UNDER MY SKIN

Humans are now hackable animals. The whole idea that humans have this ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’,  and nobody knows what’s happening inside them,  and they have free will — that’s over. Yuval Noah Harari These words constitute a naked, unadorned statement of the ideology behind the World Economic Forum’s project to ‘reset’ the world, economically, socially, […]

THE POSSIBLE

‘Normal men don’t know that everything is possible.’ David Rousset, The Other Kingdom, 1947 Whenever I get into a deep conversation with someone, where we’re exploring what is and isn’t in this world, as we go deeper and deeper into the subject, sooner or later we hit bedrock — the point where rational argument takes […]

The BANALITY of EVIL

READING HANNAH ARENDT in 2022 It might be the most chilling single phrase in the English language. It came irresistibly to Hannah Arendt as she observed Adolph Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem in 1962. Arendt had been an early fugitive from National Socialist Germany, having been arrested by the Gestapo in 1933 for researching antisemitism, and […]

GENOCIDAL KITSCH (COVID EDITION)

Photograph by Sam Sherratt “For a considerable length of time, the normality of the normal world is the most efficient protection against disclosure of totalitarian mass crimes. ‘Normal men don’t know that everything is possible,’ [David Rousset, The Other Kingdom, 1947] — Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) “The word ‘kitsch’ entered the English […]