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Last Build Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:31:36 +0000

 



The solutionism of the Hope Police

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:31:36 +0000

Of course, if you really need to blame someone, look no further than those naysayers over in the corner; they’re the ones who didn’t Dream Big enough, after all. They’re the ones who failed to Inspire the rest of us. Don’t blame us when the boulder squashes you flat; blame them, for “making us all fear … Continue reading The solutionism of the Hope Police



How does the rabbit end up in the hat? (Or: what transhumanism doesn’t want you to know about infrastructure)

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:03:23 +0000

Talk delivered at the Munich Volkstheater on 14th October 2017 for Bayerischer Rundfunk’s annual Zundfunk-Netkongress.



Unpacking the suitcase words

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:44:41 +0000

Half a dozen different people sent me this article for slightly different reasons; one has come to dread the listicle format, but this example is excellent, with every point well worth passing on. My talk in Munich last week was an extensive riff on Clarke’s Third Law, so I’ll not reprise that now; instead, I’ll highlight … Continue reading Unpacking the suitcase words



Five theses for the future

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:24:42 +0000

(Or: what I did on my holiday, by Paul Graham Raven, aged 40 ¾) Many thanks to the lovely people at Bayerischer Rundfunk for inviting me to their annual conference in Munich, putting me up in what looks to be possibly its most characterful hotel, and giving me a stage from which to expose the noxious back-stage … Continue reading Five theses for the future



Bolshie centennial

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 16:24:17 +0000

In Europe, we knew that the Nazis never really went away.  But we never used to put them on mainstream fucking television.  We never used to stick them on cable news and ask them for their fucking opinions.  When you can open the Overton Window and march a few thousand fascists through it, then it’s … Continue reading Bolshie centennial