mechanisms

The affective politics of keeping it real

Why real nobodies are more powerful than repressed somebodies (the internet epoch has hardly begun).

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.

Capitalism is an instance, not an essence

On Deleuze and Guattari, cosmic selection bias, and the room for revolutionary praxis despite unconditional acceleration.

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.

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.

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.

A diagram of stratification

Below is a sketch of what Deleuze and Guattari describe as “the pincer” or “double articulation” of stratification.1 Deleuze, Gilles, and FĂ©lix Guattari. 1987. A Thousand Plateaus. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 40-41. ^