GUY PATRICK CUNNINGHAM
Party of One: Democracy, Political Parties, and Simone Weil
A side-by-side reading of a French philosopher and a pair of American political scientists.
Don’t Settle: The Journalist in the Shadow of the Commercial Web
A good journalist makes society more democratic.
Peter Thiel’s neo-aristocratic technodemocracy.
The Art of Critique: Victor Serge’s “Midnight in the Century”
“Personalism” combines the radical libertarian belief in the importance of the individual with the communist belief in the importance of the entire community. Victor Serge was its greatest champion.
Aristocrats of “Merit”
A “hyper-meritocratic” order is the inevitable result of technological change: smart machines will reinforce economic disparity, to what end?
How do we counter an internet specifically designed to reinforce a narrow world view?
Contemplation vs. Consumption: Making Sense of the Commercial Web
How does the commercial web shape our behavior online?
Getting to “No”: Snowball’s Chance, Animal Farm, and “Exemplary Truth”
Animal Farm remains a valuable gateway into political satire, but the point of a gate is that eventually we need to pass through it.
The End Commands the Means: Victor Serge’s Memoirs of a Revolutionary
I STILL REMEMBER ZUCOTTI PARK in the fall of 2011. I was struck by the way the encampment seemed both very