The World Isn’t Flat

Free your mind of the idea of deserving, of the idea of earning, and you will begin to be able to think. ~Ursula Le Guin My first experiences with electoral politics occurred in mock-elections that were held in class during my elementary school years. The first such occasion, I supported Michael Dukakis, though only because…

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Racing to the Bottom: The Poverty of “Privilege”-Shaming

Most of us have probably seen this comic explaining white privilege, or have read similarly-themed comics, articles, listicles, blogs, posts, and memes imparting basically the same line of thinking. I tend to be of two minds when it comes to this material: I think it’s important to have these kinds of discussions, and yet, almost…

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Racism as a Function of the State

“Capitalism obviously doesn’t work without state power,” said N.D.B. Connolly on a Who Makes ₵ents? podcast on September of last year. “But then what is the state? That’s where race gets right, front, and center, because what you see happening through the era of post-emancipation through the South, through the period of the pre-war and…

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