Phil Rockstroh

Phil Rockstroh

Phil Rockstroh is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living, now, in Munich, Germany. Visit him at FaceBook.

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Monday, October 16, 2017
2 or 3 Things I Know About Late-Stage Capitalism
A number of recent, press articles, including an over 8000 word feature piece in the New York Times have asked, to quote the The NYT’s headline, “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?” Although the question was proffered, the reporters and editors responsible for...
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Friday, December 20, 2013
Walking in an Anthropocene Wonderland
According to a recent, exhaustive study commissioned by the US Department of Energy and headed by a scientific team from the U.S. navy, by the summer of 2015, the Arctic Ocean could be bereft of ice, a phenomenon that will engender devastating consequences for the earth's environment and every living creature on the planet.
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Fear In A Handful Of Dust: The Sacred Vehemence Of Imagination In A Soulless Age
From the picture window of our family's eighth floor apartment, at the intersection of 23rd Street and Avenue C, we have a view of the inhuman currents of the East River and the dehumanizing, vehicular currents of the FDR expressway.
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Saturday, June 01, 2013
The United States of Whatever: Ecocide and the Soul of a Nation
The reality of and the outward toll inflicted by greenhouse gas engendered Climate Change is clearly evident (to all but the corrupt and devoutly ignorant) e.g. increasingly destructive and deadly tornadoes and hurricanes, destruction of marine life, severe droughts and rapacious wild fires—landscapes of death, scattered debris and shattered lives.
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Within The National (In)Security State: Fear as a Constant Companion
“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” ―Søren Kierkegaard
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Friday, April 05, 2013
Tyranny of the Reasonable: Popular Complacency in an Era of Economic Exploitation and Perpetual War
Throughout the course of human affairs, scheming elitists -- let's call them the Plundering Class -- have devoted their days conceiving strategies and executing agendas that serve to enrich the fortunes of a ruthless few (namely themselves) by an exploitation of the harried and hapless multitudes. They scheme, hire silver tongued flacks and muster soldiers to do their biding, while, all too often, the rest of us squander the fleeting days of our finite lives in their service. They plot while we hope.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Fortune's Fools: Individual Calling at the Cusp of Ecological Catastrophe
"Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself." – Miles Davis
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Friday, February 08, 2013
Empire Of Panic And Ephemera: Applying Rigorous Imagination To America's Paranoid Style
"Handsomely equipped to fail, I went out into the world.” ― John Fowles, from The Magus In the consumer paradigm, one is induced to exist by Eric Hoffer's dictum: "You can never get enough of what you really don't need." Wherein: The individual exists in a state of perpetual adolescence, emotionally oscillating between life lived as a bliss ninny and evincing chronic dissatisfaction.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
The Great Dismal: How to Arrive Singing in a World Undone
"Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.” – Albert Camus: The repercussions of our acts—the constructs we create—endure well past the dissolution of our convictions and desires. Our actions exist as living architecture that surrounds the breathing moment. Future generations will dwell in the world we erect, thought by thought, deed by deed.
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Friday, January 04, 2013
Late Stage Capitalism And The Shame Haunted Life: You Can't Kill Trauma With A Gun
"Memory believes before knowing remembers." -- William Faulkner
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