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Faculty Writing: British “Free Speech”, Shulamith Firestone, and Climate Sabotage

For Novara Media, Barnaby Raine discusses the right-wing mobilization of free-speech rhetoric in Britain, which, he argues, risks “accepting absurd, offensive or provocative opinions as the right of any individual speaker.” Distinguishing a right-wing conception of free speech from that of the left, Barnaby writes: “Theirs is the freedom of the schoolyard bully to harass […]

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Faculty Video: Who Needs a Worldview? Raymond Geuss in Conversation

On Sunday, February 28th, BISR faculty Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Michael Stevenson, and Rebecca Ariel Porte welcomed philosopher Raymond Geuss for a wide-ranging discussion of Geuss’s most recent book Who Needs a Worldview? (Harvard). Among the points discussed: why worldviews aren’t simply large theories, but modes of personal identity; how theory arises from failure and personal […]

Faculty Writing: Public Apology and Memorializing “Truth”

For Harper’s After Trump roundup, Liane Carlson mediates on the complexity of apologies as expiation rituals and the limitations of “forgiveness culture.” In a note on the aftermath of the Trump administration, she writes: “Nothing that has happened in the past four years precludes the possibility of individual forgiveness. Nothing prevents a politician from stepping […]

Faculty Writing: Trump’s Neofascism and Violence Without Agenda

In an interview with Jewish Currents, Ajay Singh Chaudhaury discusses the interrelation of capital, global crisis, and fascist ideology. Positioning Trumpism as part of a developing globalized neofascism, he writes: “Capitalism’s ideological underpinnings are increasingly, and rightly, questioned, not only on the left but also in the business press, which keeps talking about better capitalisms—responsible […]

Faculty Writing: Kitsch can Kill, Political Violence Rethought, and Secular Sexual Obsession

For the The Washington Post, Suzanne Schneider discusses the right wing’s tendency to associate political participation with violence and spectacle. On the codependency of violence and right-wing policymaking, she writes: “Violence is not, in this sense, ancillary to far-right politics but central to preserving the vast inequalities that even its “moderate” supporters wish to maintain. […]

Faculty Writing: Model Minorities and Education as “Product”

In Dilettante Army, Nara Roberta Silva discusses the rhetorical division of “good” immigrants and “bad”—a rhetoric employed to conceal the fact that an immigrant’s presence ”is only accepted when it is ‘of value.’” Value, moreover, is constitutive of race: “Social, economic, and political forces shape social categories and infuse them with certain meanings. Over time, […]

Faculty Writing: Climate Change Legislation, “This is Not a Gun”, and Revolutionary Bodies

For Dissent, Alyssa Battistoni discusses the imperative of ambitious climate change legislation for the Biden presidency. On the inability of executive action to fulfill prescient climate needs, she writes: “But for climate policy to last longer than one presidency, we need policies that help build a popular base for climate action, connected to material improvements […]

Faculty Writing: Anti-Utopian Feminism, Against Optimism, and the Fed’s “Magic Money”

For The Baffler, Sophie Lewis reviews the taxonomies that comprise Kate Manne’s recently published Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women and its notable gap in class consciousness. Lewis writes, “For centuries, revolutionaries have speculated that that which we call power would disappear under conditions of real equality. Thus my kind of street-variety feminist philosopher is […]

Faculty Video: Empire in Crisis: a Teach-In and Symposium on U.S. Imperialism Today

In Empire in Crisis, a two-day teach-in and symposium (October 22-23) organized by the Colombe Foundation and Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, leading scholars, journalists, and activists gathered to explore the scope, function, and possible futures of U.S. imperialism. Across a series of text-based learning sessions and panel discussions, participants asked: Why do we fight […]

Faculty Writing: Mainstreaming Revolution, America’s Gun Fixation, and “Weltlandschaft”

In Open Democracy, Nara Roberta Silva proves that the momentum gained in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd was not only the “last straw” product of blatant racism, but also the success of a pre-existing network infrastructure of mutual aid. Noting the relevancy of the mainstreaming of the demand to defund police, Roberta […]