Global Uncivil War

It’s been less than a year since we wrote and self-published The Savage Peace, and we are already questioning some of its premises, or at least the way in which they were presented there. In writing the book, we tried to trace a genealogy of civil war and its continued importance and usefulness to a political understanding of the modern world, while keeping its paradoxical … Continue reading Global Uncivil War

City Pages is Cancelled

In October 2017 City Pages gave journalist Susan Du the platform to publish a front page article titled “Behind the fantasy at Minneapolis strip clubs”, which “unveils” the workplace struggles of strippers at downtown Minneapolis clubs. The article follows a general increase in coverage about and surveillance of the local sex industry due to the impending Super Bowl and cites a recent University “outreach” project … Continue reading City Pages is Cancelled

because they are too afraid of seeing whiteness disappear: eclipse poem

astronomical events such as the solar eclipse we watched today have been considered omens. even those of us laughing at people with their heads in boxes; even those of us that decided we wanted to just feel it; even we used a little pinhole projector and ate strawberries in the parking lot to seek a glimpse of a shadow, a bright darkness, and speculated what … Continue reading because they are too afraid of seeing whiteness disappear: eclipse poem

“You can’t set her free”: Pharmaceutical Advertisements and the Always Shifting Perceptions of Madness

Looking at the ways in which the psychiatric profession advertised for its drugs and treatments can tell us a lot about shifting perceptions of mental health. We’ll keep the explanations short here, but if you want a more thorough critique of psychiatry, read our article Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse: the Story of the Psycho here. [Update 12/7/17] We came across some more advertisements recently that … Continue reading “You can’t set her free”: Pharmaceutical Advertisements and the Always Shifting Perceptions of Madness

The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War

*This post contains links to each part of the book called The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War, the entirety of which has previously been published to this website in segments. The book is an attempt to think about politics and history from a perspective of difference rather than identity. This resulted in a number of paradoxes, … Continue reading The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War

Songs of the Edelweiss Pirates and other German Youth Gangs

Young people had very few options in Nazi controlled Germany. Before Hitler took power, many young people in Germany were members of a “Bund,” a “band” or a “club”. These groups met to hike, write music, work on projects, and go camping together. By the end of 1933, all alternative youth organizations ceased to exist and, on March 25th, 1939, membership in the Nazi-controlled Hitlerjugend … Continue reading Songs of the Edelweiss Pirates and other German Youth Gangs

Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse: The Story of the Psycho—Bellum Primer One

As Socrates languished in a cell on the acropolis for “corrupting the youth,” a mysterious figure in robes raved and babbled under the spell of noxious gasses on the mountain of Delphi, and she was called Oracle. In the same century in which Justinian constructed his master work of the Eastern Orthodox faith, the Hagia Sofia, the Syrian monk Simeon was dragging hound corpses around … Continue reading Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse: The Story of the Psycho—Bellum Primer One

Norms // Law: Fictions and Theaters of Power—Bellum Primer Zero

“Only a fiction can make us believe a law is to be respected.” -Michel Foucault a. on gods and activists: the myth of authority At a demonstration in Minneapolis on November 10th following the election of Donald Trump, demonstrators moved onto I-94, blocking all lanes of traffic, making use of a tactic that has gained popularity in the Twin Cities since late 2015. A small … Continue reading Norms // Law: Fictions and Theaters of Power—Bellum Primer Zero