What is the half-life of Dasein?

Thomas Piketty’s new book on twenty-first century capitalism is all the rage. Back 2001, it was Hardt and Negri’s Empire that appeared on everyone’s syllabus. Empire was good for networking at conferences at Columbia and CUNY; it was hook up reading material in Upper West Side and West Village cafes. Perhaps this book will serve the same functions. But the economic system rolls on just the same.

In the “red state failure” category: in its rush to kill, Oklahoma botched an execution and had to stay a second execution planned for the same inning.

The same failed state has passed a law mandating the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance once a week by public school students.

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