June 9, 2023

Re-enchanted Empire — The Figure Of Pan In Edwardian Fiction, Part 1 (Roger Green)

In my previous post, I explored the distinction between the state of exception and Maurice Blanchot’s opening remarks from The Writing of the Disaster. I ended pondering some of Blanchot’s remarks on the disaster and forgetfulness with respect to Pan and “panic.” In this post, I want to more explicitly focus on some literary representations […]

Political Filters And The Challenge Of Multivariate Political Analysis (Jonathan Cole)

Political reality is multivariate, although you would never know it based on news reporting, political commentary and the rhetoric of politicians and activists alike. This is because we all, consciously or unconsciously, refract the multivariate political reality we live, or more often observe, through political filters. These filters perform the functional task of reducing complex […]

Identity Politics And Ressentiment, Part 2 (Camila Bassi)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Privilege Production of Impasse – The case of the Deadlock Between Radical Feminists and Trans Activists In February 2015, a letter titled “We cannot allow censorship and silencing of individuals” was published in The Guardian, signed by several academics […]

Identity Politics And Ressentiment, Part 1 (Camila Bassi)

“The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.” – Karl Marx “the late modern liberal subject quite literally seethes with ressentiment.” – Wendy Brown The following is the first of a two-part series. Prologue At the UK-based National Campaign Against Fees And Cuts (NCAFC) annual conference, […]

A Nation Of True Believers (Robert Wright)

After the Great War, the Great Depression, and the Holocaust, many thinkers tried to figure out what was wrong with the world. I’ve discussed some of their work in earlier posts, especially “The Idiocracy Experiment,” but have been saving The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements for when the uprisings, which I predicted in […]

History Repeated As Farce – White Anarchists Must Not Co-Opt The Movement For Black Justice (Carl Raschke)

This article is republished from the author’s private blog at thoughtsoutofseason.net “We want justice, we want anarchy”. Thus read a sign of protesters standing this past weekend in the median of a major four-lane thoroughfare near a major shopping area in northwest suburban Dallas. Though it was a black man holding the sign, the vast […]