"Power is evil in itself, whoever wields it.

It is not a stable state but a craving,

and for that very reason impossible to satisfy,

hence inherently unhappy, and must make others unhappy."


Jacob Burckhardt, Weltgeschichtliche Betrachtungen, 1905



Diary of a Derelict

Translated from the German by Paul Noske


February 24, 2017

... and the USA... und Mexico... and Columbia... and El Salvador... and Brazil... and Burundi... and Nigeria... and Mali... and Lybia... and Yemen...und the Central African Republic ... and the Democratic Republic of Kongo... and Sudan... and South Sudan... and Egypt... and Syria... and Israel... and Palestine... and Turkey ... and Pakistan... and India.... and the Philippines... and Myanmar... and Afghanistan... and the Ukraine... and Russia... und never does it stop...


February 23, 2017

The US military is in deep water. The rising sea level is threatening to engulf 128 of its bases over the next decades. But the president doesn't believe in climate change and is cutting funds to the environmental agency.

The pacifists in the Pacific are already rejoicing. The perfect disarmament program: water up, weapons down. And with a bit of luck, the Russians and Chinese will also drown on the other side.


February 22, 2017

If the opposite of everything that is true is also true, then a lie is impossible and the number 132 is a joke about the size of 133.


February 21, 2017

Autocratic politics is concrete. It just starts somewhere, breaks the first one out of the row of opponents, then the next, the next... Some people get hit twice, some not at all. The holes are not linked, they are simply two impacts next to each other. Unforeseeable, who gets busted next. The shots seem to come indiscriminately, yet they all have a goal and a system too. They create their own order in the impact. They are the memory of the one who fires.


February 20, 2017

Flowchart of a Democracy


1. Maintain composure

2. Uphold constitution

3. Feel consternation

4. Experience constitutional collapse


(5. Maintain composure)


February 19, 2017

Hell is other people, but getting used to it, that’s us.


February 18, 2017

Scott proved it


First I fought the environmental agency,

Now I rule it from above,

Because what, about them, agitated me,

Was that dirty air, they did not love.


Our climate will not change,

And if it does, God wanted it so,

His plan we shall not rearrange,

For eternity he would resent us, you know.


So I’ll keep supporting the guys

From the coal and oil industry,

The green idiots can start to exercise,

Their understanding of climatology.


February 17, 2017

Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Perfect choice. Only needs 20x20 feet to do business. Donated a lot. And the best thing: she has thirty years of experience in producing and selling fake realities. Wonderfully Worthy Entrepreneur!


February 16, 2017

...and there are people like Stephen Miller, and when I see him, I want to laugh (but this isn’t possible because the situation is too serious) and drown him out (but I can’t, because he’s on every channel) and put the TV in black and white (because that matches the era he comes from). He, Stephen Miller, who recently declared: "If anybody said anything really, really heinous about me, it’s not true."

He really meant this. He can say this. He is Trump’s primary speech writer.


February 15, 2017

The American Action Forum is hosting its annual regulation rodeo. Whoever bucks off the most regulations in the shortest possible time will be elected as the superbull.

Bully boy Donald takes the paperwork by the horns. According to the AAF, he has already saved over 24 million hours of paperwork. In just 27 days! Super American!


February 14, 2017

Trudeau met Trump - the beauty visited the beast. If it were only that simple... Both want the oil in order to rinse the sand from the gears of the Keystone Pipeline. The lubricants diplomacy has only just begun.


February 13, 2017

So it goes: First the French bestow the Statue of Liberty on the Americans so the world can see the freedom that exists in both countries. Then the Americans build a wall from the Pacific Ocean to the Golf of Mexico to keep their freedom. The French then erect a wall, around the Eiffel Tower, so that freedom will be protected there as well. And finally, freedom gives the rest of the world statues of French people and Americans so everyone can see that it is freedom for which monuments, in the form of walls, are being built in both countries.


February 12, 2017

Golf courses are the Arcadia of the powers that be.


February 11, 2017

Me lanija (Slovenian) means: "I keep slient".


February 10, 2017

One doesn’t speak about the global gag rule. Go buy Ivanka’s stuff! Try out her bags too. You’ll find millions of unwanted babies in them. Dirt cheap. African prices. Babies with HIV are even cheaper! If you can’t afford them, just buy Ivanka’s shoes. They walk by themselves. Blood red down the legs. Doesn’t matter. Maternal death from illegal abortions is a gag anyway. However, it’s not nice that the women croak. Every year there’ll be 50,000 less whose pussies you can grab.


