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A Great Awakening and its Dangers
5 days ago

A Great Awakening and its Dangers

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On November 7 2017, Judith Butler helped organize a conference in São Paulo, Brazil. Although the title of the conference was “The Ends of Democracy,” and thus had nothing to …
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Trump,  Freud, and the Puzzle of Femininity
2 weeks ago

Trump, Freud, and the Puzzle of Femininity

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Of late we’ve been hearing the word “repudiate” a lot. It’s ever on the lips of those who deplore President Trump’s tactics, rhetoric, fiats, tweets, and lies. After Charlottesville, heard …
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We, the Orphans of October
3 weeks ago

We, the Orphans of October

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It’s November 7, 1987. Along with hundreds, if not thousands, of other children I am in the main hall of Moscow’s Revolution Museum, since renamed State Central Museum of the …
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Blade Runner 2049: A View of Post-Human Capitalism
4 weeks ago

Blade Runner 2049: A View of Post-Human Capitalism

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How are capitalism and the prospect of post-humanity related? Usually it is posited that capitalism is (more) historical, and our humanity, inclusive of sexual difference, more basic, even ahistorical. However, …
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Identity Politics and Democratic Totalitarianism
1 month ago

Identity Politics and Democratic Totalitarianism

If the totalitarian project is, in nuce, the absolute control and conformation of all in the name and on behalf of the State, as proclaimed by Mussolini and Gentile in …
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On White Privilege, Again
1 month ago

On White Privilege, Again

Let us go back to 2008.  We have just elected a new president.  He is male, of course.  He is undeniably inarticulate.  He can barely put a sentence together.  It …
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Lone Wolf Theory
2 months ago

Lone Wolf Theory

What is a lone wolf?

We have heard this phrase a lot over the past week. It is used to signify that someone has operated without clear political or ideological …
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Is Your Healthy Lifestyle Bad for You?
2 months ago

Is Your Healthy Lifestyle Bad for You?

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Like millions of other people, I put a fair amount of effort into “being healthy.”  I don’t smoke, try to eat a reasonable diet, and so forth.  I do all …
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The Killers of Roland Barthes
2 months ago

The Killers of Roland Barthes

The Jean Vrin bookshop, Place de la Sorbonne. I’m standing in front of a bookshelf, right at the entrance, where the cash desk is. Suddenly I hear a voice behind …
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Apprehending the Death of Jamel Dunn
2 months ago

Apprehending the Death of Jamel Dunn

On July 9, 2017, Jamel Dunn, a 31-year-old disabled man, drowned in a Florida retention pond. Five teenaged boys, reportedly between 14 and 17 years of age, getting high together, …
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