utopia of rules

One of the central arguments of this essay so far is that structural violence creates lopsided structures of the imagination. Those on the bottom of the heap have to spend a great deal of imaginative energy trying to understand the social dynamics that surround them – including having to imagine the perspectives of those on top – while the latter can wander about largely oblivious to much of what is going on around them. That is, the powerless not only end up doing most of the actual, physical labour required to keep society running, they also do most of the interpretive labor as well.

David Graeber, Utopia of Rules


Ein Artikel über das harte Leben von Ameisen in einem polnischen Atombunker.

The wood-ant ‘colony’ described here – although superficially looking like a functioning colony with workers teeming on the surface of the mound – is rather an example of survival of a large amount of workers trapped within a hostile environment in total darkness, with constantly low temperatures and no ample supply of food. The continued survival of the ‘colony’ through the years is dependent on new workers falling in through the ventilation pipe. The supplement of workers more than compensates for the mortality rate of workers such that through the years the bunker workforce has grown to the level of big, mature natural colonies.

Nachtrag: Bei Heuschrecken wäre es anders gelaufen.

Noch ein Nachtrag: Wenn Sie nicht in Löcher fallen, züchten sie zweifarbige Blattlaus-Kolonien.


Once upon a time, a guy came to believe that he had a computer chip in his head.

So he tried to find out whether this was real or him being schizophrenic.

It turned out both was true.