Blog Archive

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Data and code › Inequality and the Pacification of Militant Protest in the United States, 1919-2012
Code for reproducing the graph in our 2018 ISQ article on Liberal Pacification. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › The Alt-Right is not all Right: On the ideology of Kekistan
Kekistan is mostly right-wing, but with a "long tail" of centrists and leftists. The number one issue priority of Kekistanis is free speech, and Kekistani public opinion includes a large number of contradictory interests each belonging to a small number of people. There is some racism in Kekistan, but that's also in the long-tail, with many other random topics such as cryptocurrency, atheism, anime, Christianity, and AI. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › Who’s afraid of free speech in the United States?
The pushback against political correctness has led to overly hasty generalizations about leftist opposition to free speech. Survey data tell some surprising stories. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › The moral foundations of social justice warriors
Are 'Social Justice Warriors' a real ideological faction of the Left, with a unique moral psychology? The first in a multi-part series using 'big data' to understand obscure ideological subcultures. Read More ›

Original research › What is the effect of comparing Donald Trump to Hitler?
Critics of U.S. President Donald Trump frequently compare him to Adolf Hitler. Does comparing Trump to Hitler decrease support for his policies? We conducted a survey experiment to investigate the causal effect of a Hitler comparison on support for a Trump policy. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › Milo, motivated reasoning, and the left-wing Fox News
How progressive media culture treats Milo is a case study of how the left is approaching the cognitive level of Fox News. Read More ›

Data appendix on global rioting dynamics
Supplementary information for my article on the hidden decline of rioting. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › Who are Jordan Peterson’s followers?
An academic psychologist is connecting left-libertarians and Trump supporters. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › Are Americans becoming more conservative or liberal (right or left)?
Conservatism, racism, and white nationalism are not increasing. It's social liberalism that is taking over. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › Feminism and the problem of supertoxic masculinity
A serious feminist challenge is what to do with hyper-dominant males who are not domesticated by any amount of moral or legal constraint; in fact, excessive social constraints on average males may help explain why supertoxic masculinity is now a fast-track to the heights of political power. Read More ›

Micro-politics › The affective politics of keeping it real
Why real nobodies are more powerful than repressed somebodies (the internet epoch has hardly begun). Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › The psychology of prohibiting outside thinkers
The real motivation of respectable progressivism is managing guilty conscience and conserving bourgeois privileges; how to theorize the Cathedral from the revolutionary left; understanding the suicide bombing of anti-intellectual intellectuals. Read More ›

Acceleration unconditional and autonomous › Activism is a capitalist virus from the future (honesty is stage-one cybernetic communism)
Capitalism is horrible because it disposes humans as cosmic garbage, but the only motor of that garbage disposal is rabid denial. Read More ›

The thirst for thicc › Capitalism is an instance, not an essence
On Deleuze and Guattari, cosmic selection bias, and the room for revolutionary praxis despite unconditional acceleration. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › The formal structure of paranoid leftism (why there is no such thing as a noble error)
How choosing personal psychological comfort over empirical accuracy will doom you and your friends to oblivion. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › Two cultures of radical politics
Why morality preserves the status quo and science is the key to overthrowing it. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › On turning left into darkness
A response to critics and a more positive elaboration of my current thinking. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › Short note about Catholic monarchism
I am not a monarchist, but I do think the Reformation was a disaster. Read More ›

The new ideological fractures › Is it dangerous to engage seriously with radical right-wing thinkers?
If only it were. Read More ›

Cool your jets › Social science and the radical politics of not knowing
The real usefulness of social science in times of crisis. Read More ›

Long reflections › “I Think We're Really Onto Something:” Mark Fisher and My Revolutionary Friends
If you think revolution is impossible, you are looking in the wrong places. Read More ›

Holiday reflections › How to deal with nasty family members during the holidays? Relax and have fun with them
Your grandmother is not a bigot if her only ethical failure is that she does not care what people on the internet think about her. Read More ›

Student resources › A quick-start guide to the statistical analysis of political attitudes and behaviors
Code and instructions to analyze the Eurobarometer using R. Read More ›

On what is called awareness › Is there an obligation to speak out if nobody is listening?
The revolutionary paths of the twenty-first century will involve collective maneuvers out of anxious online reactivity. Read More ›

Trump and Brexit › If educated progressives are so smart, why is right-wing populism winning?
On the fake sophistication of cosmopolitan respectability. Read More ›

Original empirical findings › Differences Between Supporters of Clinton and Sanders
Data show that Sanders supporters are notably to the left of Clinton supporters, and they also have fundamentally different issue priorities. Read More ›

Mechanisms of pacification and liberation › Notes on some rare Deleuze lectures
Notes I took on rare video of Gilles Deleuze lecturing in 1975-76. On micro vs. molar, gangs, borders, Virginia Woolf, and social change. Read More ›

Overthrowing Institutions › Not inter-disciplinary but anti-disciplinary
This is not what they call critical or inter-disciplinary social science; strictly speaking, it should be useless for the contemporary institutions of social science. Read More ›

Radical politics in the UK › On Corbynism and Fuck Parades
Why Corbyn and events such as the Fuck Parade need each other. Read More ›

Radical politics in the UK › One way to end the government is to become ungovernable
Reflections on social science, honesty, insurrection, communism, carts, and horses. Read More ›

Overthrowing Institutions › On oppression and insurrection (1)
Diverse types of inequality increase leverage for universal insurrection. Read More ›

Overthrowing Institutions › On the hopeless but effective insurrection of having no power whatsoever
What if activists and organizers are so concerned with building the best carriage they have failed to notice their horses have already fled? Read More ›

How to age well › The plague of respectable adults
My only concern is not to become one. Read More ›

