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“But, if constructing the future and settling everything for all times are not our affair, it is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be.” - Karl Marx, 1843

If the above extract from a letter by Karl Marx resonates with you, dear reader, you have come to the right place. I am the weird drunk dude you meet at a party who inflicts upon you a 30 minute tirade on the current state of affairs in politics, history, the Middle East, and video games. If, by some bizarre reason, you find those tirades amusing or enlightening, then this newsletter aims to build on that.

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Right handed leftist. Feydakin to Paul Atriedes. Co-host of Das Criminal podcast.