Greater Bangladesh, India’s western conspiracy theory import

Christian Patterson2019-05-08Underground Mall It helps understanding conspiracy theories by comparing them to similar theories throughout the world. People who believe in conspiracy theories tend to believe their theories are restricted to the specific circumstance. For example, an Obama truther would say "There's no underlying ideology, ulterior motive, or wider cultural anxiety undermining my belief. It's … Continue reading Greater Bangladesh, India’s western conspiracy theory import

Peter Thiel’s Syllabus: Part One – Intro

Christian Patterson2019-02-12Underground MallIf you read my old blog (I'm assuming you didn't), you would know I wrote a lot about Peter Thiel. I plan on writing about him a lot more on this blog, and just haven't yet. I don't use this lightly, because I always avoid reducing my politics to something mystical, and I … Continue reading Peter Thiel’s Syllabus: Part One – Intro

ACLU should hire me to write them better canvasser scripts

Christian Patterson2019-02-04Underground Mall At the end of 2017, I temporarily worked as a canvasser for Grassroots Campaign, a for-profit organization that works on behalf of non-profits to fund raise. If you live in most large American cities with, you’ve probably encountered these canvassers. I only worked there for a month because you have to meet … Continue reading ACLU should hire me to write them better canvasser scripts

Santa Claus is a comrade, actually

Christian Patterson 2018+12+25 Underground Mall Christmas is my favorite holiday, so merry Christmas! I just wanted to make a small post in response to the Jacobin article posted yesterday. It's a joke post, and it's fine as that. It's not particularly funny, because it's written in the stuffy Jacobin house style, but I suppose it's … Continue reading Santa Claus is a comrade, actually

The Missionary killed by the Sentinelese IS a tragedy

Christian Patterson 2018-12-19 Underground Mall He may have been an Imperialist, and deserved what he got. But something can still be a Tragedy, all things considered. Ever since that story came out about American Missionary John Allen Chau was killed by the the Sentinelese tribe on an island territory of India, I have seen many … Continue reading The Missionary killed by the Sentinelese IS a tragedy

Gentrification is a Symptom of Concentrated Capital

Christian Patterson 2018-11-27 Underground Mall The time for challenging gentrification as a material, economic force has passed. We used to ask "how do we stop gentrification?". Or in more technical language, "how do we stop the flow of capital from the outside (suburbs) to the inside (cities)?" or sometimes the flow of capital from the … Continue reading Gentrification is a Symptom of Concentrated Capital

The Gripe Corner #1 – Movie Theaters

Christian Patterson 2018-10-29 Underground Mall I went to the movie theatre the other day. As I bought the tickets, it hit me: why do they have the glass that separates the ticket sellers? I get that it's movie theatre tradition, but there's lots of traditions we don't follow. Why are they so removed from us? … Continue reading The Gripe Corner #1 – Movie Theaters