Knowledge workers should do our share of a massive political project: making it possible for more people to exercise self-determination in the face of a history built to hoard that ability. This involves sharing more than just information or even political consciousness, but building structures where people can use them to decide the course of their lives together.

Olúfémi O. Táíwò, PhD

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. His work focuses on Africana and social/political philosophy and emphasizes themes and figures from anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, and Black radical traditions of thought and practice. His first book, Reconsidering Reparations, argues that reparations should be viewed as a worldmaking project, and as such requires climate justice. His latest book, Elite Capture was released in May 2022. In it, Táíwò identifies the process by which a radical concept can be stripped of its political substance and liberatory potential by becoming the victim of elite capture—deployed by political, social, and economic elites in the service of their own interests.

​Elite Capture

“Identity politics” is everywhere, polarizing discourse from the campaign trail to the classroom and amplifying antagonisms in the media, both online and off.

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Reconsidering Reparations

Integrates a global history of racial injustice into a philosophical framework of colonialism and racism.

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Elite Capture How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else)

Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF), in partnership with Haymarket Books will feature a discussion between MCF President & CEO Dr. Carmen Rojas, author Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, and National Director for the Working Families Party, Maurice Mitchell.

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