What was happening in the streets of Iran—what one white feminist couldn’t see—was a revolution, looking for different freedoms than the West.
By making familiar objects strange, two new books of poetry reveal the limits of overly simple critique.
With so many crises—environmental, humanitarian, racial, viral, and economic—the work of “critique” can seem to be a luxury. But is it?
The lockdown had terrible consequences on India’s informal economy, and will deepen the socioeconomic inequalities that divide the country.
"A song was written through me, and I say that because I didn't write it. The words were given to me."
Six months ago, the impeachment of President Trump failed. The fault doesn’t lie with Congress, but, instead, with the Constitution.
When the Trump presidency ends, and the toll of years of toxicity and mismanagement becomes clear, we are going to need some guidance.
The most interesting science fiction is not about the future at all but about the present.
Energy companies promise to “go green.” Yet they use the same forms of extractive capitalism that have destroyed the planet’s climate.
“We have to build against the legacy of inequality. Intentionally. We have to build our values into our design practices.”
Black folks can call into being an alternative relationship to TV, one that prompts a shift in consciousness and just possibly alters the future.
Inequality emerged after the French Revolution, and again after the postwar boom, because our institutions have been hardwired to serve capital.
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?
“I was shocked to learn that Hispanic conservatives celebrate Cortes’s arrival in Mexico.”
Techno-utopians rarely acknowledge that untraceable money transfers support a world of kleptocrats, tax havens, and dark-money 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.”
Storytelling about the European Union tends to be done by those aggressively disinterested in its survival. Isn’t that a problem?
“You don’t tell children not to grow. And you don’t tell a writer not to write.”
When we mythologize the ’60s, we lose sight of what’s truly ahead of us.