Will Trump channel the undercurrent of nativism to fuse government and private industry into a much more stringent alliance?
Remembering Mark Fisher (1968-2017).
2016 has been an epoch-defining year. Amongst its victims, allegedly, has been 'truth'. It was truth after all, that was so grossly, so publicly undermined during the Brexit and Trump campaigns, ushering us into the age of 'post-truth' while stamping its entry into the Oxford dictionary with ceremonious pomp. What follows are some scattered thoughts, attempting to ground this peculiar moment: I. New media… Continue reading Theses on ‘post-truth’
With the passing of Fidel Castro yesterday, one of the 20th century's most iconic figures has joined an exhaustive list of victims taken in 2016. Eulogies have tended to range from extreme sides of the spectrum: either "anti-imperialist revolutionary" or "ruthless dictator". However, without placing Castro in his proper historical context, it becomes easy to grossly… Continue reading Fidel: Revolutionary Dictator?
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