Theoretical Reflections on the State in the Era of Trump

How 'Deep' is Your State? A spate of articles and conversations have been circulating social media feeds that have re-aligned focus on the 'deep state' and its shadowy machinations. It is used to explain how the Trump administration's first major scandal - the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security advisor - was the result of a powerful, institutional offensive. At the… Continue reading Theoretical Reflections on the State in the Era of Trump

Orange Aesthetics

It is clear what Trump represents: a gestational, proto-fascism that has been harnessed in the wake of an emboldened ethnonationalism across the Atlantic. Fascism is what capitalism traditionally exploited by emulating mass movements when threatened by steady left-wing movements and organized labor. Neither endangers capitalism today; instead, the crisis is strictly in-house. The liberal capitalist… Continue reading Orange Aesthetics

Elexistential dread: final thoughts on a spectacle to forget

As most Americans go to the polls today to elect the nation's forthcoming representative of an empire-in-decline, the curtain will finally be drawn on what has been an election cycle like no other in recent memory. The ugly invective, dull blather, and incessant moralising that it generated siphoned away all that might have once been redemptive in the world.… Continue reading Elexistential dread: final thoughts on a spectacle to forget

Žižek’s Trumpist fantasies reveal a shallow understanding of power

Enfant terrible of the Western Left, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek has made a career of provoking liberals and leftists at every conceivable turn. He revels in his role as ‘radical’ court jester, diagnosing the trappings of ideology at every nook and corner, while saying everything and nothing simultaneously. More recently, the refugee crisis has given him… Continue reading Žižek’s Trumpist fantasies reveal a shallow understanding of power

Rethinking Syria and the claptrap of anti-imperialism

Five years on, Syria’s tragic civil war has become the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Roughly half of the country's pre-war population (over 11 million people out of 20+ million), have been killed or uprooted from their homes, spawning a refugee crisis of unparalleled proportions in neighboring countries of Jordan, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and… Continue reading Rethinking Syria and the claptrap of anti-imperialism