In 101 hours, the very first election results will come in. To pass the time, I am preparing my next Columbia lecture. As in my first lecture on Marx, I shall begin by invoking the world of Jane Austen. From there, I shall move on to the work of the historian of 18th century England Lewis Namier, then review the ethnological system of recording kinship structures of "primitive" peoples, quote a pregnant and surprising observation of Edwin Wilmsen, segue into a discussion of the property rights of indigenous peoples, and wind up this first part of the lecture with a discussion of the incompatibility of Political Economy and the Ethnographic conceptualization of of prehistoric human groups, all in the service of explicating Wilmsen's ideological critique of the field of Anthropology. A seamless chain of argument.
I love doing this sort of thing much more than I like troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries.