Apropos of nothing, I wanted to share this image from a lecture that was recently canceled by a scholar I follow somewhat closely:


Because there is no explanation of why the lecture was canceled, I have to assume the worst: Professor Chatterjee has been sucked into the "black hole of empire," which I assume is located in the basement of the Pentagon or perhaps in the C-suites of The Carlyle Group. In truth, I'd rather not rib because Chatterjee wrote one of my favorite books, The Politics of the Governed.

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