Critique is our solace in a world of ugliness. Be warned, it will not make us happy. But it will provide what we most want: power. Every critical insight reveals a little more about the nature of domination, the awareness of which is the beginning of freedom from it. But critique must not only negate, for criticism presupposes a standard of possibility — a glimpse of what could be otherwise. Critique thus affirms that We are better than this.