Unrelated Thoughts

Poems that are not in The End of the Word as We Know It, by Wes Unruh

selected reading list


Apocalyptic Faith and Political Violence: Prophets of Terror by James F. Rinehart
Chapter 3: The Mediating Role of the Prophet + Chapter 4: Alienation and the Quest for Renewal
A study of the rhetorical efficacy of eliminationist tropes to market terror.

Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray
Chapter 4: The Americanization of the Apocalypse + Chapter 5: Armed Missionaries
A critique of the mythological effect of 9/11 on the American political zeitgeist.

Black Sun by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
Chapter 8: Nazi UFOs, Antarctica and Aldebaran + Chapter 12: Christian Identity and Creativity + Chapter 14: Conspiracy Beliefs and the New World Order
A review of the influence of folktale and myth on developing terministic screens in counterpublic spheres.

Faces of the Enemy: Reflections of the Hostile Imagination (The Psychology of Enmity) by Sam Keen
Part 1: Archetypes of the Enemy; Apparitions of the Hostile Imagination
A critique of visual representations of the enemy through propaganda, describing specific archetypal enemy stereotypes.

The Beast Reawakens by Martin A. Lee
Chapter 6: A Gathering Storm
A case study of the social, political, and individual enforcers of Denialism as it relates to the Holocaust.

The Communication of Hate by Michael Waltman and John Haas
Chapter 3: Conceptual Properties of Hate-Motivated Speech + Chapter 4: Hate Speech and the Internet
A case study of common aspects of hostility as expressed in text, speech, and in online settings.

The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo
Chapter 10: The Stanford Prison Experiment’s Meaning and Messages: The Alchemy of Character Transformation + Chapter 12, 13: Investigating Social Dynamics: Power, Conformity, and Obedience / Deindividuation, Dehumanization, and the Evil of Inaction
A case study of the power of roles to create social institutions where cruelty is performed.

The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda by Scott Straus
Chapter 5: Why Perpetrators Say They Committed Genocide + Chapter 6: The Logic of Genocide
An ethnographic study of the Rwandan genocide from a journalistic perspective.

Worse than War by Daniel J. Goldhagen
Chapter 3: Why They Begin + Chapter 5: Why the Perpetrators Act + Chapter 8: Thinking and Acting
A critical analysis of a number of historical events and social institutions which performed genocide.


Abecassis, M. (2003). I Hate You Just the Way You Are: Exploring the Formation, Maintenance, and Need for Enemies. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2003(102), 5-22.
The creation of enemies as a part of peer interaction in children.

Berlet, C. (2003). Hate, Oppression, Repression, and the Apocalyptic Style: Facing Complex Questions and Challenges. Journal of Hate Studies, 3(1), 145-166. | Digital Print.
An overview of the nuanced dynamics at play in the communication of hate directed at social institutions.

Blee, K. (2003). Positioning Hate. Journal of Hate Studies, 3(1), 95-105.
A sociological critique of racial hatred as an expression of violence against a community.

Campbell, B. (2010). Contradictory Behavior During Genocides.Sociological Forum, 25(2), 296-314. doi:10.1111/j.1573-7861.2010.01177.x
An analysis of those who perform oppositional acts of defiance in the face of overwhelming pressure to perform as a genocidaire.

Davison, J. (2006). The Politics of Hate: Ultranationalist and Fundamentalist Tactics and Goals. Journal of Hate Studies, 5(1), 37-61.
A review of the measures that exist to counter and contain the politics of hate.

Evans, C. (2006). What violent offenders remember of their crime: empirical explorations. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40(6/7), 508-518. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1614.2006.01833.x
An intensive study which provides insight toward predicting violent behavior.

Levene, M. (2004). Battling demons or banal exterminism? Apocalypse and statecraft in modern mass murder. Journal of Human Rights, 3(1), 65-81.
A think piece challenging understandings of what constitutes an eliminationist practice.

