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…

Reads for the New Year

We end 2020 quietly. Nothing zany happening. Covid vaccines are going out, big line going up, small stimulus checks hitting bank accounts and nothing big. This was 2020. Most of the insanity was media hysteria to get rid of Trump. Most stress was self-imposed by state governments, bureaucrats, teachers unions and other pieces of the…

Hollywood Tax Breaks

How desperate are cities and states to spruce their economy? The main solution to the “moar jobz” problem seems to be create gambling zones. Like sin or vice taxation, the state gooses tax receipts off of the addictions and degeneracy of some of its citizens. Plus, there are jobs, jobs, jobs, which to an increasingly lumpenprole America,…

Office Culture & A Christmas Carol (1943)

Submitted by Bad Billy Pratt I’m too fucking autistic for this, I thought to myself, as I read over the strict set of rules, guidelines, and pre-cautionary measures for my school’s Secret Santa game. In Secret Santa games of old, there was a greater feeling of structurelessness- a kind of free-spirited whimsy- where you made your…

The Fifth Revolution of 2020

It is not hard to convince people we are living through a revolution. It is only hard to define how far and deep it goes. One difficulty is the fact that so many of the rights it has stripped us of are not acknowledged in the pantheon of written rights. We have lost the right…

Christmas Reads

You should have the next few days off for Christmas. Spend time with family. If you have spare time, read these links. No New Cold War – You cannot have a Cold War when the other side is your supply chain. You cannot have one when the ruling party is in hock or compromised by…