral Yellowness the guy can t help himself because he s evil and Inevitability it can t be avoided are in Vollmann s eyes always unjustified The second half of RURD the thick volumes V to VI is of most interest to me since it reveals Vollmann s talent for building empathetic bridges wherever he is traveling as far away as southeast Asia to the fringe societies within the US A good precursor read to his mature journalist s point of view is An Afghanistan Picture Show that showed an idealistic young man who wants to help the worldVictims of the Khmer RougeSoutheast Asia The aim of the Khmer Rouge was almost sublime They had a slogan When there is rice there is everything In the end they wanted there to be nothing but rice So survivors told me We get vignettes of the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot through the eyes of the people piecing reality through their filtered impressions distorted or not under a government s rigorous self sufficiency program that led to famine and cruelty As WTV interviewed the Cambodians still under the Khmer Rouge red we get interesting opinions on whether they prefer the Rouge or the Khmer Sar white the US backed government that was overthrown by the Rouge The citizens revealed that both forcibly take from them but the reds set only one price The whites were always taking No matter how much you gave them they needed From the Cambodia killing fields Vollmann traveled to the gangs of Long Beach California The well behaved Cambodian children controlled under a long tradition of respect for their parents find themselves losing respect for them Their parents now looking like backward peasants who can t speak English powerless to protect them from the Hispanic or black gang members or bullies They empower as Asian gang members like their tormentorsOther stories in this region has Vollmann and a photographer in Bangkok bumbling around trying to buy young prostitutes to rescue them for release to a shelter A large number of the prostitutes were from impoverished tribes and Burma some underaged and some in sexual slavery Whenever a family needs money a girl is sold into sexual trade sometimes for things as unnecessary as electronic goods It became a lost cause As Vollmann told his friend Let s drop itBecause we re not missionary The most thought provoking was in the Burmese jungle following the Opium King Khun Sa s den Vollmann pondered on the DEA s anti drug pressure affecting the impoverished people who rely on the trade and thereby promoting drug lords to hero status My friendcompared Khun Sa with the tobacco company RJ Reynolds Both had to make a livingsell addictive poisonsBut here is the differenceExecutives at RJRhave other jobs they could take and other things they could sellThe Opium King s minions do not They cannot go anywhere else nor should they be reuired to leave their homeland And to stay where they are they must have guns Khan Sa had a point If there were addictsit s not my responsibility it s the fault of the DEA If you want to know how heroin comes from Shan State to the US don t ask me ask the DEAIf I grow opium and am responsible for it then the American President and the Thai Prime Minister must be responsible too If you have to blame anyone for criminality then President Bush might be liableThe section on the Yakuza was not as amazing as their myth had me believe They re not much than an organized gang composed of society s outcasts who need protection and belonging Mr Suzuki said that the Yakuza is a negative service industrywhen other people can t solve a problem we do Europe Vollmann moved through the Republic of Croatia to Kosovo The amazing thing about this three cornered war as I keep saying was that every possible combination of alliance and hatred existed At the beginning Serbs were fighting Croats and Muslims Then Croats were fighting Muslims and Serbs Then Muslims had begun to fight Muslims in Bihac and throughout Bosnia the HVO the Croatian Defense Organization was forming a unified command of Croats and Muslims Word count maxed please continue to Review of Rising Up and Rising Down The Mermaids Carol Last Chance Romance #5 philosophers theologians tyrants warlords military strategists activists and Daughter of 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AS WE GO UP WE GO DOWN This will be longEXPOSITION Rising Up and Rising Down had sat on my Vollmann shelf four plus feet in length and out of room for six months a gap of black grinning sickeningly at me like missing teeth in a bully s smile You re not up to this it taunted And indeed I wasn t I had made that fatal error of relegating it to aesthetic rather than artistic value Only now 3298 pages