Happy Christmas

I’m trying to take a real break – no extra reading, side projects, or commentary while I’m on leave. A difficult thing if your job is also your hobby. So, see you all in the New Year, and a joyful Christmas to all. Advertisements

Subtitles: seminar 3, Beast and Sovereign I

An interesting exercise: to subtitle Derrida’s seminar. You can see how he puts questions in place in order to frame the main analysis. The centre piece of seminar three is really the juxtaposition between Schmitt and Macchiavelli’s interpretation of what is proper to politics. I’ll publish a proper summary of this soon, but I thought… Continue reading Subtitles: seminar 3, Beast and Sovereign I

Gaming colonialism

Teaching my five-year old son to play Risk last night. “What does ‘conquer’ mean?” “Why do you attack another country?” When you have to explain all the concepts involved in a game that is basically colonial expansion, it suddenly feels a whole lot less innocent. Serious point, or bleeding-heart liberal? Is here an alternative to… Continue reading Gaming colonialism