Jan Svenungsson


January 10, 2021 – "Nuclear"
It's quite an escalation, in the current US situation of rampant post-modernism, to read about Nancy Pelosi contacting the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asking him to "keep an unstable President from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike." To which General Milley had to answer that if the president's order is legal (such as asking for a strike on Iran), it would have to be carried out. Not doing it, would constitute a military coup.

In a column in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet writer Lena Andersson has this to say (in my translation):

Different issues have different character and should be analyzed accordingly. In some matters, emotions are crucial. If it feels like you have won a presidential election, it says nothing about the outcome. But if a president felt it was breaking his soul to lose and sought therapeutic help for it, then emotions would be central.

The collapse of sensible society with solid institutions and peaceful transfer of power, that we witnessed during the week in Washington DC can be seen as the culmination of a long ideological battle in order to give primacy to feeling.

The view of knowledge that four years ago allowed the Trump camp to claim that his installation had the most participants in history - because it felt that way and anyway, everything is just stories from different perspectives - was the one that also guided his followers when on Wednesday, rightfully as they saw it, they stormed in over the beautiful old floors of the Capitol, occupied by themselves and their cellphone cameras.

The last half century's ideas of subjective truths have led to a large-scale intellectual regression; a kind of humanity's return to the stage of development where the child does not fully understand what it means that others exist and think; the stage where the child does not yet know how pronouns work; that they are a link between the person and his placement in the general, in the structure.


January 1, 2021 – "One"
It's the first day of the new year. For a while now, I have been saying to everybody that it will surely be better than 2020. I guess we all do.

At umpteen tables yesterday, the question will have been raised what was good about 2020? Many will have answered "that Trump lost". I did. When I think about it, I realize that without the pandemic – he would have won.

An art-related answer I gave refered to my part of the Stoa project. My column is a dancing, drunk, loose, sloppy... form. Together with Pascal Marturella I was able to build a 3D translation in brick of what these words express. Thinking about it makes me happy. To me, this was a pure art making experience. And it will last!

I am curious what 2021 will bring.