All this makes clear what we all kind of knew: that institutional stability and continuity is partisan issue and has been for a long time.
I’ve long joked that the Democrats are the party of “having a government at all,” but it’s not actually a joke.
I know the institutional structure was never “really” neutral, but I think we’re going to miss that enabling fiction going forward.
Because once everything is politicized, you are already virtually in a state of civil war. And the other side has all the guns.
This is where Zizek’s claim that the shock to the system from Trump could be good is so irresponsible and just plain dumb.
Trump doesn’t open up the space for political contestation, he destroys it.
[Editor’s note: This is kind of a shorter version of my Schmittian Reflections on the Election.]