October 20, 2021

Pluritopic Hermeneutics, Polycentricity And Islamic Diplomacy – Rethinking The Praxis Of Modern Diplomacy In Light Of Al-Ghazzal’s Embassy To 18th Century Spain, 1766-1767 (Achraf Idrissi)

Overview The aim of this article is to foreground a praxis of non-Western diplomacy within a rubric of interplay among international relations, cultural representation and intellectual thought. The 18th century Moroccan ambassador Ahmad al-Ghazzal’s diplomatic travelogue The Fruits of Struggle in Diplomacy and War (1776-1777) uncovers a certain segment of the diplomatic universe that has been heretofore overlooked, […]

The Meaning Of January 6, 2021 – Editorial Response I (Roger Green)

The following is the first of a series of responses on the part of the editorial staff of The New Polis to the events of January 6, 2021. In the wake of the events at the Unites States’ Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the editorial staff at The New Polis has decided to open […]

Antiracism And Antifascism – How The Aims Of Black And White Militants Are Subtly Beginning To Part Ways (Carl Raschke)

The following is the second of a four-part series on the current upsurge in antiracist activism in America as well as its intellectual roots, historical context, and implications. The first can be found here. Ever since the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in late May of this year many of America’s […]

Racism, Anti-Racism, And Marxism – How Poststructuralism Morphed The Emancipatory Project Into “Progressive Neoliberalism” (Carl Raschke)

The following is the first of a four-part series on the current upsurge in antiracist activism in America as well as its intellectual roots, historical context, and implications. Since the killing of George Floyd untold white people supposedly have all of a sudden discovered something known as “racism.”    Furthermore, this discovery has gone hand […]

History Repeated As Farce – White Anarchists Must Not Co-Opt The Movement For Black Justice (Carl Raschke)

This article is republished from the author’s private blog at thoughtsoutofseason.net “We want justice, we want anarchy”. Thus read a sign of protesters standing this past weekend in the median of a major four-lane thoroughfare near a major shopping area in northwest suburban Dallas. Though it was a black man holding the sign, the vast […]

Impeachment, Hyperpartisanship, And “The Democratic Paradox” (Carl Raschke)

The impeachment circus has now finished playing to Washington town after six months, all the time taxing its motley audience to the outer limits of their attention span.  In the meantime, we came within a hair’s breadth of going to war with Iran, and the novel coronavirus has virtually shut down China while morphing into […]

Rescuing Political Theology From Its Passionate Partisans (Carl Raschke)

It is high time, I fear, for someone to call “bovine body waste” on the seemingly inexhaustible creativity in the current overuse and abuse of the phrase “political theology.” Ever since Carl Schmitt minted the term in the 1920s, it has wobbled over the generations not only in its connotations, but also in its theoretical […]

Migration And “Waning Sovereignty” – Humanitarian Challenge Or Crisis Of The Political? (Carl Raschke)

Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, albeit not by a popular majority of votes, largely on his promise to “build the wall” that would stem the tide of illegal immigration across the southern border.  Two and a half years into his administration the trope of the “wall” has become a master signifier […]

The Use And Abuse Of The Term “Political” (Jonathan Cole)

Definitions of “politics” and “the political” are legion in scholarship. At the extremities of the spectrum one encounters mutually exclusive definitions. Betwixt one finds a bewildering assortment of cross-cutting variation. This definitional diversity reflects the fact that scholarly definitions of “politics” and “political” are fundamentally stipulative. Whatever referent in reality they purport to signify, their […]

The Value Of Nature – A Critical Account of Anthropocentrism In Politics, Part 3 (Anne Fremaux)

The following is the final installment of a three-part article.  Part one can be found by clicking here.  Part two can be found by clicking here.  The defense of nature can be considered a political problem in so far as it involves the issue of freedom. As shown earlier, the freedom of humans is put […]