New York is going through a troubled coronavirus: socializing itself a major target for left-authoritarian politicians (arguably with good reason). But without the melting pot of best-in-America social life, New York becomes little more than a less aesthetically shocking analogue for a vast human-battery pod hive. Is Brooklyn a viable escape? Is anywhere?
FASCISM OR FREEDOM? When most people think of an authoritarian state, it brings to mind scenes like the ecstatic battalions of Sturmabteilung and Schultzstaffel in the swastika-bedecked Luitpoldarena of the Nuremberg rallies (consider the Fuhrer’s exhortations of Nazi folk nationalism) or the pale Russian crowds lining the streets of Moscow
a general theory of collaboration In 2020, everyone is either a collaborator or a dissident. Everything is about power. Everything has to have a side. Everyone knows what side they should pick. Pick it—and you’re a collaborator. Reject it—a dissident. Nor are these labels chosen to mean that dissidents are
the action imperative Political detachment might seem sociopathic. It isn’t. Almost 250 years ago in a city that has vanished, the philosopher Immanuel Kant—a single shelf of whose work, to paraphrase Macaulay, is worth more than all of 21st-century literature—proposed an ethical standard for collective action. The Kantian categorical imperative—an