Give McKenzie Wark credit. Getting in the ring with Guy Debord and his Situationist crew and making their quixotic vision of a world wholly unlike this one seem palatable and almost reasonable is an accomplishment.
Its rare to see an individual who dedicated his life to a celebrated calling come to the brink of rejecting everything he once accomplished. But that is what a titan of financein both a metaphorical and physical sensealmost did in the twilight of a vaunted career. Paul Volcker briefly asks himself what the hell hed done for the last half century.
Any mildly astute analyst of racial dynamics could have quickly debunked the idea that President Barack Obamas election represented the dawning of a post-racial age for America. A single election could not heal centuries of dehumanizing oppression and close a widening wealth and health gap between black and white Americans.
The clone artfully defends her actions against the state, exasperating the indoctrinated historian who cannot understand why anyone would want to rebel against a society that celebrates hyperconsumerism, capitalism, and authoritarianism.