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By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

In a frolic of caricature and comedian outbursts opposed to rule and cause, a superb weaving of technological know-how fiction, memoir, parable, fairy story and farce, Kurt Vonnegut assaults the full spectrum of yank society, liberating a few of his best-loved literary creations at the scene.

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For Schmitt, it is aviation’s conquest of airspace and air warfare that radically overthrows this “horizontal confrontation” (Nomos, 319). 25 In 1950, Nomos of the Earth concludes with this abolition of the flatness of war and its anchoring in the ground. And we may wonder what in the world remains of the very idea of nomos when what Schmitt called the “terrestrial fundament, in which all law is rooted” (47) is lost. )) (( In fact, in his later texts, we witness a double gesture: On the one hand, Schmitt reaffirms the founding telluric link, as if its imminent rupture nourished the desire to cling to it; and, on the other hand, he extends the triple meaning of nomos (appropriation, distribution, and productive exploitation) to increasingly abstract or unearthly elements and matters.

Are KANT IN THE LAND OF EXTRATERRESTRIALS (( 51 formed must . . be of a lighter and finer type . . the further they are away from the sun. . The . . liveliness of the concepts they receive through external impressions, along with the faculty to put them together, and finally also the agility in the actual exercise, in short, the entire extent of their perfection stands under a certain rule, according to which they become more and more excellent and perfect in proportion to the distance of their domiciles from the Sun.

It is the cosmos that, so to speak, has its heart set on defining humanity. The cosmos takes on the task of understanding humanity. But if this outside is not a mere exteriority, if it does not have a pure delimitation, it therefore can also not be the space for a future—for a “pure future,” as Schmitt wrote—that could be contrasted with a simple past or present. This is so much the case that we will perhaps be led to imagine, for example with Kant, a scenario that science fiction certainly anticipated: They are already here.

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