Category Archives: Politics

Utopias, Anti-Utopias, Dystopias and Cockaygne

There is one tradition in which my reading is obsessive, otherwise I am perhaps too eclectic. And it is also one in which the nuances are frustratingly and commonly missed or forgotten, but nonetheless fascinating. To start with the subtlest, … Continue reading

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Vampires and Class Migration

One of our boogiemen has changed. Vampires were conceived as an evil aristocracy, but in new mythopoeia they are recast as morally ambiguous lumpenproletariat, Marx’s, ‘swindlers, confidence tricksters, brothel-keepers, rag-and-bone merchants, beggars, and other flotsam of society’—more flatteringly describable as … Continue reading

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It’s a Riot

It is an understatement to say that in this society injustices abound: in truth, it is itself the quintessence of injustice.—Emil Cioran Beat them, impose martial law, they deserve what they get; they’re thugs! Get the water canons! Baton rounds! … Continue reading

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