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How The New Left Helped Create The Alt-Right (Carl Raschke)

The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia turned on a dime pervasive media attention and popular focus on what looked for many like an apocalyptic confrontation with North Korea, and fashioned another instant narrative about an imminent threat to America – in this case the rise of the so-called “alt-right.” The death of one person and injury […]

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Women on Israeli Kibbutz, Library of Congress photo

The Deepening Rift In American Judaism And The Turn Toward Revisionist Zionism (Martin Katchen)

One aspect of the 2016 American election that has gone largely unnoticed has been the way this election has deepened an already existing rift within American Judaism, and Judaism in general. The election of Donald Trump and the appointment of Breitbart News head Steve Bannon as Trump’s Chief Strategist prompted […]

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The Making Of Abstract Humanity – How The Invention Of Money Propelled Slavery (Roland Boer)

As part of our research for a book called Time of Troubles, Christina Petterson and I have been developing an approach to understanding slavery. It is predicated on the Roman legal invention of absolute property. In the late second century BCE, Roman jurists first defined absolute private property as the […]

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Flashback – For Black Lives There Can Be No Peace Without Justice (Vincent Lloyd)

In our commitment to keeping going the ongoing conversation on political theology and race in America, we are republishing here an opinion piece from two summers ago by PTT’s editor Vincent Lloyd of Villanova University (formerly Syracuse University).  The piece was originally published on August 19, 2014, and was entitled […]

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Pope Francis is embraced by a female inmate during his visit to the CeReSo n. 3 prison in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Pope Francis is wrapping up his trip to Mexico with a visit to the prison just days after a riot in another lockup killed dozens of inmates. (Gabriel Bouys/Pool Photo via AP)

Speeches of Two Women Frame Pope Francis’ Visit to the US-Mexico Border (Neomi DeAnda and Néstor Medina)

The following are translations of speeches given by two women – Daisy Flores Gámez and Evelia Quintana Molina – in Juarez during the Pope’s visit in February 2016. Although the Pope’s speech at the border was heavily covered in the North American press and served as the subject of extensive commentary […]

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The Origins of Feudalism in the West – Daniel Little

In the grand historical march postulated by historical materialism, ancient slavery and medieval feudalism preceded capitalism as distinct systems of domination and exploitation (e.g. Perry Anderson’s Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism). In each social order small elites captured great wealth from the mass of producers, whether enslaved farmers and artisans in […]

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