The Hopeful Nihilist

Anthony J. Alaniz
A weekly newsletter covering the intersection of technology, democracy, and our place in this quickly changing world.
Created 11 Apr 2020
  • The Police Accountability System: 1
    13 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Farmers “arrest” local sheriff attempting to evict a Michigan woman from her farm, 1952. The Miami Beach Police Department earned itself a hat-trick earlier this month after video evidence caught its ...
  • Time Continues, But The Threat Remains
    05 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Footprint on the moon, photo by NASA on Unsplash I took a summer hiatus to enjoy the weather, ready for the fall, and organize my thoughts. I failed to complete all three, though I feel rested, but no...
  • Not So Hopeful, Today
    08 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Photo by Unjay Markiewicz on Unsplash. So this is really it, huh? An unending cascade of calamities until we check out? Probably from some form of cancer caused by the food we eat, the air we breathe,...
  • A Note On Today’s SCOTUS Voting Rights Ruling
    02 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    The United States Supreme Court, photo by Jesse Collins on Unsplash. This is an addendum to yesterday’s essay. Today’s US Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s racially restrictive voting rules is the lat...
  • Conservative Trigger Warning: American History
    01 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    MLK in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963, courtesy of History in HD on Unsplash. There's a thread within conservative thinking that peddle...
  • We’re Not Ready
    23 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    General Motors reveals its all-new modular platform and Ultium battery system, by Steve Fecht for General Motors. I was going to publish the essay I promised last week, but that has been pushed to nex...
  • No Surprises
    16 Jun 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    1963 Civil rights march on Washington, D.C., Photo by Warren K. Leffler courtesy of Library of Congress on Unsplash. There’s a much longer essay coming next week about the ongoing attacks against CRT ...
  • What’s The Fucking Point?
    09 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Photo by Miles Rothoerl from Pexels. Nearly 90 percent of Black American voters supported Joe Biden and the Democratic Party in 2020, saving this county from an authoritarian, anti-majoritarian, anti-...
  • Dispatches From Uncertainty: I
    02 Jun 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Photo by Airam Vargas Hi, how are you? Shitty, isn’t it? This whole thing—the pandemic, the mass death, the ongoing threat to democracy from an inept, lazy, and authoritarian-loving political party. H...
  • The Absurdity of Absurd
    26 May 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Landscape, Walter Clark, Smithsonian American Art Museum Absurd is a word that cannot exist. I know the previous sentence is, itself, absurd because I know, as you do, that it is a word. It’s been wri...
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