Painting with Light, Writing with Purpose

Last year, some friends and I worked on a writing project together to explore what it meant, for us, to build community. We called the project "Lucenti" for the Latin verb meaning "to shine light; or, to light up what's obscured by darkness." I'm proud of the work we did together. But all good things … Continue reading Painting with Light, Writing with Purpose

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Why Capital Drugged its Workers into Submission #thisbrokenmachine

In November 1960, the so-called "father of psychopharmacology," H.E. Lehman, published a remarkable article in the Journal of Occupational Medicine. A Canadian psychiatrist, Lehman had proved instrumental in bringing the first antipsychotic drug to North America. Chlorpromazine had released tens of thousands of schizophrenics from their institutional chains. Even when it caused lethargy, involuntary twitching, and weight … Continue reading Why Capital Drugged its Workers into Submission #thisbrokenmachine

The Unraveling

The nightmare of the human condition is not, as so many people have suggested, that we are beings toward death. The nightmare of the human condition is that every human consciousness exists in isolation. We have so far discovered no way to bridge the gap between one consciousness and another, and so, until some techno-wizardry … Continue reading The Unraveling

Mallets and Chisels, Ruptures and Schisms

The utopian impulse is not unique to either the Left or the Right. People from both sides of the political aisle dream of building a world that conforms to their personal moral taste. This of course says nothing of their ability––or, indeed, their conviction––to take dreams and make them reality. You may not appreciate the … Continue reading Mallets and Chisels, Ruptures and Schisms