Category Archives: US Politics

Not Disorder, But Alternative Order

I worry my last post might have come across as over-focusing on how to categorise protest tactics as either ‘violent’ or ‘non-violent’, like I’m saying that’s the central moral issue here. That wasn’t my intention, so I’m going to try … Continue reading

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Burning Cop Cars is Non-Violent

It seems like right now would be a good time to return to some things I wrote a decade ago, about the idea of ‘violent’ and ‘non-violent’ protest, and why the predictable denunciations of ‘protests turning violent’ are laden with … Continue reading

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Follow-up on ‘Racism or Economics?’

A week or so ago I posted about a question I had seen asked by a lot of people dismayed by Trump’s election – ‘is it really about the economy? or really about racism?’ I claimed that this is really … Continue reading

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What is Important?

Is there, or can there ever be, a meaningful notion of ‘perspective’ in political discourse? Everyone knows that ‘a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic’ (a saying that cannot be accurately attributed to Joseph Stalin … Continue reading

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