We live in an age of assurance. Everywhere we turn, we are confronted with assertions of certainty. Government leaders, economic elites, religious figures, academics, news outlets, even celebrities – they all clamour to affirm their authority and proclaim their infallibility. And in providing us with their assurances, these figures of authority acquire more and more power over us.
But claims of certainty can only go so far before they begin revealing awkward inconsistencies. This is the way forward; we can critique the accumulation and exercise of undue power by exposing the absurdities and hypocrisies that emerge in its wake.