René Girard and Michel Foucault shared an abiding interest in the violence embedded in institutions.
Herbert Marcuse’s “Repressive Tolerance” is often cited as the progenitor of the censorious left, but its real ideological heirs are now on the right.
The links between the Trump administration and critical theory are less surprising than they might seem.
“Metamodernism” offers a lens for interpreting the contradictory impulses of liberalism in recent years.
The postmodern emphasis on language derives from the evolution of hi-tech liberal capitalist societies.
Did “Theory” make people skeptical of science, as Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay claim? Jean-François Lyotard’s account of the decline of metanarratives offers another view.
James Lindsay and Helen Pluckrose characterize Theory as a “virus” attacking the liberal body politic.
Is totalized simulation a strategy of conflict management or a driver of conflict? Some of both.
Hi-tech networked control and archaic sacrificial systems may seem like opposites, but in fact, they complement each other.
The philosophical backgrounds of Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp and his co-founder Peter Thiel offer surprising insights into the company’s guiding ethos.