A think piece detailing a question international community faced during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Perry, B., and Olsson, P. (2009). Cyberhate: the globalization of hate. Information and Communications Technology Law, 18(2), 185-199. doi:10.1080/13600830902814984
A review of the growing trans-national nativist inter-relationships formed online.

Powell, C. (2007). What do genocides kill? A relational conception of genocide. Journal of Genocide Research, 9(4), 527-547. doi:10.1080/14623520701643285

Rajadhyaksha, M. (2006). Genocide on the Airwaves: An Analysis of the International Law Concerning Radio Jamming. Journal of Hate Studies, 5(1), 99-118.
A second think piece detailing a question international community faced during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

RIEFF, D. (2011). The Persistence of Genocide. Policy Review, (165), 29-40.
A critique of the international community’s approach to intervention during genocide.

Shepard, J. (2010). Last Man Standing: The American Who Stayed During the Rwandan Genocide — An Interview with Carl Wilkens. Journal of Hate Studies, 8(1), 143-152.
An interview with an activist who helped prevent the murder of hundreds of Rwandan children.

Souleimanov, E. (2010). Armenian Genocide as an International Political Phenomenon. New Presence: The Prague Journal of Central European Affairs, 12(3), 16-24.
A case study of the international conflict which denialism created around the acknowledgement of the Armenian genocide by Turkey.

Whitehorn, A. (2010). The Steps and Stages of Genocide. Peace Magazine, 26(3), 16-19.
A review of the specific trends which precede and indicate potential for genocide to occur.



son awakens every dawn

my son awakens every dawn

there is a madness every father
in all worlds feels
in the moments of preparation

guard against the wilds
the buildings, the edges

motherfucking fringes
the wedges – sadness, and
passages… tainted

we build neon salisbury steak
sinister concoction, bbq forgotten

plastic moats and vertical castles:
we seal purgatory at the gate

Ampersand on Labor Day


Illegal International Adoption Case

This is a fascinating case..

After nearly five years of searching, posting fliers, being turned away at orphanages and even staging a hunger strike, Rodriguez now holds what’s believed to be an unprecedented Guatemalan court order declaring the child stolen and ordering the U.S. couple who eventually adopted her to give her back.
If U.S. authorities intervene to return the child, now 6, as the Guatemalan court has asked, it would be a first for any international adoption case, experts say.


The scale of private links between David Cameron and News International exposed for the first time.

I am endlessly fascinated by transactional nature of counterknowledge & public discourse in socially mediated spaces which simulate (but don’t engender) counter-public spheres: pathology of post-paranoia.


Unwaba’s Eucharist

previously published in eXpressions Journal

Am I too slow?
This world moves though I do not,
        (sit here, ponder my fleshings, my merely mortal after all,
        think through the mid-morning afterglow)
I can only sit here, panicking, about the passage of time for so long
before I have to piss
here I lie fain, fallow
shed my lizard skin go I

fear my company, fear my companion, fear more alongside
fear harmonizing, enticing, Pan tug panic tugging fain (ever so faint)
…fabricated, frail, fraught with more than is destined, that
   only so much is entitled, is bequeathed, that heritage is
   something passed, like language, like gas
   cultural belch, the spirit
   digested, expelled…Betray
   in its sweat, its passing
for others, there I see behind
for others, there I
for others, there

but for the drifts of gog and
drifts of magog go I

January First, Two Thousand and Seven

Ten minutes, a day, the calendar
revolves. Spell hearts, enchant
minds, drag knuckles all primal

can we not be the formless

it doesn’t happen
unless it’s out and in the open
three days of formless

Fuck that noise you open
each codex and grasp for meaning

when the meaning may simply be bornless

knowing the semaphore
instinctual, to know
that there is a code there

opens these
and through it, step gently
we could build an entire world
out of bluster
sleeping three to a bed
against these women
I lay my head
and I can trust here.

what if these found you
what are you Willing

in in in!
deeper, in!
In iteration and internalized
in the refurbishing
what is it in & of itself?

Ask up? Chunk! deeper
to peel the layer
shake – & quiver

Fighting to maintain
Situational Awareness

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