Author Archives: Fred I. Lee


Radical movements not only expand the terrain of what is politically possible; they also enlarge the horizons of what is politically thinkable. 

Spring 2020 to the present.

I have never felt like less of a political theorist, and I have never cared less about that fact.

Research agendas.

If you can’t concentrate on research because it looks pointless in light of contemporary events, it may be time to look differently at different things.

Against Graeber.

All jobs are bullshit jobs. 

Ordinary and extraordinary.

There are overdetermined structures and long duration processes. But only if there are also underdetermined events and compressed ruptures. 

Rights and duties.

We have the right to an education in dominant knowledge, but we have the duty to learn subordinate knowledges.

These “voices of moderation” may be opportunists, even dangerous.

Still, in appropriating or overreacting to left demands, they signal what direction the future is taking. 

Moderation of what?

In the U.S. since Reagan, the political moderate has represented a moderation of right-wing ideology.

“I will go to sleep at 11 pm.”

Many predictions of human behavior are actually promises.

“Yaassss, y’all, I’m here for it…”

You do realize that “blaccent” makes you appear more, not less, white, don’t you?