The Spectacle and the Square

Posted on March 6, 2014 in Infernal Machine
The ancient Greeks bestowed to European civilization three great political technologies: the spectacle, the square, and rhetoric. This long winter we have seen each at work in remarkable ways in Russia and Ukraine.
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Where the Disappeared Reappear

Posted on March 25, 2014 in Infernal Machine
To be “disappeared”—a perverse if starkly accurate use of the passive voice—is not just to be kidnapped or killed. It is to be removed from the political world in such a way that no public memory or imagination is allowed.
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