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Basically, There Are Two Kinds of Hillary Haters

Welcome to the Paranoid Circle of Delusions and the Deplorable Steam Train.

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It Feels Like It’s About Time to Say Goodbye to the Concept of “Comment Sections” for Good

Three reasons to axe “comment sections” from the internet forever.

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A Band of Brothers and Sisters

“The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”

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Buffet Democracy: Take What Pleases the Powerful, Throw Out the Rest with the Trash

Seriously, you needn’t look any further than this.

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Resolutions / Vorsätze

Für das Jahrzehnt. Nichts für Zaghafte. / For the Decade. Not for the faint-of-heart.

Das Vierte

Transparenzgesetz: Große Mehrheit im Parlament für »Staats-Bierdeckelreform«

Apropos GEZ, GEMA, LSR, Telekommunikationsgesetz, Hartz etc. etc.

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Where @astefanowitsch Gets It Right (Again), or: The Logic of Dominant Discourse

The discourse about power within every discourse about gender is moved squarely into the dominant discourse’s blind spot by the latter’s own operational logic.

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Going Into Politics? You Might Want to Rethink that Undead Dreadlord of Yours

Except, of course, you’re on a Pirate ticket: then it’s not only okay, but expected.

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What If

“It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.”

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Battlezone Democracy

When Financial Markets and Political Leaders duke it out like Gojira and King Gidora, no wonder Democracy looks like Tokyo in a monster movie.

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Der diskrete Charme des Totalitären

“Extremism is so easy. You’ve got your position, and that’s it. It doesn’t take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right, you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.” —Clint Eastwood

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Verschwörungstheorien sind das Opium des Volkes (It’s Systemic, Stupid!)

Unsere globalen Misere ist ebenso systemisch bedingt wie unsere sich vierjährlich offenbarende Unfähigkeit, sie im verfügbaren demokratischen Prozeß zu lösen.

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A Pound of Flash

Luckily, no civilized government we know of would be stupid enough to ever go and try such a thing!

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Wait, Does Anyone Really Think Milton Friedman Would Approve of This Utter Wreckage?

If we don’t wake up from the pipe dreams of ”Rational Expectations” and “Efficient Markets,” we can all kiss our collective ass goodbye.

London Riots 2011

The Arab Spring, the Israeli Summer, and the Fall of the Western World

What’s been happening in London over the last few days, and has been or will be happening in other places, I’m sure the reasons are too much care, too much education, and not enough security cameras.

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On Gay Marriage: Maggie Gallagher Meets St. Peter

And people always ask me why I’m pro-Second Amendment.

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Stephen Fry at the Intelligence Squared Debate

“The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese. And that, in erotic terms, is the Catholic church in a nutshell.”

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson


Logorama, Bibendum, William Gibson: a quotation from my doctoral thesis on iconic brands, politics, and the common roots of democracy and modes of production.

Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day. What a Day!

How we got our country back: Meet Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. America is coming to their senses, and I hope Israel will join in too.

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Why Maggie Can Do What Cole Cannot

Why are Juan Cole’s and my friend Maggie’s statements on Israel’s operations in Gaza so close and yet so different? Look less at the what, but at the how.