Cognitive and Affective Reasons for ‘Deficit of Information’ “Activist” Crap – or “The scraped knee theory of #climate doom”

"CARDIAC" - geddit? Not my most forced backronym ever, but close. So, why do we get stuck in describing problems - like, I dunno, the imminent collapse of the ecosystems that make human civilisation possible, to choose an example entirely at random - endlessly, rather talking about the solutions? Blah blah, yes, belling the cat.... Continue Reading →

Neologism of the decade: nihiliberalism

(or should that be nihilogism of the decade?) There's this and this bit of an interview with the late Mark Fisher. "Now we are faced with nihiliberalism rather than neoliberalism. The phrases justifying neoliberalism are mechanistically repeated, but there’s no real conviction in it anymore." Hat-tip to @Dant_Lane for bringing this to my attention. Basically,... Continue Reading →

Did you exchange a walk on part in the war…

for the lead role in a cage. Yeah. Probably I did. Didn't you? Didn't we all? Or most of us at least. Somewhere between the Scylla of egomania/unfettered narcissism and the Charybdis of slave morality/abnegation for its own sake, lies... what exactly? Strutting and fretting our hour upon the burning platform, as we see our... Continue Reading →

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