THE SECOND GULAG

(The Madness Gambit, updated) In the chaotic months that followed the inauguration of Donald J Trump as President of the United States, his enemies searched desperately for ways to unseat him through impeachment. The question was, for what? An investigation was launched into allegations of collusion with Russia, the consequences of which will continue to […]

THE RITE TO REMAIN SILENT

CATHY O’BRIEN AND THE GHOST OF DE SADE If a lethal text is one which destroys the mind of its reader, making it impossible to communicate the content of the text to others, The Trance-Formation of America by Cathy O’Brien and Mark Phillips comes as close as anything I’ve read. Such a controversial and widely-known […]

LETHAL TEXT

     Photograph by Sam Sherratt   ‘Once upon the throne of kings, there shall never have been a tyranny to equal ours, no despot shall ever have put a thicker blindfold over the eyes of the people; plunged into essential ignorance, it shall be at our mercy, blood will flow in rivers, our Masonic […]

PHILOSOPHERS AND THEIR PUPPIES

  In his documentary series The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004), Adam Curtis parallels the rise of militant Islam with the ‘neoconservative’ movement in America. Both movements, he argues, represent irrationalist reactions against secular democracy. The original neoconservatives, including Irving Kristol, Allan Bloom, and Paul Wolfowitz, came together as […]