Tag Archives: politics

What is a balanced balance?

A balanced imbalance is hidden war. An imbalanced balance is oppressive peace.

Gratitude.

Anytime I want to criticize an ancestor as “insufficiently radical,” I remind myself that their struggles are what afford me half a chance at surviving.

Extraordinary and ordinary.

The extraordinary is an actual intensification, and potential transformation, of the ordinary.

Fascists believe that all politics is war.

They even believe that all economics is war. Sadly, they may have a point.

Trumpists are “masks off.”

I liked them better with their masks on.

Politics and/or ethics.

Political responsibility demands that we take sides. Ethical responsibility demands that you question the division into sides.

There is no neutral definition of politics.

There are only democratic, liberal, capitalist, fascist, anarchist, socialist, etc. conceptions of politics.

Is politics more like debate or war?

Sadly, the force of argument fails before the argument of force.

Praxis.

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.