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Metastate of Exception

The anthropocene means a “permanent” — intensifying, long-duration — state of exception. Reichstäglich fires: Western democracy burns and burns. It’s capital! The tire fire, the coal bed fire. Natural causes. A metastate of exception? What is a “metastate?” Wikipedia says: “In statistical mechanics, the metastate is a probability measure on the space of all thermodynamic states […]

Not Your President

“Not my president.” The phrase need not be thought defiant or felt as performance of defiance. It’s merely observational. Descriptive. Instead of subordinating himself to the position – or even pretending to – Trump subordinates it to himself. He overwrites the role with himself and in this sense he is not anyone’s president. This is the authoritarian style. He […]