The shift away from guns as consumer products for hunting and sport towards guns as consumer products for self-protection ignores the argument initially used to validate private gun ownership: defense of private property, as opposed to self-defense of the people occupying personally-owned land.
The messy realities of the past rarely make for the pithiest of signs. And the reality of private gun ownership in the United States is not that it enjoys the support of an eighteenth-century amendment, but that it enjoys the support of twenty-first-century legislative and judicial interpretations of that amendment.
Moms Demand Action models itself after Mothers Against Drunk Driving. But to claim an inheritance from MADD is to also lay claim to their particular white suburban praxis, where the theoretically race-neutral title of “mother” works to mobilize women around the deaths of white children.
As one of the two viable political parties in a system designed to allow only a duopoly, the Democratic Party’s embrace of neoliberalism has been devastating long term. No longer the party of the working class, Democrats have embraced privatization, and taken steps to severely limit the rights of workers.
When this goes down in history, we don’t want the story to be that teachers went on a nine-day strike. We want the story to be that this was the beginning of a snowball effect of wonderful things happening for West Virginia. I think that in order for that to happen, we have to “Remember in November.”
The university stands at a crossroad, and a decision is needed as to which direction it will go, whether it will cast off its foolish consistency in preserving the hegemonic forces that have arrested the development of the mind or renew itself as the last place to question and possibly upset the status quo.