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Book Review: The Rise of the New Normal Reich by C.J. Hopkins

Over the last few days, I have been devouring C.J. Hopkins latest book, The Rise of the New Normal Reich. It is a superb work of political economy documenting the insanity of the last two years. Reading the book is medicine for my soul.

Hopkins is an American playwright who now lives in Germany. I just discovered his Substack in the last few months and it’s fantastic.

I suppose one could find all of the essays that are assembled in the book for free online. But it’s so much nicer to have an actual paper book in one’s hands than to stare at the screen. Other essay collections sometimes jump around but this one has a nice coherent through-line and it’s fascinating to watch his thinking develop over time.

His thesis is elegant and spot on.