later do I realize what a disservice no a dishonor I did it by putting it off You deserved better WTVAPOLOGIAIn the wake of my predecessors and betters Nathan Hadrian Mark Sacha Brian Dice etc I have to acknowledge that I cannot add anything to the meritorious dissection of this rarest of undertakings The attempt to reify violence and create a moral calculus demanded that WTV call upon disciplines than I can even name Thus for the truly helpful review I recommend you search these far erudite readers encomiums These lickable and lovable brains have done us all an invaluable service in their painstaking analyses and truly added to the conversation that RURD should engender I can only fall back into my natural disposition and share with you my personal testimony and experience AN OBSERVATIONIt s funny that we Vollmanists refer to Rising Up and Rising Down as RURD given his stated dislike of acronyms cf PULOPLO BWTFAYGTDIALT but what the fuck are you going to do it s a long title EXPOSITION CONTINUEDSo why now It was a combination of things First and foremost Friend RB to whom I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude uestioned why I had owned it for so long and still it sat a legitimate uestion if ever there were Secondly seeing ATJG s progress in combination with the above started to make me feel guilty thank you as well ATJG Why was I sitting on this highly sought collection when so many would give their eyeteeth for a chance just to read it much less own it And so it goes Late two Friday nightSaturday mornings ago I read the first few pages and reappeared here 18 days later My entire self has been given over to RURD and now I feel a sense of listlessness What am I to do now that I can t unsee what WTV made so brilliantly clear to me AN ASIDEI ve never called WTV by his Christian name in any of my previous dozen or so reviews of his books I don t know the man have unfortunately never met him and accordingly didn t feel we were on a first name basis with one another I do now After this I reserve the right to call our beloved author by his common name as he holds absolutely nothing back and I feel welcomed into his succor and embrace So thank you Bill WHAT MAKES A MAN START FIRES So what does it all mean In a word everything I ve never had so transformative a reading experience in my life never been so wholly captured by a book s thrust I stand agape and prostrate now that I m finished When is violence justified Why not count sand at the beach The uninitiated need understand RURD attempts to synthesize its impossible task from every possible angle At 3300 pages it s too brief It could benefit by doubling its size all the room for Vollmann to expand and expound his truly guileless endeavor The first four Volumes deal in theoreticals Justifications the last two in case studies Conseuences Which you prefer will depend on your personal taste This truly is an embarrassment of riches a veritable Choose Your Own Vollmann as all of his many styles make appearances If you re higher minded than I you ll revel in his analysis of say Robespierre I ll be at the salad bar with the whores and the White separatists AN ASIDE CONTINUEDWe Vollmannites often marvel at how genuine a human being he is RURD is the last word on that subject His endless self effacement and acknowledge of both his project and his own shortcomings are the standard bearer for people everywhere of how to comport yourself with dignity Conversely the dignity that he affords others oftentimes people who have never before been its recipients is enough to bring tearsWHICH REMINDS MEI ve never cried reading a book I don t know if I ve dispossessed some essential humane component or just that the medium doesn t lend itself to that particular activity for me That said the photo essay of the children in Irai hospitals the girl whose stare so like my daughters will forever haunt me and the essay regarding Francis in Bosnia made my eyes well up I do not doubt that many of you will find similar experiences within It is good that we be reminded of this all too real sufferingAN ASIDE TERMINUSI hazard a guess informed by our common meeting ground that we Vollmanniks live lives far different than those covered in the Conseuences How strange then to find one essay take place less than 15 minutes from my house Try as we might to ensconce ourselves behind our many battlements RURD lives everywhere as it is the essence of violence EPILOGUE SANGUINE MARGINALIA Blood so much blood rising up and down like a river in the rainy season This new Season of Blood To read it as uick as I did reuired that I devoted myself fully to it I put off work family friends and here s the important bit