Genkai no Shiko

MIYADAI, Shinji & KITADA, Akihiro, Genkai no Shiko (Thinking on the Edge, Tokyo : Sofusha, 2005)

(1) A manifesto of ironists, NOT summarized as below---

A spectre is haunting laundry business -- the spectre of ironism. All the powers of old laundry business have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre...

Where is the laundry in opposition that has not been decried as ironistic by its opponents in power? Where is the opposition laundry that has not hurled back the branding reproach of ironism, against the more advanced opposition laundries, as well as against its reactionary adversaries?

Two things result from this fact:

I. Ironism is already acknowledged by all laundry business powers to be itself a power.

II. It is high time that ironists should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the spectre of ironism with a manifesto of the ironists itself...

Ironists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing business hierarchies. Let the ruling laundries tremble at a ironist revolution. Ironists have nothing to lose but their irons. They have a world to win.

Ironists of all countries, unite!

―based on The Communist Manifesto by K. Marx and F. Engels (1848), translated by S. Moore (1888).

(2) Two leading Japanese sociologists discuss, from the IRONISTIC point of view, over the possibility of making individuals autonomous in the post-modern world.