July 29, 2021

Text, Body, and the Ethics of Raymond Federman’s Spectator (Roger Green)

In this post, I argue that postmodern writer, Raymond Federman’s reluctant commitment to text, his necessity to return to and interrupt narrative and to make text, emphasizing its artificial nature, exhibits a Jewish ethical commitment to resist representation.  In doing so, Federman continues longstanding themes in Jewish hermeneutics as well as presenting examples of what […]

Today’s Politics Bear Strange Resemblance To The 1850s (Martin Katchen)

The following article is republished from the former Political Theology Today. Observers looking for historic parallels between our time and bygone eras in United States history may have to go all the way back to the 1850s. In that decade the dominant party (which was the Democrats) was aligned with the largest monied interests of the […]

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 over the last three years, […]

Craft Theory And The Creation Of A New Capitalism (Jonathan P. Morgan)

This essay is about capitalism. It is not a call for the absolute destruction of it, nor is it a listing and demonstration of its evils and failures. It is a plea for us to heal capitalism rather than abandon it. While rife with opportunities for exploitation and dehumanization, numerous sources reflect a trend of […]

The Catastrophe Of Thought – Political Theology, Political Spirituality, And The Courage Of Truth, Part 2 (Michael Dillon)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series.  The first can be found here. There is, however, a difficulty manifest in all thought. It is one that afflicts all truth tellers, all truth telling, and all veridical apparatuses. Truth does not add up, and it is never transparent least of all to all. […]

The Catastrophe Of Thought – Political Theology, Political Spirituality, And The Courage Of Truth, Part 1 (Michael Dillon)

The following is the first of a two-part series. As this clip from the 7th Edition of The World Economic Forum (Davos) Global Risks Report 2012 illustrates, the event as catastrophic emergency has become the point of application for the biopower wielded by contemporary governance both local and global. But the event is a trope […]

Anti-Semitism Old And New – The Pittsburgh Massacre In Today’s “Imperial” Context (Carl Raschke)

The mass murder of 11 Orthodox Jews at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh by a crazed gunman shouting “all Jews must die” was not only one more tragic episode in an intensifying drama of political division and violence in America, it was an agonizing reminder of how Judaism itself in these chaotic […]

Willie Jennings And Palestinian Theologies Of Liberation – Naming The Missing Piece (Katherine Rainger)

Willie James Jennings, author of the award-winning The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, argues that issues of race and the Christian faith are so entangled in American life that one cannot be understood without reference to the other: Race in America is a form of religious faith, and we will never be […]

Lacan And The Politics Of Psychoanalysis – An Interview With Thomas Svolos

The following is an interview The New Polis conducted in October 2018 with Lacanian psychoanalyst Thomas Svolos. This interview is built around a consideration of his important 2017 book Twenty-First Century Psychoanalysis. In this work, Svolos looks closely at the Lacanian filed in America and draws from his rich experience as a psychoanalyst in an American context. […]

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 England in 1066, and the […]