There Will Be No Midterm Elections

What makes the current situation so disastrous is not just the disaster itself, but the neverending parade of disasters that obscure it.  Read more…

 

1. Mai: Tag der Polizei

Nach 30 Jahren Revolution am 1. Mai steht im kommenden Jahr gleich das nächste Jubiläum bevor: 15 Jahre MyFest. Da wird es viel zu feiern geben, denn von den zahlreichen Aufstandsbekämpfungsmaßnahmen, die seit den 80er Jahren im Stadtlabor Kreuzberg getestet worden sind, bleibt das MyFest die erfolgreichste, weil perfideste.  Read more…

 

The Meaning of Macron

When I was reading your conversation, I couldn't help but in my mind begin to substitute the political parties with football clubs, and their managers for the candidates. Is Real still alive, now that Barca has taken a beating? Did we all underestimate Juventus? Will Chelsea trash Arsenal? Are we going to remember Guardiola as one of the greatest managers in history? Is the false nine on the verge of disappearing? And how will Bayern fare with Ancelotti?  Read more…

 

Ein Deutscher ist ein Mensch, der alles wörtlich nimmt

Or, for those who don't understand their language: "A German is a person who takes everything literally." Even Adorno's famous dictum — "A German is a person who cannot tell a lie without believing in it" — is nothing more than a corollary.  Read more…

 

Kellyanne's World

 

The Spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation between people, mediated by the New York Times

A beautiful series of rumors, misunderstandings, falsehoods and lies: beginning with the popular thesis that The Society of the Spectacle "helped shape France's student protests and disruptions of 1968", a revolution of bookworms who knew to never judge "a thin book" by its "plain white cover", but always by the first paragraph of its first chapter, which, just like the famous intro of The Communist Manifesto that the author quotes alongside, provided much-needed "political praxis couched in high drama";  Read more…

 

February 14: Episode 7

If U.S. politics was a bad TV series (and it is), then today feels like Episode 7, out of 12.  Read more…

 

Ten Theses Less

When I saw the "10 Preliminary Theses on Trump", what made me feel uneasy was, mostly, a matter of form: that the "10 Theses" format seemed strangely anachronistic, inadequate for a phenomenon like Trump, and that of all the attributes one could have possibly picked, "preliminary" looked like the least appropriate choice for something written in late January 2017. The most famous (and most famously wrong) "N Preliminary Theses on Trump" text, Nate Silver's "Donald Trump's Six Stages of Doom", was published in August 2015, and that was the time when it was still possible — reasonable, as Nate Silver would argue — to think that "preliminary" might do. That has changed.  Read more…

 

January 30: Time To Wake Up

"The media always has taken Trump literally. It never takes him seriously." — Peter Thiel  Read more…

 

Russia? China? It's Minecraft you should fear, and bored teenagers!

[TL;DR: If this is already too long, forget it. But here's the bottom line: If you want to continue debating "foreign cyber warfare targeting Western democracies" without looking like an utter clown, you should read the articles linked below. Specifically (3), which is the most illuminating piece of investigative journalism I have read online all month, and (4), because instead of perpetuating myths about technology, it documents how stuff actually works.]  Read more…