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Deep Adaptations For These Trying Times

I resisted taking COVID-19 seriously in the beginning. Processing the scope and magnitude of the changes it so rapidly initiated and making big decisions based on rumors that continued to become substantiated went against the way that I try to navigate the happenings of our world. Only a month ago, I was dismissing the news as hype and hysteria, not believing in its urgency or that nations would ever really take such drastic policy measures so quickly, particularly when they went against the logic of capitalism. Yet, it has happened, in many ways quite literally overnight, and we¹ are now living a new reality. All over the world, commercial flights have been grounded until further notice; we’ve stopped going to work and assembling in large groups; and we now think more deeply about the ethical implications of how we consume. Suddenly, governments are able to gather the monetary resources for massive stimulus packages, pausing debt payments, and providing citizens with basic income. One of the struggles of political organizing and movement building has always been engaging in the …

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The Role of Grievability in the State’s Monopoly on Violence

This post was originally published on Left Voice. You can find it here. The Stoneman Douglas mass shooting has launched a nationwide movement against gun violence. Student activists and their supporters have rallied in the hundreds of thousands across the country in acts of protest including school walkouts and at the end of last month, the March for Our Lives. On the surface, it’s hard not to agree with these organizers. As young people, they have brought a refreshing amount of honesty into political discourse by confronting mainstream politicians for being in the pocket of the NRA. They’ve managed to take the trauma they’ve faced and use it as a rallying cry for social change. For much of the American public coming out in support of a ban on assault rifles and other gun reforms is a no-brainer, but when we examine the specific policy demands set forth on behalf of the movement, there are apt critiques to be made. In doing so, we have the opportunity to pinpoint its shortcomings in securing conditions of nonviolence for …