theory of mind and going all the way

It’s a good sign when people like Salon.com’s TV critic issue a mayday call and starts writing about real shit in the style of Andrea Dworkin. Her awakening came from Hollywood drama, but if that’s what it takes… But this is the year of our lord 2017, soon to be known as the Year of…

reintroduction to the apocalypse

I just revisited Introduction to the Apocalypse, an anonymous anarchist text I read when it came out in 2009. Back then, being into this stuff meant hanging out on LATOC, a message board that had a dedicated board called “tinfoil” for conspiracy theory. It was the vanguard of understanding what’s going on, a gathering place…

when rush limbaugh gets it more than salon.com

It’s pretty bad when Rush Limbaugh understands the left better than writers at Salon.com. Unfortunately, it’s true. This article mostly quotes Limbaugh without comment, as if what he’s saying is self-evidently ridiculous: “I do believe that the left wants to cause great damage to the NFL,” he continued. “What does the NFL stand for? Masculinity,…

neoliberalism and the massive ask of marriage

Modern relationships are suffering because people have started looking at relationships through the lens of neoliberalism, as if dating was a market. The result is that sensible ideas are mixed with insidious ones, so that the sensible ideas are neutralized. A recent example is this article in The Atlantic, in which Olga Khazan interviews a…

autism moments and social identity

I just had a minor autism moment that I think illustrates the death-by-a-thousand-cuts aspects. It’s my lunch break. I work from home, handling tech support tickets for a computer security testing company (why did we miss a vulnerability, can we lower the rating on such-and-such finding, etc.). Today it’s mercifully slow, so I took my…

I immediately lodged the sharpest protest against this, in which I emphasized that a liquidation of the Jews could not take place arbitrarily

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland is an amazing book that should be mandatory reading in schools. It’s a case study of a group of around 500 police officers who were initially devastated by their participation in a massacre, but ultimately rounded up and killed 85,000 Jews, either by…

on liberalism and exile from the human community

I’d say that being a “centrist” or a “liberal” has to do with a lack of clarity around assumptions and principles. A related problem plaguing the left is that “the left” has been conflated with a certain type of Hollywood-promoted coolness. It’s an upper-class fashion statement, just like people say it is. There’s a reason…