Survival, community, and freedom: An accelerationist manifesto for conservative civic socialism

The left and its project of equality can seem to have two enemies: the centrist project of liberty and the right-wing project of community. All these moral positions also seem to miss the realist emphasis on survival. But I think there is a way of having our cake and eating it — building a left-wing … Continue reading Survival, community, and freedom: An accelerationist manifesto for conservative civic socialism

Time of Terra: The medieval foundations of modern politics

In my previous writings about modernity, theory, philosophy, art, and evolution, I have somewhat obscured the key to the world in which we live: its origins in medieval Europe. This idea occurred to me, paradoxically, in reflecting on science fiction, such as the tabletop game Warhammer 40,000, which follows influences both from high fantasy (notably, … Continue reading Time of Terra: The medieval foundations of modern politics

A prophecy of power and violence: Why ‘House of the Dragon’ is better than ‘Game of Thrones’

It has been said more often than once that the ‘Rings of Power’ series is nothing compared to Lord of the Rings. With the way prepared by ‘The Hobbit’ movies, Tolkien’s universe has been thoroughly ransacked. What was an epic fantasy series of books echoed in a swashbuckling, and occasionally moving, series of films has … Continue reading A prophecy of power and violence: Why ‘House of the Dragon’ is better than ‘Game of Thrones’

Everything ends: Explaining the modern world

It’s fashionable to explain today’s world through two prisms: modern politics and modern economics—or the modern state and capitalism. Even the words sound slightly intimidating. So instead of defining them from a dictionary, I would like to give a historical account of how these pillars of the modern world evolved. Meet Niccolò Machiavelli, an early … Continue reading Everything ends: Explaining the modern world

The evolution of theological enlightenment

Lineages of antiquity in the long renaissance: A commentary on the Harringtonian moment The Machiavellian Moment, which ties ancient and modern thought together. Jacob Abolafia’s reading of Spinoza through Flavius Josephus mirrors J. G. A. Pocock’s reading of Harrington through Machiavelli, and Mark Goldie’s reading of Harrington through Hobbesian biblical references, since each account places … Continue reading The evolution of theological enlightenment

The evolution of political language

On the origin of ‘states’: A commentary on From the state of princes to the person of the state by Quentin Skinner Quentin Skinner, leading historian of political language. Rome, as Runciman (1983) argues, was a market society developed enough to be economically dynamic and politically disturbed but not so developed that it assumed a … Continue reading The evolution of political language