The plague that devours Oran is less a proxy for a manifestly odious occupying force than it is emblematic of the contradictions inherent in democracy, in which the limits of liberal universalism and equality collide against the violent reality of state power.
Duncan Riley is a recent graduate of Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he studied history and Spanish. His previous work includes the historical thesis Ciudadanos. At present, he splits his time between his job, chatting with friends on the phone to relieve pandemic-induced feelings of isolation, and organizing with No Cages Minnesota for a better and more humane world.
Posts by Duncan Riley
The story of Delyte Morris and the Southern Illinois University he created is what Robert A. Harper calls “a story of unlikely success and a tragic end.” It does read like an American tragedy, somehow, based in a rustic start, ambition, ingenuity, and the fallibility of good intentions.