Homo Automatis: the Lesson of the NPC

In 1739, a creative Frenchman played a rather ingenious parlour trick on the public with the introduction of an automaton in the form of a duck which could eat, process, and eliminate corn kernals. Vaucanson’s defecating duck was a vulgar fascination that for a moment threw France into a fit of philistine excitement so great…

Enough Of This Schmitt

Special submission from the Chicago Civil Servant This note is a pedantic clarification about the abuses of the legal philosopher Carl Schmitt in politically charged writing published in the last few years. I’m a simple man and, like Schmitt, a lower-middle class striver, so I feel a personal affinity for him.  To the extent that…

Right Wing Foucault

“By this I mean a number of phenomena that seem to me to be quite significant, namely, the set of mechanisms through which the basic biological features of the human species became the object of a political strategy, of a general strategy of power, or, in other words, how, starting from the 18th century, modern…