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The Genius of Orwell

By Doug Mann, December 2020

Last night, some time around 13 o’clock, I stumbled across a newly colourized copy of the 1956 film version of Orwell’s classic novel 1984 on YouTube. Despite the leaden performance from American actors Edmund O’Brien and Jan Sterling as Winston and…

Hegel remarks somewhere that all the events and personalities of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. Karl Marx, 1852.

In the summer of 1789 most of Britain gazed across the Channel in horror…

Doug Mann, 2020

This is an introductory lecture on the culture wars I wrote for an undergraduate class at a Canadian university loosely connecting Gramsci and Marxism to digital culture. It was posted during the 2020 Corona Virus shutdown of civilization. …

A Review of Joker

By Doug Mann

If you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading this right now and check out your local show times. If you have, read on.

Todd Phillips’ Joker gives us something brand new in a comic book movie. To understand what it is, we also…

By Doug Mann

On March 5 of 2018 Jordan Peterson spoke at Queen’s University’s on the dangers of compelled speech in Canada. He was greeted by about 150 protestors. …

By Doug Mann

Recently I started plowing through a bunch of YouTube prog-rock videos from the late sixites and seventies, amazed at the musicianship of the bands in live performances: here were Gary Brooker and BJ Wilson of Procol Harum on piano and drums respectively playing “Pilgrim’s Progress,” there was…

By Doug Mann

In ancient Athens, shopkeepers, philosophers and politicians met at the foot of the Acropolis in the agora, the public square of the city. There they debated everything from the nature of justice to the wisdom of war against Sparta. There Socrates practised the dialectical method, asking the…

By Doug Mann

Back in 2010, nobody expected the identitarian inquisition. Their chief weapons are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical devotion to identity politics.

They have come to dominate universities, centrist and leftist political parties, much of the mass media, and the most powerful corporate tech giants.

By Doug Mann

“In revolutions authority remains with the greatest scoundrels.”

Georges Danton

Allons Enfants de la Patrie

It was the fall of 1792. From the barricades and political clubs of Paris, patriotes shouted the slogan liberté, egalité, fraternité. In the National Convention the moderate republicans from the Gironde sat…

Doug Mann

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