Tag Archives: Julian Assange

The Deconstruction of the Administrative State

Jacques Derrida’s 1967 work Of Grammatology introduced the idea of deconstructionism – and no one knew what the hell he was talking about. Words have meaning only because of contrast-effects with other words. No word can acquire meaning in the way in which … Continue reading

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American Tribal Warfare

This can’t be happening. The two tribes went to war on a Thursday night in Washington, with the intelligence agencies – the CIA and FBI and NSA and all the rest – dropping the hammer on Tribe Trump: Senior officials … Continue reading

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Paranoid and Vindictive Men

People still send letters – somehow they’re more substantial than emails, or tweets. They’re physical. They have gravitas. Actually they have mass – an ounce or two. The laws of gravity apply, and letters are usually trouble. They’re usually official … Continue reading

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Satisfying National Security

Saturday mornings in Hollywood are difficult. Los Angeles is on the far side of a thousand miles of desert, and when the angry sun edges up over the Griffith Observatory, one hill over, it kind of hurts. It’s going to … Continue reading

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Keeping Secrets

The dividing line was June, 1981 – there was before, and then there was after. Before, it was growing up in Pittsburgh, college in Ohio, graduate school in North Carolina, then teaching English at a prep school in upstate New … Continue reading

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No Secrets

Everyone tracks everything now and there are no secrets. Leave your cell phone on and someone, somehow, can know exactly where you are – or where your cell phone is – within a few feet. Buy anything with debit or … Continue reading

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As the World Burns

Shakespeare gave us one of the all-time nasty guys in the play Othello, in that curious little fellow Iago, who has figured out how the world really works. Who you are and what you’ve done, and what you’re doing at … Continue reading

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