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“Race To The Abyss” – The Politics Of “Progressive” Neoliberal Rationality (Carl Raschke)

The following is the last installment of a four-part series on “progressive neoliberalism”. The first installment can be found here, the second one here, and the third one here. In a prescient and prophetic essay in the newspaper Le Monde during the last month of 1998, the famed French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu […]

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Spirits Of Blood And Breath – Contrasting Religious Perspectivism With Actual People’s Perspectives (Roger Green)

Barbara Alice Man opens her recent book, Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath, noting the ongoing difficulties indigenous people face among white scholars. Indigenous scholars often face the charges of “essentialism” or “bias” when attempting to present their own intellectual and historical accounts.  Such charges are as limiting as the […]

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Hamburg Burning – On Anarchism And The Self-Immolation Of Neoliberalism (Carl Raschke)

On the train to the airport last week in Düsseldorf at the very end of an exhausting, tightly scheduled, and eventful Central European trip, I overheard two young Germans, a man and a woman, talking about the upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg, which several nights later morphed into a global spectacle of rioting, […]

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Beyond The Secular And Enchanted Binary -The “Deep Stories” Informing Contemporary Conservatism (Roger Green)

The rise of rightwing populism has prompted many academics to examine its causes and motivations.  Among these examinations has been an increase in attention to political conservatism and the Christian Right in the U.S. As an American heading off to Melk Monasery in Austria for a conference pithily titled, “The Crisis […]

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“Socially Conscious” Capitalism, Or The Extraction Of “Surplus Value” In Progressive Neoliberalism (Carl Raschke)

The following is the third installment of a four-part series on “progressive neoliberalism”. The first installment can be found here, the second one here. In the previous installment we explored how Nietzsche’s critique of late nineteenth century, bourgeois, democratic culture in Europe with its “Christian-moral view of the world” serve as a […]

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Political Theology Must Be Engaged More Profoundly With Political Philosophy (Jonathan Cole)

What is the difference between “political philosophy” and “political theology,” apart from the name?  In a straightforward sociological sense the difference is that some scholars describe themselves, or are described by others, as “political philosophers” and others as “political theologians.” Those so-described often find themselves institutionally separated – political philosophers […]

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“Resurrection Day”, Or Turning The World Upside Down (Carl Raschke)

The day the Christian world calls Easter Sunday is just about over.  But if we seek to the larger and still undeciphered significance of why we celebrate Easter, we have to set aside in our minds many of the most familiar as well as popular traditions, iconographies, and spiritual practices which […]

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Nietzsche And The Roots Of “Progressive Neoliberalism” (Carl Raschke)

The following is the second installment of a four-part series on “progressive neoliberalism”. The first installment can be found here. Friedrich Nietzsche, whose iconic saying “God is dead” (in German, Gott ist tot, a deliberate play on words) has been grossly misunderstood by even those most fashionable theological types who flaunt […]

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What’s The Matter With California? The Left’s Capitulation To Neoliberalism (Roger Green)

Just after the 2017 U.S. presidential election philosopher Alain Badiou gave a talk at UCLA entitled “Reflections on the Recent Election.”  Badiou opened with a reference to poetry, noting the philosophical necessity to avoid the affective displays of anger, horror, outrage, fear, etc. in the face of the enemy: And we […]

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Something’s Happening Here…And Fifty Years Later Perhaps We Ought To Beware (Carl Raschke)

As I watched Berkeley burn on February 1 in protest against the speaking engagement of right-wing political provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, the feeling of deja vous suddenly turned vivid and overwhelming. I was transported in my imagination back to the same place where I had attended graduate school in the late 1960s amid all […]

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