The hucksters of discontent

Naomi Klein has a piece in the Guardian which is fairly indicative of an argument being made by various socialists and social democrats in moments such as this. Her argument, put simply, is that while racism and misogyny were indeed factors in Trump’s election, it is really ‘neoliberalism’ – the ‘rise of the Davos class’ – which sealed America’s fate. This is white nationalist mythology. Continue reading

Legal superrealism

 

The Expanse, s01. (cr. James S A Corey, 2015)
The laws of physics: gravity and the theory of relativity.
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Sicario (dir. Denis Villeneuve, 2015. Track).
The law of contracts.
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Making a Murderer (dirs. Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, 2015).
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How to Get Away With Murder, s02. (cr. Peter Nowalk, 2015. Track)
Rhetoric 101: The jurisprudence of expressionism.
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Z Nation, s02. (cr Karl Schaefer, 2015)
La Reina del Día de los Muertos.
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Hannibal, s02. (cr. Bryan Fuller, 2014)
Habeas Corpus.
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Spinoza’s joint-stock theory of the affects

Spinoza’s understanding of the affects can illuminate much, but I do not think it amounts to a critical or radical politics of the affective. So while I finish a post on the politics of affect that is more to do with current theories and politics around affect, I thought I would reiterate some of the argument in C&C, but that I discuss further in another essay, “Spinoza’s Affections.”

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