Tag Archives: alienation


The division of labor is only specialization under conditions of alienation.

Mothers, others.

Alienation from “mother tongue,” alienation from “mother land.”

Who cares how good my 中文 gets?

My true home is not language; it is rupture and alienation, reiteration and dislocation. 

The Columbian Exchange is well-named.

As with most modern exchanges, it was brutal, alienating, and unequal.


Seekers of alien life ask if we are alone. Alienated seekers of life ask if I am alone.  

Nothingness is no void.

It is more like somebody staring into something strange in the mirror.

Everyone is your friend at the rest areas.

But they become idiots who can’t drive the minute you get back on the interstate.

Two modes of alienation.

Alienation is oppressive if it longs for things lost, stolen, or denied. Alienation is liberation if it renounces things never needed, wanted, or possessed.

Sean Ellis, “The Broken.”

An alienated subjectivity is the culprit behind the murder of an actual self.

Modernity = alienation.

Alienation is equally “alien” to western and eastern, northern and southern societies.