Meditations On Aesthetics In The Wake Of The 2019 State Of The Union Address (Roger K. Green)

It is easy to debate the usefulness of commenting on the 2019 State of the Union Address.  In a media sphere mostly concerned with who said what in a fleeting instance, what is the importance of the decorum and epideictic rhetoric surrounding the occasion of the State of the Union…

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“Damn It, He’s An Injun!” Christian Murder, Colonial Wealth, And Tanned Human Skin (Tink Tinker, wazhazhe udsethe)

The New Polis is honored to present Dr. Tinker’s follow-up piece to “Redskin, Tanned Hide: A Book of Christian History Bound in the Flayed Skin of an American Indian: The Colonial Romance, christian Denial and the Cleansing of a christian School of Theology,” published in The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Volume…

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The Pataphysics of Pharmakoi (Roger Green)

Yesterday,  an article by Josh Katz and Margot Sanger-Katz in The New York Times drew attention once again to an opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.  As they write, the 2017 death rate caused by such abuse is “so steep that they have contributed to reductions in the country’s life expectancy…

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The Deep Framing By Totality (Roger Green)

A variety of competing descriptions of ‘whiteness’ making up racist retreats to Romantic imaginaries of Anglo-Saxon identity go at least as far back as Thomas Jefferson.  Jefferson had imagined himself in an anti-papal tradition of resisting “the Norman yoke,” installed in with the papal backing of the French invasion of…

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Nor On The Soles of Her Shoes? The King Of Infinite Space (Roger Green)

The tendency toward universalizing concepts has its legacy within the foundation of Religious Studies as a discipline, which, though little known outside the field, has recently interrogated its underwritten Protestant biases.  This work continues, despite the fact that many religiously sentimental scholars merely take discussions of “postsecularism” to be an…

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One Divides Into Two – The French Connection Of Mao, May, And Today (Jonathan Fardy)

“One divides into two.” This enigmatic phrase once functioned as the ideological lynchpin of the Cultural Revolution. Maoism redrew the profile of Marxist theory. The dialectic, understood as an ideological and historical process of contradiction and resolution, was central to Maoism as it had been to Marxism and Leninism. But…

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Panoptical Time and Colonial Framing (Roger Green)

Anne McClintock’s prescient study, Imperial Leather (1995), concluded:  Within the United States, with the vanishing of international communism as a rationale for militarism, new enemies will be found: the drug war, international terrorism, Japan, feminists, the PC hordes and tenured radicals, undocumented workers, lesbians and gays, and any number of international ethnic targets.…

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