Everything is …

I quickly Googled the phrases “Everything is X,” where X was each of the words below. The link will take you to the top result for each sentence.

These are not foolish or obscurantist claims. And they are not mutually contradictory, because it could be the case that everything is, for instance, both politics and education. (That would imply something interesting about the two concepts.) Some people place themselves within intellectual traditions or communities by making just this kind of claim. It may be important to a political theorist, for example, that everything is politics. But I must admit that I find the multiplication of such discourses increasingly amusing. We are getting to the point where Everything is everything.

About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.
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