Tag Archives: social theory

Appearances.

He wasn’t trying to show off—he was only trying to show up.

Conventionally-measured success?

As if there were any other kind? “Success” is the very index of a “convention.”

H.G. Wells, “The Time Machine.”

The dystopian vision of industrial capitalism is undercut and strengthened by its fear of monstrous workers.

Addition and subtraction are basic to social order.

Multiplication (e.g. “multiculturalism”) or division (e.g. “factionalization”) are simply reiterations of these elementary operations.

Ironic times.

No, irony is not the mark of your sophistication. It is the mark of your self-reflexive conformism.

The best club ever.

I was a member, I didn’t know it, and I’m cool with it.

Two paths of loneliness.

The loneliness of the shooter is radically anti-social; the loneliness of the conformist is radically social.

I don’t care what you think about me.

I’m far more worried about what you might do about me.

These animals deserve no blame for scavenging.

Our society, though, deserves some blame for breeding all these vultures and hyenas.