THE SAVAGE PEACE: I. Civil War

*This is section I of a book called “The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War”. The previous post was the introduction.  Hyperlinked words link back to the glossary. -Sasha Durakov I. Civil War A most ambiguous superiority “To designate ‘sedition,’ revolution in the city, Greeks use the word stasis, which they borrowed from the root most evocative … Continue reading THE SAVAGE PEACE: I. Civil War

THE SAVAGE PEACE: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War

*This is the first part of a book called “The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War”, the entirety of which I will be posting to this website in segments. I’ll post one segment a week over the course of probably a month and a half. I’m also posting the glossary here, which I will link back to … Continue reading THE SAVAGE PEACE: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War

LOCAL PRAISE FOR PMs

Our recent piece, A Field Guide to Protests: The Protest Marshal, took most of its inspiration from experiences we shared apart and together – at precincts, in the streets and on highways in the Twin Cities – but we also learned much about the protest marshal from local reporting on the hidden mechanics that make demonstrations stay so regular. The following three linked articles (their nature revealed … Continue reading LOCAL PRAISE FOR PMs

Don’t Just Follow Along: Some Critical Notes on Tactics and Discourse

We are all here to get our voices heard. This may be true for some, but we question whether this applies generally to a crowd in a protest scenario. Did the various native tribes and individuals at Standing Rock set up camp to “get their voices heard,” or were they gathered to directly defend that which sustains them and allows them to live? Similarly, we … Continue reading Don’t Just Follow Along: Some Critical Notes on Tactics and Discourse

the belli research institute: how is it to be done

This is the inaugural post for the foundling Belli Research Institute, the beginning of what we hope will be a prolific and troubling project. Belli, which is Latin for in the war and of the war, reflects to us critical thots the epoch of civil war, that global condition subsuming and defining the whole of existence – what some call the Anthropocene. With this platform … Continue reading the belli research institute: how is it to be done