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The problem of the twenty-first century is the problem of the noncitizen. Be it in America, where a demagogue rose to the Presidency on an anti–immigrant platform, or in Europe, where far–right political parties are gaining control over national politics. Constitutive to what injustice means for noncitizens is that the hostile political environments in which […]

Milo Yiannopoulos, UC Berkeley, and respectability in a time of post-truth

As harrowing footage of the protest of Milo Yiannopoulos’s cancelled event at UC Berkeley have filled up my social media feed, reactions arguing that protest plays into his hands— many of them peddled by self-identifying liberals—abound in equal measure. I write the following as a “response to the responses” of sorts. Before I give a critique […]

Noncitizenship and the case for illegalized persons

NOTE: This blog post was published on The Berkeley Blogs on January 24th, 2017. You can find the original post here. -ize (verb suffix): cause to be or conform to or resemble…cause to be formed into… (2): subject to a (specified) action…treat according to the method of…  — Merriam Webster Part I: Introduction As a […]

The epistemic Wild West

NOTE: This post appeared on the Berkeley Blog on December 28, 2016. You can find the original post here. “Post-truth (/ˌpəʊs(t)ˈtruːθ/) adj.: Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. 2016 Word of the Year, Oxford Dictionaries “Are you real?” “Well, […]