Priming The Cult

Submitted by a polite observer Earlier this year, the Sun had a nice rundown of why the ’20s will be a grand time for cults. Watching the events of 2020, it was easy to see the big cult that was growing before our eyes. The Woke Cult stepped out of online spaces and campuses and…

Pogging Out on Capitol Hill: Frictionless Semiotic Control

By @LemurianTime I was enjoying the show at the Capitol the other day, however like so many others I simply viewed it as a performative act. Not one that’s meaningless, but out of desperation. Nonetheless the Capitol building is a symbolic space of power. There’s optics to be spoken of, all kinds of perspectives that…

Regime Consolidation + Friday Reads

Let us cover the Trump Putsch. What else could there be to possibly talk about today, this weekend or this month? Hank and Fred both provided great essays on the events of January 6th. The two stories of the 6th are that 1) a violent insurrection was attempted against our sacred democracy and 2) a…

American Shitshow: The Strategy of Tension

Writing while events lay fresh on the ground has plusses and minuses. On the one hand, before narratives are concretized (increasingly by force and censorship), key little details stick out that will later become retconned as implausible or forbidden to know about. On the other, we of course do not know how things will shake…

Yesterday

“Can you do a quick recap like your Charlottesville essay?” That is an impossible request. That essay was looking back on a small event a year later. It was about a small Internet crowd that saw their era of fun end. The January 6th events in DC were what? A giant rally that ended with…

Facsimiles of Women

Today’s Senate races in Georgia will reach the end of Act II in the 2020 election structure with the climax of action. Late tonight, the crisis will occur in counting rooms across Georgia as Democrats figure out how many votes they need to win two US Senate seats and fulfill their vote quotas. This will…

Don’t Stop Voting

Every election cycle, the right-wing rehashes a new version of a very old debate: should we keep voting Republican or consciously abstain from voting altogether? In the wake of the 2020 election, with Trump apparently losing through what seems to be obvious ballot fraud, and with the feckless Republicans unwilling to help him challenge the…