The monopolist: Elon Musk’s delicate balancing act

First published on 31 October 2022. It is often said that Elon Musk is reckless. Is he? Middle-class people sometimes claim it’s strange to ‘Tweet’ if you are that famous. Isn’t all the online advice to avoid controversy — to stick to the party line? Even get-rich-quick schemes maintain controversy is the fastest way to … Continue reading The monopolist: Elon Musk’s delicate balancing act

The birth of the market state

First published in June 2022. In the beginning, there was power. This was the power to sort and arrange the layers of reality into a complex whole, reassembling what had been divided into something resembling unity. In Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan, the 'real unity' of the state plays this role, uniting the divided 'Multitude' into a … Continue reading The birth of the market state

The philosophy of life: Arendt, Heidegger, Foucault

First published on 6 July 2022. In the late 1920s, Hannah Arendt helped fellow philosopher Martin Heidegger on a book that took the intellectual world by storm. Being and Time (or Sein und Zeit in the original German) contended that the human being, Dasein, was a being that took its own being into question. But … Continue reading The philosophy of life: Arendt, Heidegger, Foucault

The counterrevolution to Blackpink is here, and it’s a little bit awful

So, Blackpink is the revolution. Why? Because the counterrevolution is already here. After Blackpink followed the trailblazing artistry of Kanye West, now K-Pop bands are taking after Jacob Collier’s neo-jazz counterrevolution to the romantic excesses of hip hop in Drake. But alas, the course correction is tired and the jazz/romantic era is over. Blackpink is … Continue reading The counterrevolution to Blackpink is here, and it’s a little bit awful