That’s a cool college word. It means the sense of alienation one gets when one walks into an elementary school gym somewhere in pelagic America, approaches a voting machine, and casts a write-in vote that for all practical purposes – and perhaps by the design of the machine – will be disregarded. That is the true meaning of this ‘historic’ election: an election reduced to a “voting machine” designed to pantomime democracy while nullifying actual popular sovereignty. One is reminded of the “close doors” buttons in elevators. They don’t work, by design, but perhaps they make us feel better.