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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. 7a1abfde-af0e-11e0-b72c-000bcdcb5194
    August 22, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    "Social collapse into anarchy"

    Unless this means collapse into a peaceful, egalitarian world without coercive authority, where all human relationships are voluntary, this seems to be sliding into the defamatory use of the term "anarchy."


  2. Elizabeth Sandifer
    August 22, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    It is, certainly, though to be fair, the word is broad and does cover "state of nature/nasty, brutal, and short" among other things. I mean, the fear is not anarchists taking over, it's Mad Max.


  3. 7a1abfde-af0e-11e0-b72c-000bcdcb5194
    August 22, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Well, sure — the word is used to mean "chaos and violence" in the same way that the word "jew" used to be (and in some circles still is) used as a verb. But both uses carry dubious presuppositions. The Hobbesian use of "anarchy" carries the presupposition that to be without an archos (ruler) is to be in a state of chaotic violence.


  4. Elizabeth Sandifer
    August 22, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    The difference being that "Jew" is not already stretched to include syndicalist anarchism and anarcho-capitalism. I mean, I feel like "anarchy" is a word that's stretched to where it has numerous contradictory meanings even among the ones used positively.


  5. Jesse
    August 22, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    I should point out here for the benefit of Rod (or "7a1abfde-af0e-11e0-b72c-000bcdcb5194," as he's known in these parts), that Philip is, IIRC, a former anarchist.


  6. Elizabeth Sandifer
    August 22, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Not with any particular activeness, though I have in the past been and remain largely sympathetic to left-anarchist ideologies and causes.


  7. 7a1abfde-af0e-11e0-b72c-000bcdcb5194
    August 22, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    Well, anarchy as a genus certainly has incompatible species; but most genera do. "Opposition to a wide range of forms of domination and authority, specifically including the existence of the state" seems to cover the species pretty well, I think.

    Moreover, disputes among Jews as to who counts as a "real" Jew are not entirely unknown. (I have a friend of Jewish background who wants to identify as a Jew — but his mother wasn't Jewish, so he fails one criterion; and he's an atheist, so he fails another criterion. So he decided to express his Jewishness by giving up pork.)

    On a completely different note, weren't you tempted to title your post on "Spearhead from Space" "The Man Who Fell to Earth"?


  8. Scale Worm
    August 27, 2011 @ 5:21 am

    Nice Post. All Hail Bowie!


  9. jane
    April 11, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    "Created to counter eschatology, to turn the fetishized spectacle of death into a mad celebration, this comeback is not his final move but his first."

    I know this is, like, six months out of date (and actually more) but this phrase reminds me of a scene from Night at the Museum, where Stiller is tracking the Pharoah and wonders why he'd "go back" to the Museum — jump cut to a huge party at the museum.

    Without getting into a tedious explanation of what it means to "go back" (think Whittaker's alchemy) it evokes the same ethos of The Big Bang, and it its attendant celebration at the end, turning away from fetishized spectacle and towards the mad celebration of the Wedding (and again, think of Whittaker's alchemy.)

    Brilliant stuff here, Phillip.


  10. James Murphy
    October 9, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    "Loved too much to ever be hurt, knowing she can get away with anything, well aware of our gaze, Jo smiles and goes about her business. The Doctor grasps her hand, stares adoringly at his companion, and they run off from whatever monster is chasing them this week, she having the time of her life, he deludedly thinking he's actually in charge here and that he exists for something other than her pleasure."

    This is amazing.


  11. Harald
    March 8, 2015 @ 5:12 pm

    "You're squawking like a pink monkey bird," Bowie intones, … parrotrollingspider.blogspot.de


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