Word And Deed Thought And Policy Speech Act And Written Word

“Freedom is the name for the thing that is not freedom”–Herman Melville

Missing in the dominant formulation is the difference between word and deed, thought and policy, between speech act and written word, what is outside or what is inside a chain of command, what is rendered powerless and illegitimate. What does it mean when an Amiri Baraka or Ward Churchill writes or says something? Why does it mean something different when a secretary of Defense, a general, or a CEO of a large corporation says or writes something?–Ammiel Alcalay, A Little History, pg. 177