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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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Resolutions / Vorsätze

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

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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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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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Steven Pinker and How Communication Relates to Revolution

Why infinite regress in our mutual knowledge about what we’re talking about is good for us some of the time, but not always so.

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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.

Nineteen Eighty-Four at LibraryThing

Airstrip One

Could a new, virulent brand of totalitarianism have already emerged in the West? And how will we fare with the 44th President of the United States?