Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

determinism  §

The future seems to offer the promise of infinite possibility. In the present and in retrospect, however, history has always been deterministic for the bulk of its residents. The radical goal of politics (and of the academy as a whole—indeed for all human action) has been to shatter this determinism and replace it somehow with agency. Every failed revolution (and every failed morning) represents little more than a concession to the continued ascendancy of deterministic being after a moment during which the illusion of freedom has appeared. Emancipation is what marks the end of history, and that’s precisely why it must never be achieved.