Fritz Bartel’s The Triumph of Broken Promises enhances our empirical understanding of why the Cold War ended when and how it did. But his book contains an ambivalent account of the importance of ideology in East and West that raises questions about its causal story.
The ruling class has found that “externalizing” their decision making to transnational organizations of various sorts can be a way to evade accountability. It is also a contradictory and self-undermining mode of governance.
Social media is both an expression of the crisis of the social that pre-exists the internet and a potent accelerator of that crisis. Solving this does not mean fixing online. It means changing, IRL, the society that makes life empty and atomized in the first place.
Jo Freeman’s classic essay on the perniciousness of informal structures on political group life.