sleep I would stay up well after the family had gone off to bed the sun lightening the horizon as I smoked and devoured only to wake up again far too soon I sacrificed any semblance of a sleep pattern just to cram in a few pages a couple chapters RURD had ensnared me The toll would be paidOn the night of the 14th day of reading having had a maximum of 4 hours rest for too many nights in a row I rolled out of my bed so dead asleep that I smashed my face open on the nightstand I don t exaggerate in saying that blood was gushing out of my nose faster than I could wipe it away so much so that it dyed the front of my t shirt After stuffing cotton ball after cotton ball they soaked through uickly up my nostrils I finally stopped the bleeding after a little than an hour the same time it took for the handful of aspirin Aleve and ibuprofen to break up the symphonic gangbang of a headache I went out through the kitchen doors to smoke and of course grabbed Volume V of RURD on my way to the backyard nostrils fully packed with cottonAfter reading for 20 minutes or so I checked the status of my staunching and all seemed good I lit another cigarette and resumed my reading A few minutes in one purpled diamond of blood fell from me and landed towards the margin of the page Had this happened in Volume I maybe even II I would have been crestfallen my precious signed and caricatured RURD was irrevocably unimpeachably not near perfect Oh no Damn this vale of tearsAs it were I simply raised the page I was on to prevent further saturation and watched mesmerized as the bloodflower blossomed into an idiosyncratic mark of beauty After all of my voyeurism of other s suffering from my privileged remove it seemed a small price to pay RURD earned it and I did in turn Blood attracts blood seeking its own level as it rushes like a wave through the many scapes of the world I must remember to un clot my senses long enough to take in the savage beauty of existence before I go under ever Los Molinos De Dios put himself in harms way He has been burned by skinheads nearly frozen to death on the Arctic tundra and almost blown to Our Children Can Soar A Celebration of Rosa Barack and the Pioneers of Change pieces by a mine in Bosnia which killed two of his friends The history of the world is a history of violence Vollmann looks at violence through the Spanked by the Boss prism of ethics and honestly addresses both its value and waste Rising Up Rising Down is Vollmann's meditation on the age old conundrum when is violence justified Vollmann writes 'My own aim in beginning this book was to create a simple and 名探偵コナン 19 practical moral calculus. AS WE GO UP WE GO DOWN This will be longEXPOSITION Rising Up and Rising Down had sat on my Vollmann shelf four Le phénomène humain plus feet in length and out of room for six months a gap of black grinning sickeningly at me like missing teeth in a bully s smile You re not up to this it taunted And indeed I wasn t I had made that fatal error of relegating it to aesthetic rather than artistic value Only now 3298 סיפור חרבת חזעה pages later do I realize what a disservice no a dishonor I did it by Call of the Mall The Geography of Shopping putting it off You deserved better WTVAPOLOGIAIn the wake of my Trying to Be a Person predecessors and betters Nathan Hadrian Mark Sacha Brian Dice etc I have to acknowledge that I cannot add anything to the meritorious dissection of this rarest of undertakings The attempt to reify violence and create a moral calculus demanded that WTV call upon disciplines than I can even name Thus for the truly helpful review I recommend you search these far erudite readers encomiums These lickable and lovable brains have done us all an invaluable service in their Liebesverrat Die Treulosen in der Literatur painstaking analyses and truly added to the conversation that RURD should engender I can only fall back into my natural disposition and share with you my Pregnant in the Lair of the Gargoyles personal testimony and experience AN OBSERVATIONIt s funny that we Vollmanists refer to Rising Up and Rising Down as RURD given his stated dislike of acronyms cf PULOPLO BWTFAYGTDIALT but what the fuck are you going to do it s a long title EXPOSITION CONTINUEDSo why now It was a combination of things First and foremost Friend RB to whom I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude uestioned why I had owned it for so long and still it sat a legitimate uestion if ever there were Secondly seeing ATJG s Kept by the Minotaur Herd Taken by the Minotaur Herd #2 progress in combination with the above started to make me feel guilty thank you as well ATJG Why was I 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