King

What do you do with a deposed king?

There is a question that I have posed to some of my friends and thought partners over the years regarding the ambiguous nature of undoing privilege and unjust power. It was this: ‘If you’re not going to kill him, what do you do with a deposed king?’ In this question lies an aspect of undoing […]

Loneliness

A Deep Loneliness

There is a deep loneliness that is always with me. It wants to be talked about, and then scolds me for indulging its desire. It assures me that I am a fraud, even as it provokes me to prove myself. The loneliness is always there, always hurting me. Its loyalty a perverse reminder of what […]

Vote

Why Your Vote Matters (Even When You Lose)

There is an idea nearly as old as voting that hangs in the backs of the minds of democratic participants: My vote doesn’t matter. The feeling is underscored in contemporary America by the dominance of billionaires, media conglomerates, powerful special interest groups, and local and federal governments who seem more interested in maintaining power than […]

Vulnerability

How To Practice Vulnerability

Vulnerability often connotes weakness in the US and other western cultures. Nonetheless, vulnerability is one of the most powerful and transformative postures we can take. In a culture that champions competition, choosing a posture of vulnerability can be difficult. There is so much emphasis on establishing an unimpeachable reputation, a veneer of power and knowledge, […]

Read

What If No One Read It?

There is something much more terrifying about writing down my views than speaking them. What if my honesty costs me a job? Something I don’t care about except that I have like $150,000 in student loans (academic assurances that PhD’s are the “original” doctors don’t change the fact that I would have gotten a bigger ROI as […]

Good

What is Legal Versus What is Good

When I hear people refer to the importance of the “rule of law”, I am usually suspicious. I am suspicious of what is being given the illusion of goodness under the cover of legality. In the U.S., much pride is taken on being a country of rules where we strive to apply the law evenly, consistently, […]

Social Justice?

Academics Versus Activists in Social Justice

The old divide between doers and thinkers is a tired one. When I decided to pursue my PhD, I felt from some of my old activist friends a sense that I had abandoned the cause. At the same time, my pursuit of social justice seemed to make many of my academic colleagues uncomfortable. It seemed […]

bears

I Live With Bears

I live with bears. Be cautious, but do not be alarmed. The bears I live with are dangerous, but they are not bad. They are simply bears. Their presence is not to be feared nor taken lightly. Yes, they can kill you, but they probably will not. No, they are not a problem and no, […]