Posted by: glue | June 18, 2008

Regioning Trouble

Trouble is an attractor forming Region (chora), as a relationship with an egent (discovering my egency, my electrate identity). Which one calls (for example, a Superfund site)? It started way back, a long time before me. The approach of arsenic toward the acquifer supplying the drinking water for my community affects not just me: it is the Plague. Event and its reach (it calls).  It is happening (a certain temporality).

What does wisdom advise (to collect and organize a wisdom for now is our purpose, pedagogy for the distributed sage)? In the bygone one way lived hidden, and became a target of Plutarch’s curse: There is in truth but one penalty for those who have lived ill: obscurity, oblivion, and utter effacement, which carries them off from Lethe to the joyless river and plunges them into a bottomless and yawning ocean, an ocean that sucks into one abyss all failure to serve or to take action and all that is inglorious and unknown (Plutarch, Moralia).

the production of pine tar

One begins egency as the addressee of a disaster (and its history).


  1. Heidegger called it Ereignis (Event, Enownment, Belonging-to-me). Who could do without pine tar? Any decision I make today simply rides the wake of this history.

    From the beginning, Britain’s colonies in North American were encouraged to produce pine tar and pitch, and to collect gum from pine trees for later shipment to England. These fledgling industries in New England and the Carolinas were encouraged by the Bounty Act of 1705. At that time England had been cut off from its Scandinavian supplies by Russia’s invasion of Sweden-Finland. ” By 1725 four fifths of the tar and pitch used in England came from the American colonies…”4 This supply remained constant until the American Revolution in 1776, when England was again forced to trade with the Dutch for Scandinavian products. As the population of the United States grew and moved west, forests were cleared. The southern states began to monopolize the production, because of the type of trees in this reagon. By 1850 most of the U.S. production of tar and pitch was in North and South Carolina. As the 19th Century progressed the tar, pitch, and turpentine manufacturing spread south and west into the states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida. By 1900, rosin and turpentine were the dominant products, and the states of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama were the three major producers.”

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