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Hate Crimes, Exceptionalism, and the State's Order to Kill

December 29, 2012


The New York Times reports that 31-year-old Erika Menendez is being held after having pushed a man, Sunando Sen, onto the subway tracks in Queens.  Sen was killed by an oncoming train.

Radio Interview with Karma Chávez on Wisconsin Public Radio, WORT

I recently did an interview with my friend, collaborator, and fellow Against Equality collective member Dr.Karma Chávez on Wisconsin Public Radio, WORT (89.9 fm), out of Madison.  We talked about my piece, "Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference," and related matters. 

Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference

December 10, 2012

In representing only the good immigrants, undocumented activists are literally and metaphorically the dream activists of neoliberalismemphasising individualised narratives about freedom over systemic critique.

On Death and Exceptionalism

December 12, 2012

Have we gone so far down the path of exceptionalism that we cannot find a way to unstick ourselves from its gooey, affective mess? 

On Jim Hubbard's "United in Anger" and Jeff Edwards


There's an upcoming free screening of "United in Anger: A History of Act UP," at the Gene Siskel theatre on December 1. 

I have very grave problems with the fact that the film is being introduced by Jeff Edwards, a Gender Studies and Political Science professor at Roosevelt University. He's also a former member of Queer to the Left, and the man who once attempted to discredit my subsequent work by writing, in a public email, that I was "damaged goods" and that my sex life (about which he seemed to claim to know a great deal) marked me as not queer enough. 

Do We Have to Be "Equal"?

I'm happy to announce that my piece, "Do We Have to Be 'Equal'? has just appeared in Public Eye, the publication of Political Research Associates. In it, I address the ways the in which the mainstream gay movement and its support stigmatise and marginalise poor people, especially single mothers of colour, to forward its claim that it deserves adoption and foster care rights. 

Election 2012: Eyes Wide Shut

I dread the prospect of hundreds of  panels on the same topics:  “Will we ever again have a Black President?” or “Are we now PRE-racial?”, as if the problem were with the racial identity of a neoliberal President and not with his neoliberalism.

To those of you who insist that you will be the ones to hold Obama's feet to the fire: you are as deluded as those who marry alcoholics vowing to change them, and I have no interest in coddling your delusion.  When he winsand I suspect he will, even if by a very slim marginthe only feet I plan on holding to the fire are yours.



Mourdock, Donnelly, Abortion, and the Wrath of Gods

To put it bluntly: both men would rather see women die than have abortions because they wanted to.


Clash of the Neoliberals: Obama's Shell Game

In the end, the public confrontations between the two men amount to little more than a Clash of Neoliberals.  We are enthralled as two wealthy men, one white and one blackboth of whom have emerged from and owe their allegiance to specific economic power blocsargue over points which betray their almost exactly similar policies.  Yet, like the most addicted gamblers, we still delude ourselves into thinking that we actually have a stake in this game. We are persuaded that a gamble is actually a choice, and that may be the biggest shell game of all.


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