Category Archives: Politics


One way consent (hegemony) is manufactured and maintained is through particular uses of language. Here’s an example from the New York Times:

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Note the use of passive verb construction when the police originate violence and the use of active verb construction when ordinary people do.

Up Against

“What went wrong? Why now this regression? Why do the most atavistic forms of consciousness flourish in the midst of modernity? Why does reason appear powerless in the face of unreason? What should we have done differently? What is to be done now?”

–Osha Neumann