Author: Creston Davis

Aug
03

Trump’s Incarnation of the Racist State– George Elerick

By George Elerick   “… [this] sense of futility that comes from doing anything merely to prove to yourself that you can do it: having a child, climbing a mountain, making some sexual conquest, committing suicide. The marathon is a form of demonstrative suicide, suicide as advertising: it is running to show you are capable of […]

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Jul
30

The Collapse of Representative Democracy in the UK and US?– Kenneth Surin

by Kenneth Surin (Duke University)   The informed person aware of the recent political situations in the UK and US will certainly be cognizant of their political travails. There was the recent Brexit vote in the UK which culled several major politicians, including the Conservative prime minister David “Dodgy Dave” Cameron, but which is also […]

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Jul
28

The Johnny Cash Loving Tim Kaine–The Kenneth Surin Column

Johnny Cash, singing at Folsom Prison, California. See http://www.biography.com/people/johnny-cash-9240610/videos/johnny-cash-folsom-prison-blues-3260483849 by Professor Kenneth Surin, Duke University As was the case with the Republican National Convention last week, I can’t bring myself to watch its Democratic counterpart. American presidential conventions are the nearest thing to televised professional wrestling—they are fakery at the top, in the middle, and […]

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Jul
27

The Johnny Cash Loving Tim Kaine–The Kenneth Surin Column

Johnny Cash, singing at Folsom Prison, California. See http://www.biography.com/people/johnny-cash-9240610/videos/johnny-cash-folsom-prison-blues-3260483849 by Professor Kenneth Surin, Duke University As was the case with the Republican National Convention last week, I can’t bring myself to watch its Democratic counterpart. American presidential conventions are the nearest thing to televised professional wrestling—they are fakery at the top, in the middle, and […]

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Jul
25

GCAS Democracy Rising Philadelphia @ the University of Pennsylvania

Democracy Rising: Philadelphia Report &  Slideshow On July 24, GCAS organized our second annual Democracy Rising event, held at Slought (University of Pennsylvania). It was a day of dialogue and work, a time when over 60 artists, intellectuals, poets, activists, filmmakers and writers came together to frame the great challenges that confront us in our time. […]

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Jul
22

Revisiting Baudrillard’s “America” in the Age of Trump and the Kardashians–The Kenneth Surin Column

The GCAS Kenneth Surin Column Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion? (How serious people’s faces have become) Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly, Everyone going home lost in thought? Because night has fallen and the barbarians haven’t come. And some of our men just in from the border say There are no […]

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Jul
19

Summer 2016 in Europe: A Look Back– The Kenneth Surin Column

 We are back in the Empire, or more precisely, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, having spent 7 weeks in Europe (or “Yurp” as that fake Texan Dubya Bush used to call it). Europe– Paris, London, Lesvos, and Rome were our destinations—is troubled, although its splendours (the small bookshops and cafes and pubs) are still […]

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Jul
18

“People on the Move”: Europe’s Refugee Crisis Seen from Lesvos by Duke Professor, Kenneth Surin

I am in Lesvos to take part in the “Crossing Borders” conference, involving both activists and intellectuals, and dealing with the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. The conference is organized by the Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies in conjunction with the University of the Aegean. It is impossible to sit at a […]

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