The Trumpian Imagination

Although many people remain fixated on Trump’s bad policy, corruption, self-dealing, or isolationism—or even in his bury-your-head-in-the-sand approach to climate change—the real danger of this administration lies in how it has unleashed a new, powerful imagination of what it means to be American. The constant denials of reality uttered by Trump and his administration, their…

A Contemporary Encounter with Hannah Arendt

“Understanding and Politics” was an essay published in 1954 by Hannah Arendt, and it points to a key distinction that citizens today must consider. The rise of social media has made it easy, and even fashionable, to post knowledge of the latest outrage—refugee ban, environmental catastrophe, reorganization of the national security council. These things are…

Notes on Four Futures by Peter Frase, Note 3

Frase’s first solution is communism, which he says fits into the abundant and equality quadrant. However, it doesn’t take very long to expose the core problem of communism, and to demonstrate that this cannot work. Frase quotes Marx: “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.” (p.48). As social theories go,…

Notes on Four Futures by Peter Frase, Note 2

One of the problems faced by honest social theorists is that they too often set up paradigms of thought that are nothing but their own straw dogs to shoot down. Frase appears to be doing this in Four Futures. He starts by quoting Rosa Luxemborg: “Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to socialism…

Four Futures: Intro (Book by Peter Frase)

by Anthony Signorelli I am reading Peter Frase’s Four Futures and completed the Introduction. At this point, I make two observations. First, I do not understand why writers with socialist sympathies so often use fiction as a basis for figuring out the problems and challenges of a transforming world. Granted, I may be exposing my…