(Video) Dictatorship: A Forbidden History – Part 5 Die Diktatur

The next instalment of my documentary on dictatorship has been released. This series is to support the release of my new book The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship (which is being given away for free this weekend, the 9-10 April). In this part, Carl Schmitt’s journey from justifying commissary dictatorship to justifying the sovereign dictatorship of…

Why Carl Schmitt Would Oppose the War on Terror (Probably)

Every now and then on Twitter I type in the name “Carl Schmitt” and see what’s up with the social media discussion on the German jurist. Invariably, there are new book releases and papers out; there are upcoming conferences; of course quotes from the great man; and even some humour. With every ying there’s a…

The Concept of the Social

THE CONCEPT OF THE SOCIAL Remarks on Schmitt’s Political and Ibn Khaldun’s ‘Asabiyah P.0 Introduction This forum has the theme of freedom. I want to discuss this theme in terms of politics. Two political viewpoints will be juxtaposed in this discussion. On one side is the political theory of individualism. Without a doubt, contemporary politics…

New Documentary: “Dictatorship: A Forbidden History”

Please click on the link below to watch my new (so new it’s my first!) documentary on dictatorship. The documentary is intended to put dictatorship in a historical context & to frame it as a problem in political philosophy. Please note that if viewed from mobile the settings must be changed. Details are given below…

Dictatorship Blog: 7 November 2015

I have set myself a task a little Herculean for someone like me. The task is to maintain a ‘log’ recorded on the ‘web’ (blogs, as they are called!!) and to maintain it day-by-day. The log will be maintained for the book that I am currently writing.

Economic Theology

Economic theology is a little bit different from political theology. Political theology emphasizes power and the unity of an entity. These are necessary for political power. Economic theology on the other hand emphasizes the sinfulness of the individual, his worthlessness, his contriteness.

Chrissie Hynde, AJE, Carl Schmitt, and the Concrete Situation

Carl Schmitt was a jurist of the concrete situation. He always looked at what the circumstances at any particular moment were. Two news stories that went viral over the weekend reminded me of Carl Schmitt. Without pre-judging what Schmitt may have thought about the cases, we can at least have some idea of how Schmitt…

Watching Us From A Distance: From Deism to Atheism

Deism essentially meant that Man no longer could appeal to God because God was now distant. Instead the most powerful humans became like gods. It was natural for atheism, with its religion of humanity, to become popular because a God who can’t act is in reality no God at all.

A Hip-Hoppers Guide to Carl Schmitt

Carl Schmitt was a controversial German jurist who made valuable contributions to political philosophy. His writings were academic in nature. Yet can we discuss Schmitt in more ‘down-to-earth’ language? One will give it a spin and attempt to break it down.

What is in a name?

Names are the forms by which we label things but they are the facade of something far deeper. We pronounce when we name, we make legal or illegal via a naming form but behind the name there lies something mysterious.