The Ludic Log

Leonard Pierce
Weekly cosmoplastic dispatches for pre-apocalyptic times.
Created 10 Jun 2020
  • On Libertarians
    30 Sep 2021 • 13 min read • 1 1
    Thanks to John Perich of Disparaging the Boot for penning this outstanding guest entry. John, you’re a hero of the people and I have a medal that says so. Social media has forced us all to confront th...
  • On Conservatives
    30 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    In a lot of ways, conservativism is the most immediately comprehensible of political ideologies, especially if its practitioner is from the U.S. or the U.K. At its heart, conservativism is saying “I g...
  • On Fascists
    26 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 4 0
    Communism may have defined itself in the 19th century as the specter haunting Europe, but in the 20th and beyond, the animating spirit of the age has been fascism. Fascism is everywhere and nowhere at...
  • On Anarchists
    01 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 4 0
    Want to start an argument on the internet? Just type the word “anarchism” into a browser window. They’ll find you. They always find you. Far more than any of our current political tendencies — more so...
  • On Liberals
    12 Jul 2021 • 11 min read • 3 1
    What is liberalism? As in all things, we must first start with the word, with the definition of that word, and with how that definition reflects what exists in the world. In this regard, liberalism is...
  • A Fifth Future
    10 Jun 2021 • 6 min read
    Imagine this future: We are all alive. Perhaps we do not live for as long as we used to; perhaps there are fewer of us. Certainly, our quality of life has degraded tremendously. But there has been no ...
  • A great and perhaps decisive battle
    04 Apr 2021 • 8 min read
    One of the most persistent beliefs of modern American politics, holding sway since the post-war era, is that you can increase participation in democracy by simply giving voters the proper tools. There...
  • Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
    15 Mar 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    The left, it is often said by people who think they’re on the left but aren’t, is a circular firing squad: The reason it never makes any progress is because it can’t unify behind a single ideology, po...
  • A Journey to Nowhere
    03 Mar 2021 • 8 min read
    It is the easiest thing in the world to be a pessimist. All one has to do is wake up in the morning. Pessimism, though, as the great Gramsci articulated, leaves only the intellect in charge and ignore...
  • Always Plays It Safe
    24 Feb 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    It has been a gospel of neoliberalism ever since it began its dominance of the American economy over forty years ago: privatize profit, publicize risk. No longer happy to simply make profit the sole m...
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