Articles by: Josh Leifer

Two university deans at the head of a DREAM-organized rally in support of undocumented students and community members

Preempting Protest

Demonstrations, like the one this past week in support of making Princeton a sanctuary campus, are all we can do, as of now, to resist what a Trump administration might bring. But it would be a mistake to expect Princeton University and its administrators to do anything concrete to protect the people whose lives are stake.

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Trump, Reagan, and Republican Party Racism

Trump, Reagan, and Republican Party Racism

Trump’s mastery of the twenty-four-hour news cycle is only one part of the story of his success. The other part is his campaign’s reading of the white American electorate as driven not by economic, cultural, or religious concerns, but by deep-seated racism.

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On Selective Concern for Free Speech

On Selective Concern for Free Speech

The black students protesting at Yale and Mizzou aren’t threatening anyone’s freedom of speech. And the selective, sudden concern for free speech exposes the racism of those who respond to black students’ pain with complaints about political correctness.

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Confusing Ubiquity for Power

Confusing Ubiquity for Power

Culture and discourse can be useful fronts in political battle, but without a theory of change that includes how to take power, or at least make significant and binding demands of it, what happens on the cultural and discursive fronts guarantees nothing.

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A Return to the Local

A Return to the Local

“Thinking local” means being willing to put our bodies on the line to fight, not only against injustices that take place overseas, but also against injustices that take place in our own backyards. It means demanding representation not only the macro-political level, but also on the most basic, municipal level. It means remembering that the decision-making processes that effect our everyday lives should not be out of reach.

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Protesters holding signs that read "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies"

Beyond Coexistence

To coexist and to talk are not the same as to act. Creating a shared society will require tremendous effort to break down the structural barriers that separate Jews and Arabs from participating as equals in economic and social life.

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Bodies on the Gears of an Absent Apparatus

On the challenges of campus activism in the age of social media.

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Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup: Campus Politics and Israel/Palestine

Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup: Campus Politics and Israel/Palestine

So why does one campus have three different groups that deal with the politics of Israel/Palestine?

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