February 09, 2017

The military-industrial complex has reached the status of a trinity. The school system is now affiliated with it. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family - the monetized ecumenism.


February 08, 2017

Trump! Trump! Trump! And no words about love ...


February 07, 2017

Maybe America was just a dream, a place in our heads, and now that it’s emerging like a primeval creature out of a swamp, like a churning lump of meat from a boiling broth, we can’t believe it, and we hope it’s the flesh of the creature, what we see there, and we wish for it to be slaughtered, and that the image of this monster, crawling out of its swamp, only exists in our heads.


February 06, 2017

People with mental disorders can now buy weapons again, following a

decision by the US House of Representatives. The National Rifle Association is rejoicing - and the mentally ill too. For those who can show they have a multiple personality disorder, it's buy one assault rifle get one free.


February 05, 2017

Diaries are the annals of the average Joe.


February 04, 2017

Slowly decomposing bodies beneath custom-made suits. Overbred brains that want to let off steam. Wall Street. New freedom. Instead of prosecution, the anti-wailing wall. The prayer notes all read like decrees from the White House.


February 03, 2017

The US is taking in boat people from the Australian camps. According to Trump, the Department of Homeland Security will examine each individual closely. But there's one thing they won't find in any of them - human dignity. The Australians have already taken it from them.


February 02, 2017

I cannot imagine how the world will look in four years, after the end of Trump’s presidency. But even more unimaginable, for me, is how the entries in this diary will look then. It seems as though the portrayal of a time requires more imagination than the time itself.

Well, why not? All historiography is a self-distancing. The writer keeps pace only with himself. The imaginary is the most powerful force in history.

February 01, 2017

Donald Trump - an anagrammar of action

Chapter 1
Darn Mud Plot!

Chapter 2
Damp Lord Nut!

Chapter 3
Punt Mad Lord!


January 31, 2017

A fine word does nothing against rough decrees. If it wants to achieve something, tactfulness must become flesh.


January 30, 2017

Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture. The good-natured grandfather face conceals the grotesque face of the ruthless agricultural industry. Organic farming, support for small farms, animal welfare, workers' rights, measures to combat climate change - it's all over and done with now. C'est perdue.


January 29, 2017

The German minister of war orders six CARE packages made of metal, and the American armorer gives them to her. He is the Super Hercules. A tall, strong man who built himself a transatlantic see-saw, and who sits on one side, so that the thin woman on the other side can fly.


January 28, 2017

εἰρωνεία / eironeia (a factogram)

Irony means to hide. Its absence, in Trump’s case, is a twofold obviousness.


January 27, 2017

Trump is the savior of television. He gets his news from TV and responds to it via Twitter. He has reversed the reporting chain. But that basically changes nothing. HE is the event - and whatever way you hold a chain doesn’t matter anyhow. The important thing is that you hold it in your hand.


January 26, 2017

The New Furor speaks: "The beginning of my words is the end of your world."


I: ex

M: k.o.


January 25, 2017

In the White House, white men with white hair meet each other in order to erase Obamacare as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, in the coal mines of Kentucky, white men with black lungs are regretting their vote. If Obamacare is abolished, their health insurance will burst like lung cavities under high pressure. Gray days for them.


January 24, 2017

My words change nothing. They sit beside reality, watching it come true. It’s as if they were watching TV. That’s nice, and it makes me happy. Just like the declining influence of literature. At the zero degree, a new freedom exists.


January 23, 2017

Washington D.C., 8 degrees, rain and a storm warning from the National
Weather Service. That needs to change! Paper and ink will fix it. Storm
warnings in future to be drafted by the Oval Office. Everything home and dry. Superpowermonday.


January 22, 2017

Donald complains that the press is encouraging the dissension. He recognizes this by his hair. The splits have increased. Melania has gone to buy hair care products. With these he’ll unify the nation.


January 21, 2017

On the back side of the protests against the newly inaugurated, familiarization patiently awaits its turn. It will come, just as he has. Normality is feasibility plus time.


January 20, 2017

Inauguration: The bird takes off and interprets its own flight. Only on the seared skin of its face, tanned from within, will its actions bear the character of a victim.