Quotable (#219)

The NYT talks to Thiel:

His critics demanded to know how someone who immigrated from Frankfurt to Cleveland as a child could support a campaign so bristling with intolerance. How could a gay man back someone who will probably nominate Supreme Court justices inclined to limit rights for gays and women? How could a futurist support a cave man who champions fossil fuels, puts profits over environmental protection and insists that we can turn back the clock on the effects of globalization on American workers?

“There are reduced expectations for the younger generation, and this is the first time this has happened in American history,” Mr. Thiel says. “Even if there are aspects of Trump that are retro and that seem to be going back to the past, I think a lot of people want to go back to a past that was futuristic …

That “a past that was futuristic” thought could go somewhere — all we need is a name for it.

3 thoughts on “Quotable (#219)

  1. >That “a past that was futuristic” thought could go somewhere — all we need is a name for it.

    Isn’t the sense of longing for a past that was futuristic/longing for a past in which a positive futurity could be glimpsed basically what Mark Fisher describes as ‘hauntology’?

  2. from my humble knockledge ot this kind things a past that was futuristic means a time when the future was related with human at its core. i think thats is even why the recent love for hardware machines in the music trends of nowadays…. the other future. the digital future is posthuman.

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