Institutions › On being honestly bad
To make insurrection against oppressive institutions, one must be as bad as one honestly is. Read More ›

The long arc of the universe
That famous line about the arc of the universe bending toward justice is not just rhetoric but an actual empirical dynamic. Read More ›

Introduction to overthrowing all currently existing institutions
An introduction to the art and science of overthrowing everything. Read More ›

Original empirical findings › 'Stand your ground' laws reinforce white supremacy and patriarchy
What if Trayvon Martin had been white? What if Marissa Alexander had been male? Earlier today I released new statistical evidence of racism and sexism in the enforcement of 'stand your ground' (SYG) laws. Read More ›

I wondered if I’m allowed to ask if I’m allowed
Slides on some economic factors in media politics
Intro to R for graduate students
Notes on Simone Weil's Gravity and Grace
Graph of economic growth and democracy across countries over time
Dynamic map of murdered journalists, 1992-2014
Slides on 'Democracy' as propaganda for capitalism
Positive critical theory › A theory of ethically-biased technological change (toward an empirical test of the Frankfurt School)
Critical theory is often perceived as anti-scientific but the Frankfurt School theorists advanced many hypotheses amenable to empirical testing. Read More ›

On the early social science of the media
Some questions › The link between public opinion and public policy
Propaganda and democracy
Notes on Walter Lippmann
The creation of public opinion
The question of revolution is not romantic, it is unavoidable
System for managing student course submissions using free web services (proof of concept)
Daily schedule for weekdays (the only legitimate drill-sergeant is autonomous self-discipline)
A diagram of stratification
What really changed after the Cold War?
Remodeling revolutionary agency
A concept of political validity in quantitative social science
There are more than enough hours in the day
The hatred of freedom
Ego and revolution
An ironic note about genius
Resentment and vegetarianism
A mass media theory of the surveillance state
Against a functioning democracy, anti-colonial terrorism produces a check on colonialism, but when a capitalist democracy is overrun with inequality and the media are captured by wealthy elites, this link is broken. Surveillance emerges as the next best solution. Read More ›

Civil war and the square of ethnic fractionalization
What trust is not
Reactionary law and bourgeois desire
A thought on jealousy
Chapter 1
The radical core of conservatism
Non-linearity in reflection
A note on masculinity and self-expression
The equality in evil
The vertigo of social mobility
Sensitivity is a scarce resource
Analysis of #GazaUnderAttack tweets
Duchamp on sinks and sources
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Predicting turnout from Google search data
Revolutionary fun
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Freedom as a constant quantity
#17: A call to friends
Do inflation expectations have an effect on Obama's re-election prospects?
#16: Equilibrium and equality
#15: The institutionalization of philosophy as the repression of honesty
#14: Socratic honesty and Platonic betrayal
#13: Truth
#12: Leisure time and the arts and sciences
Untitled play about maybe getting rid of a bed
Dialogue on trying to live a revolutionary life
On the social contract of entrance into adulthood
#11: The essential structure of institutions
#10: An example of acceleration: books
#9: Volume, diameter, density, ideology
Mark Rothko and the Freedom to Starve (#6)
Mark Rothko and the Freedom to Starve (#5)
Mark Rothko and the Freedom to Starve (#4)
Mark Rothko and the Freedom to Starve (#3)
Mark Rothko and the Freedom to Starve (#2)
Mark Rothko and the Freedom to Starve (#1)
#8: Mass, force, acceleration, power
#7: Not methodology but the realization of beginning
#6: Maps (ideas as things)
#5: Human, idea, immanence, intensive space, drive
#4: Natural selection, random mutation, the material world
Hip pouch designs
Is there really a school-to-prison pipeline?
#3: Investment
#2: Sinks and sources
#1: Energy, line segment, thing, circuit
Book holder for a utility belt
Hip pouch (red square solidarity edition)
Student resources › Generating summary statistics and box/violin plots in R
Start a basic data analysis with real data in R. Read More ›

Comparing the twitter verbosity of @BarackObama and @MittRomney
local weather philadelphia
Grains of salt
Four short dialogues with the bourgeois
The neurotic repetitions in public opinion against Occupy
Art and bribery
The cleavage between spatial and non-spatial labor
unprotected sex
On the bureaucratic superego and conventional constitution of siege by joint emancipated forces
U.S. media and ideological filtering as a global "public good"
A return of the repressed? Preliminary theory and evidence on France, 1968 and Occupy Wall Street
The occupations, hipsterdom, and the resexualization of radical politics
Reading Herbert Marcuse › Revolution factories (reflections on Marcuse and the One Dimensional Man)
Reflections on Marcuse's "One Dimensional Man," in the context of Occupy Wall Street. Read More ›

Living and writing of a present insurrection
Full text of my interview with Temple News on the walkout and Occupy Philly
Anna Karenina
A police state
Open letter to family members on Facebook
Abraham and Hagar are Very Okay Now
About the truth of pop music
An inspired consumer reviews the city of Philadelphia on
Introductory lecture on aesthetics, religion, and politics
Seven provisional theses on the meaning and future of Mumblecore
Fragments of automatic writing using Google Voice
Unsent letter to a former friend (a DJ)
Using Google's transcription service as a universal consciousness, with an example
Finding modern pictures in the National Gallery
Self-immiserative technomadism
100% of my telecommunication will now be through the internet
Does Obama really care less than Bush about climate change?
Outlawed are the most elaborate jokes
Abigail asks a question
God has not died, and it is we atheists who have resurrected him
The problem with drugs as counterculture
Invention for drawing graphs on a whiteboard
Floorplan sketches for the Ox
Not necessarily true › In a streetcar in New Orleans
Notes › Invention for protection of paperback books