Some wager that the end is not inevitable: that universities can reassert their centrality to the American liberal democratic project.
“The question becomes, What can we do to make democracy more economically, socially, and politically just?”
An educated public grew out of freedom, W. E. B. Du Bois claimed. And education was also freedom’s surest protector.
What right does a society have to extoll freedom as its highest virtue if that same society is dependent on the unfreedom of others?
Ten years ago today, Spain’s “15M” movement burst on the scene. In short order, everything changed. Or has it?
Social psychologists know conservative media politicizes its viewers. But by focusing on individuals, they miss how to enact political change.
Remember that anti-Black violence has been the central dynamic of US history—and how Black women have struggled with this violence for centuries.
When the internet is in everything, its problems are everywhere.
Middle Eastern borders, democratic defeats, the US War on Terror: all this flows from the Treaty of Versailles, now just over a century old.
Occupy Wall Street’s great achievement was to briefly create a community that prefigured a robust democratic culture.
“Start-ups: they need philosophers, political theorists, historians, poets. Critics.”
Humans can adapt to almost anything. So if social media forces us into permanently hostile camps, we will learn to stop seeing any other way.
“A relentless assault on received orthodoxies has the effect of making you unpopular with the people for whom those received orthodoxies are orthodox.”
Today we know that, just as Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson predicted, economic elites will never relinquish supreme power easily.
Six months ago, the impeachment of President Trump failed. The fault doesn’t lie with Congress, but, instead, with the Constitution.
Black folks can call into being an alternative relationship to TV, one that prompts a shift in consciousness and just possibly alters the future.
What future does democracy have? What future should it have? And, moreover, can the problems of democracy be solved within the framework of democratic politics?
“If we want democratic scrutiny, the demos must first have power.”
“You have to think … about how you’re going to make the changes stick.”
Silicon Valley has no mystical powers. It gets away with being thought of as apolitical simply because few have called its bluff.