The regime that continues to call itself “liberal-democratic” increasingly looks to be neither. Interesting times, my friends.

I am a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. But I live in the Bay Area.

I will say a bit more about myself and about the themes of this Substack in my initial post, “Welcome to Archedelia.”

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Toward a political theory of the present.


I do philosophically informed cultural criticism, often with an historical angle. One of my unifying themes is the felt lack of individual agency in contemporary life. Why do we feel so smothered and stultified?