Benjamin Bratton’s <em>The Revenge of the Real</em> develops the “temporary” state of emergency of (failed) pandemic governance into a justification of governing society on that basis indefinitely. It’s a deeply anti-social vision of society.
Daniel Defoe and John Donne’s alternative languages of disease and isolation—and their meaning now.
Hate is an element of political organizing we are encouraged to disavow. But liberal sentimentality only leads to repetitive acting-out of the dynamics of dehumanization.
Fear of a breakdown that has already happened.
Why are the esrtwhile hysterical Crybullies of Social Justice Sanctimony now extolling the virtues of stoicism, censuring those that would dare admit that this moment might be a bit—dare I say—“traumatizing”?
If it’s true that the dystopias we dream up are the ones we secretly desire, then is our exceptional situation not the one centrists coveted?
Sam Kriss reads books, Part One. Literature is not therapy.