Who is responsible for our decline? – The Frankfurt School, of course.

Poor Frankfurt School. Turn to the internet these days and you realize that the handful of German professors who go under that name are being held responsible for almost everything bad that has happened to society since … when? !990? 1970? 1945? Or even 1920? All these dates are being tossed around on those feverish websites. Neo-Marxism, cultural Marxism, feminism, multiculturalism, sexual excess, postmodernism, political correctness, and all in all the entire “Western decline” are due to their nefarious doings.

The Atomization of Knowledge

We have learned that the ocean waves pulverize our plastic debris which is then consumed as dust by the fish we eat. The circle is closed and the poisons we have created come back to us in this altered form. The internet pulverizes human knowledge and feeds it back to us as unconnected bits of information. Our minds are bound to be ultimately overwhelmed by all this new kind of poisonous debris.

Forget Fire and Fury; It’s Confusion and Turmoil in Trump’s White House

February 11, 2018. After reading Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House it becomes difficult to believe that the Trump presidency will have a happy outcome either for Trump himself or the United States as a whole. If this turns out to be the case, Wolff’s book will surely be read for a long time. Even if it comes otherwise, I hope the book will be remembered for its vivid depiction of a deeply disquieting moment in US history.

Another headache

Should we worry about the alt-right? They are noisy and in-your face, but do they matter? It’s surely important to keep an eye on them and to know what they stand for. They may still fade away, but perhaps it is more accurate to see them as one symptom of…

Diagnosing Donald Trump

January 21, 2018 – Over the course of the last twelve months, both laymen and experts have sought to diagnose Donald Trump. They have been asking again and again after each one of his many bewildering tweets: What is wrong with the man psychologically? I am interested in another kind of diagnosis. My question is what Trump’s elections means politically…

Zuriaake

January 23, 2018 – We must keep an eye on China, if we are to understand the future of global politics.

An article in the South China Morning Post drew my attention to Zuriaake, an intriguing and unsettling Chinese black metal band: