After weeks (years, really) of debate on the subject I realized I’d never really committed to writing my argument about why I think it’s appropriate to talk about fascism in regards to Trump and Trumpism. I do not think it’s so straightforward that Trump or the preponderance of his followers…

The Chad Gramscian vs. The Virgin Sorelian (or what have you)

Writer Jacob Siegel made an observation to the effect of “The American Right has left its Grasmscian period and entered its Sorelian Period.” I think what this means is that the Right is no longer seeking hegemony over cultural…

A little more on Romantic Irony, this time focusing on Kierkegaard’s interest and use in the romantics’ aesthetic pose — K’s dissertation was “On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates.” He adopts Hegel’s notion that irony is “infinite absolute negativity.”

To recap from last time, this means…

“Romantic Irony” might sound like a strange idea: we normally associate romanticism with the sincere expression of emotion and also with the ideal of naturalness as opposed to artifice. But the early German romantics at the beginning of the 19th century were obsessed with irony as a literary trope and…

The morning after Trump was elected, President Barack Obama told his daughters, as a way of reassuring them that, “Societies and cultures are really complicated … This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy.” It’s clear what point he was trying to…

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