This is a great read from Michael Lovelock on Aeon. His article, “The Makeover Trap“, sets out to explore the dynamics of the makeover in contemporary Western culture. His thesis is that this culture, whose extent of analysis stops at the individual consumer, sets up our societies for a rude awakening: Young people in the […]Read More Find Yourself
This past Saturday, April 22nd, thousands gathered in their cities to march for Science. They (myself included, full disclosure) see the buffoons in the current government who, among other things, believe climate change a Chinese plot, aim to bleed dry the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute for Health, and suspect vaccinations. All good reasons to […]Read More Don’t March Just For Science
Several weeks ago, Lady Gaga performed at the Superbowl halftime. Left-wing commentators, still processing the Trump presidency, thought – or hoped rather – that she would make some political statement during the show. She did not because she didn’t need to. The person who Lady Gaga is, the entire experience of her, carries political depths that need […]Read More The Gaga Experience
I never thought I would see the day when the New York Times prints an article using Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle as a critical tool. This book, for those not in the know, is a thin manifesto of 220 theses that expose and condemn the pernicious effect of mass media on the freedom of […]Read More Dispatches from Pax Trumpiana: III
Brexit. Trump. Why are things the way they are? How did it come to this? A reply on Reddit caught my eye, and I think it deserves to be reproduced in full. u/Y3808 on “What does the rise of the alt-right signal about the current and future state of society?” The same thing that the […]Read More Why are Things the Way they Are?
News popped over the Zuck Wire that “computer security experts” are encouraging Hillary Clinton to demand a recount. Apparently, they claim evidence points to Russian malfeasance and tampering with electronic voting machines that swung votes away from Clinton and to Trump in key states like Wisconsin and Michigan. Clinton lost those two states by small margins. […]Read More Dispatches from America Trumpiana, I: A Profile in Courage for Clinton?
A poem, to commemorate our 2016 Election: Trump did not destroy America Bush father and son did. Reagan, blasting Willie Norton, did. Nixon… you what the fuck he did. And you know as hell these evil men will be rehabilitated their reputations restored After the ascent of the Teflon Don. This must not happen Do […]Read More Donald Trump Did Not Destroy America
My friend Larisa over at Austere Magazine pens a great read on how to tune out the barrage of news and content and shouting matches that fill up the modern discourse in 2016. The background context to this piece is the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival, which she and I both attended. The Festival’s panels covered […]Read More
If it took you this long to be shocked and disgusted by Trump – the man who called Mexicans rapists, seeks to outlaw Islam in the United States, cheats anyone who crosses his path, who parades his misogyny for the world to see – wake up. If you will tolerate Trump’s policies, as long as they […]Read More Fear and Loathing with Thirty Days to Go
You open the article to gain insight into the nebulous world of political consultants. Reading it feels like a Lonestar. The taste of money, the slight fizzing and bubbling desperation… it’s what you expect from a simple beer and an American political consultant class. You arrive at the last paragraph. Now, instead of the warmth […]Read More Fear and Loathing on the Web 2.0 Campaign Trail