Technocracy and Its Discontents

Supporters of President Donald Trump watch a video during a campaign event in Lansing, Mich., Oct. 27, 2020 (Photo by Nicole Hester for Mlive.com and Ann Arbor News, via AP)
Supporters of President Donald Trump watch a video during a campaign event in Lansing, Mich., Oct. 27, 2020 (Photo by Nicole Hester for Mlive.com and Ann Arbor News, via AP)

Among the images that circulated in the aftermath of last month’s Capitol insurrection, one video stood apart, an almost iconic representation of the mob unleashed. In it, an enraged supporter of Donald Trump wields a pole flying the American flag to repeatedly strike a police officer who, having been dragged down the stone steps of the Capitol, lies at the crowd’s feet. The video requires no deep analysis to identify the violence it portrays as a threat to liberal democracy. A very different video that began to go viral in late September is of another register altogether. In it, a […]

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