The Humor of Surfaces

A few stray thoughts continuing off from the last post on roadside attractions and kitsch Americana as ‘vernacular surrealism’โ€” If America, with its complicated approach to the depths of history and focus on self-cultivation (in the face of ‘symbolic deficiency’) can be most immediately understood through the notion of the surface, then the relationship that […]

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Speculations on Post-Covid America

That globalization as it has been known, from its beginnings in the 70s and 80s and rapid acceleration in the ‘posthistorical’ 90s through today, has been under threat is not a new observations. Ever the target of discontent, it was the enemy of choice for a hosts of movements, formal and informal, that spanned the […]

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Industrial Policy Round-Up #1

Last week, I created a twitter for the purposes of scrapping our fave zone of cyberspace for mentions of industrial policyโ€”follow Lil’ Industrial Policy Guy!โ€”partly for the novelty of it, but also for keeping up with the ongoing conversations around the topic. It’s certainly been more active than I initially anticipated, and one of the […]

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Meanwhile, in Kentucky

This dismal eyesore, courtesy of ultra-lib ‘grassroots’ organization Mad Dog PAC, went up near my house recently. It’s one of three new billboards appearing around the state as part of the new anti-Mitch blitz. Unseating the self-described “Grim Reaper” of all policies progressive or vaguely left-ish, the Democrats have finally realized, is what needs to […]

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Thiel’s Party

Between the 14th and 16th of July, a conference took place in Washington DC that seemed to have largely slipped under the radar. Titled the “National Conservatism conference”, it was organized and funded primarily by the Edmund Burke Foundationโ€”a conservative philanthropy that, while based in the Netherlands (in the Hague, to be more specific), boasts […]

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