This suspension of liberties isn’t proven to save lives, but does fit the pattern of past social disasters in America. Drawing attention to panic and deception isn’t to belittle the suffering in the Bronx, or in Bergamo. It’s simply to grapple with the historical dilemma that governments can exploit one tragedy to create another.Read more "Covid-19: The Discourse of Safety and the Exploitation of Trauma"
Above: the White Night riots, San Francisco, 1979 We have been lined up in front of a firing squad and it is called AIDS. We must riot! – Larry Kramer, “Call to Riot”, 1990 Just a few weeks after the election of Donald Trump, Fabian Braithwaite of Out magazine made a call for a “Queer […]Read more "From Stonewall to Antifa: A Half Century of Bashing Back"
Over the years, Francis Fox Piven, one of the more celebrated social movement historians in America, has made a remarkable assertion: Most US social scientists have a severe blind spot to the use of force by social justice movements. Due to sympathy towards these movements – and an aspiration to the undisputed moral high ground […]Read more "In the Wake of Baltimore, Are Scholars Facing Reality?"
It has been more than fifty years since one of America’s greatest revolutionaries, El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, Malcolm X, was assassinated, but in recent years his vision seems more relevant than ever. From condemnations of US racism at the United Nations, to self-defense against cops in NYC, to Black rifle clubs in Texas, to mass rebellion […]Read more "The Strategy of Malcolm X"
It’s gotten to be a pattern on the Left. When Black protest erupts into insurrection, as it did in Ferguson and Baltimore, most liberals and white radicals express empathy for the cathartic release of anger, but urge the oppressed that this is not the way. This is “not strategic,” says the leftist concern-troll. This is “what […]Read more "Misunderstanding the Civil Rights Movement and Diversity of Tactics"