Friday, June 8, 2007

The End of Western Civilization is Near

I'm amazed I'm going to blog on this, it is disgusting by nature. It is a sign of the dysfunctional nature of our present justice system that the Paris Hilton circus has devolved into utter chaos. What started out as a farce has actually developed into a real story involving the exposure of the hollow, corrupt , and subjective nature of our justice system. The administrative laws and bureaucracies are so convoluted that the system is starting to devour itself. Historical perspective on the consequences of excessive bureaucratic legal complexity for society can be found in the hallowed primary sources of antiquity:

"And now bills were passed, not only for national objects but for individual cases, and laws were most numerous when the commonwealth was most corrupt." - Tacitus

The more laws and regulations that are imposed upon society allows for the legal system to be increasingly tailored to individual circumstances, which increases the arbitrary power of corrupt bureaucracies motivated in self-preservation that causes stasis in society. The manipulation of the legal system for specific individual cases is a symptom of immense corruption. Strangely enough, this is the most significant and substantial moment in this shallow twits (Paris Hilton) life - it might actually cause increased reflection on the system as a whole. Surprisingly, this fiasco has done as much to highlight the problems of wealth, race, and the subjective application of the law in terms of the justice system as anything else in recent memory - this is scary in it's own way given the ridiculous nature of the personalities involved. I will take solace in the fact that as the system becomes more and more dysfunctional, the social structure will be made more susceptible to my future horde of anarchists and the impending revolutionary struggle to cleanse the system of it's filth. Eventually, a new order must be imposed upon this decaying empire. I'm embarrassed to have felt compelled to blog on this.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Thesis Approved!

The Grad School formatting police just sent word that my thesis has been approved as no corrections were needed. Naturally, somebody just published an article in a prominent journal this week that reinforced an important yet obscure aspect of my thesis (the most original part I had). Oh well, it feels very good to be done with this portion of my academic career. I might even change the course of my study quite a bit over the next two years. I could emphasize more Classical Archaeology and Egyptology in order to set myself apart in the future job market. It will also get me on a funding track to explore Mediterranean digsites. Good day all - Drink and Be Merry!