On “Divisiveness”

A group of people in purple shirts with fists up in the air on a college campus
May Day Rally at Santa Clara University

Accusations of divisiveness are a classic union-busting tactic.

What better way to bludgeon the collective spirit than to accuse the members of the collective and their supporters of divisiveness! It’s a textbook example of gaslighting.

We are already divided.

Accusations of divisiveness are meaningless without a power analysis.

The way that the neoliberal university is currently run doesn’t just encourage “us” vs. “them” but, in fact, turns “us” against “us,” rewarding our competitiveness and making us think that the path to success is one where the worker becomes the boss.

Fears of divisiveness are often fears of retaliation.

Fears of divisiveness are often fears of conflict.

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I write about adjuncting, chronic illness and whatever else strikes my fancy or makes my blood boil. More: https://maggielevantovskaya.com/writing

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Maggie Levantovskaya

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I write about adjuncting, chronic illness and whatever else strikes my fancy or makes my blood boil. More: https://maggielevantovskaya.com/writing

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