PaleoFuture: The Trench Destroyer (1917)

Via The design of this mobile dreadnaught, with its steel-tired, spoked wheels, suggests that its inventor may have been influenced by agricultural tractors or perhaps an amusement park Ferris wheel. The trench destroyer also embodies the common goal of military visionaries: maximum offensive power with total defensive security.

The Dialectic of the Object

It’s been around eight years since I first attempted Hegel’s Phenomenology, and it never ceases to amaze me how one can yet gain better comprehension of works such as this, devise better ways to re-articulate the arguments in one’s own language, each time one goes back and wrestles again with the challenging problems presented therein….


An article run by BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News on February 9th, 2010 read “Obama: I Don’t Begrudge JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs their multi-million dollar bonuses”, quoting Obama as saying “I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free-market system.” This of course led the…

Populism Left and Right

The Citizens United opinion handed down by the Supreme Court in January gave corporations a much greater freedom to spend on elections, which in turn produced a tidal wave of sky-is-falling concern on the left, especially throughout the progressive blogosphere, about the political impact. A Marxist acquaintance wrote me and others following the opinion under…

Three Meanings of the “Left”

Three distinct meanings of “left” in politics: (1) being on the left as an orientation of minorities, especially ethnic or cultural, toward marginalization by a dominant culture; (2) being on the left as an orientation of labor versus capital in economic relations; (3) being on the left as an orientation to critical thinking, independent reasoning…