The War Hysteria Virus of 2020

On January 3rd, 2020, the world got a taste for what the reigning hegemon’s reaction to real war would be like. The window into the American soul had the drapes pulled back. The globe should be frightened. The droning of Gen. Suleimani by US forces in Iraq unleashed a torrent of emotions from the imperial…

Calhoun, Biopower, and America’s Phony Constitution

It seems to me that the most important characteristic of “liberalism” is its attack on quiddity, that is, its attack on the notion of what-ness, of the singular essence of a thing itself. All other characteristics of liberalism are secondary. This came to mind when reading John C. Calhoun’s great Disquisition on Government. Along with…

Quiet Desperation is the American Way

And you run, and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking/ Racing around to come up behind you again/ The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older/ Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death “Time,” by Pink Floyd (1973) Twentieth century American popular fiction can…

America At The Fourth + Five Friday Reads 7/5/19

Another July 4th has come and gone. Each year it feels phonier does it not? Somewhere in the timeline the social cohesion of a patriotic fourth died. It might have been the ’90s when patriotism was kitschy enough to be mocked by the proper thinking crowd. Not just the elite left leaning types but your…

America In Two Acts

-by Karl X. Brown America is now two hundred forty-three years old. Wow, what a ride it has been. At this time of year, at the dawn of summer ‘round the 4th of July—the time of popsicles and kids wrapped in beach towels munching on charred hot dogs—I am always overcome with a sentimental spirit….

The Smirk Seen Around the World, Part 2: Identity, Faciality and Mass Political Neurosis.

In the first installment of this mini-series of articles, we explored the various issues surrounding the Covington confrontation, and the manufactured cathedral-media outrage behind it. This article will attempt to bring more of a philosophically abstract analysis to the incident, epically the near gut-level and instantaneous reaction from the woke urbanite blue-tick crowd towards these…