The project is an examination of the relationship between historical memory and the conceptualization of the possibilities for social change within the United States. I will be examining the historical moment of the 1960s and the ways that the historical construction of "The 1960s" gave rise to the rightward shift in the United States. Building on the philosophical argument in Alain Badiou's Saint Paul: The Foundations of Universalism, I will explore the argument that in response to the profound attempt at subversion of "The 1960s," a specifically Pauline gesture was employed, that of unmooring "argument" from the demands of (especially post-Enlightenment) forms of concrete evidence, which has given rise to the "post-factual" present, in which the terms of the game have shifted, with consequences for those organizing for social change. With funding from the New Directions Initiative, I will develop the conceptual and theoretical framework necessary to contextualize the present historical moment, explore why the United States seems more resistant to progressive social movements than other regions of the world. The hope of the project is to open up greater frameworks for thinking the possibility of transformation in the United States. The project sits at the intersection of Peace Studies, U.S. History, and Philosophy.