by Chris Horner The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear. —Gramsci Frontispiece to Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651) Does a crisis show us what we are ‘really like’? Whether it does or not, it has already been instructive to experience this one, in which our institutions are being stress tested, perhaps to destruction. As many have noted, COVID-19 is a political and economic crisis as well as a medical one. Its size and complexity can leave us groping around for the … Continue reading
Before I saw Good Time, I feared for the future of cinema. Everywhere I looked there were posters for superhero blockbusters, predictable action movies and empty Hollywood comedies. Even great auteurs like Paul Thomas Anderson have slowed down. If you wanted great films, you’d better log into Netflix and watch Better Call Saul. It seemed like there was little hope of a revitalised film scene. Then I discovered the Safdie brothers. I was lucky enough to be recommended Good Time (2017) by a friend, who was attracted by its soundtrack composed by experimental musician Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never). This was just … Continue reading
Planet Of The Humans, or ‘POTH’ as some people are calling it, has really touched a nerve in the environmentalist movement. Not least because the documentary has serious flaws and makes some bold claims about renewables, while not really specifying a clear way forward. On the one hand, POTH presents a very depressing view of the green energy industry and the prospects for replacing fossil fuels with renewable alternatives like solar power. But, on the other hand, the film makes two positive claims it barely develops: 1) the world’s population growth rate is the real problem, and, 2) the population has … Continue reading
After much speculation, the long-awaited Mueller report has proved to be a big nothing burger served up for the American public on paper plates while the US mainstream media pretends otherwise. But the Democrats have left themselves with few options left as the race to 2020 begins.
The bombing campaign against Yugoslavia that began on March 24 1999 was the first time NATO went to war. The 78-day campaign, known as Operation Allied Force, was officially conducted to protect civilians. They had been caught in the middle of the conflict between the secessionist insurgents of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and Yugoslavian security forces. The conflict had dramatically escalated in 1998, when the KLA began an armed campaign to end the Yugoslavian (or, more specifically, Serbian) rule over Kosovo. Even now, 20 years after the intervention, and despite the military, diplomatic and financial investments of Western powers in Kosovo, a … Continue reading