Our century…

Will be a century of iron and storms. It will not resemble those harmonious futures predicted up to the 1970s. It will not be the global village prophesied by Marshall MacLuhan in 1966, or Bill Gates’ planetary network, or Francis Fukuyama’s end of history: a liberal global civilization directed by a universal state. The Third…

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Dance over the abyss

If you look into an abyss, the abyss, likewise, looks into you. This self-addressed pæan of intoxicated happiness is, I know, regarded by modern physicians as a morbid euphoria, as the last pleasure in a decaying brain, as the stigma of that megalomania which is characteristic of the early stage of paralytic dementia. But Nietzsche…

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Master Builders

A Typology of the Spirit by Stefan Zweig Translated from the German by Eden and Cedar Paul Viking Press, 1930 PART TWO The Struggle with the Daimon Hölderlin Kleist Nietzsche Excerpted from the introduction: Hölderlin, Kleist, and Nietzsche are obviously alike even in respect of the outward circumstances of their lives; they stand under the…

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