[Marxism] Henry Miller: 'The Inhuman Ones' (yay Honduras!)

Max Clark poeticaleconomy at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 24 13:23:31 MDT 2009

An excerpt from Henry Miller:

'Once I thought to be human was the highest aim a man could have, but I see now that it was meant to destroy me. Today I am proud to say that I am inhuman, that I belong not to men and governments, that I have nothing to do with creeds and principles. I have nothing to do with the creaking machinery of humanity -- I belong to the earth! I say that lying on my pillow and I can feel the horns sprouting from my temples. I can see about me all those cracked forebears of mine dancing around the bed, consoling me, egging me on, lashing me with their serpent tongues, grinning and leering at me with their skulking skulls. I am inhuman! I say it with a mad, hallucinated grin, and I will keep on saying it though it rains crocodiles.'

Miller had a brief run in with the Socialist Party as a student. I cannot help but empathize with his glamorization of states approaching mental illness although it betrays nothing of the suffering and oppression experienced by those clinically incarcerated, diagnosed, and medicated on anti-psychotics. That, and his virulent sexism and Lebensphilosophie-type racism, aside, he is an uber-tremendous author. I take his critique of "humanism" as the most lucid example of the "anti-humanism" genre available. Celebrating the inhuman in human society is equivalent to being oriented on a different humanity, on the "other" humanity, or repressed and dehumanized sectors of the world, i.e. the proletariat (including the lumpen-), as harbinger of a future hegemony.

(yay Honduras!! [perhaps a "becoming-human" event?)

--Max Clark


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