Tag Archives: politics

Thinking is not necessarily good for your career or for politics.

The only thing it has reliably done is made habitual thinkers slightly less stupid.

Geometry.

A political line is seldom straight.

Thought is not politics.

There are no enemies in intellectual life, only many kinds of friends.

Part versus whole.

I trust my institution; plus, institutions are necessary. I distrust my bosses, who are not. 

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.