August 4, 2021

Walter Benjamin’s Notes On Various Topics, Part 2

Translated by Rachel Thomas.  Edited  by Carl Raschke. The following is the second part of a series of translated fragments (or “short prose”) from the writings of Walter Benjamin, beginning around the time of World War I.  The first part can be found here.  Some of these fragments, such as the section on the famous […]

The Pharmakon and Ayahuasca Globalization (Roger Green)

Jacques Derrida theorized in an interview on “The Rhetoric of Drugs”: The production and distribution of drugs are, of course, primarily organized by right-wing forces or regimes, by a certain form of capitalism.  But in Western Europe drug consumption and certain drug culture are often associated with vaguely anti-establishment, left-leaning ideology, whereas the brutality of […]

Expanding the Rhetorical, Genealogical, and New Materialist Implications of Joshua Ramey’s The Politics of Divination (Joshua Hanan)

The following is part of a series of responses to Joshua Ramey’s book, Politics of Divination.  You can read our interview with Ramey here.  You can read Carl Raschke’s response to Ramey’s work here. Joshua Ramey’s book, The Politics of Divination, is one of the most incisive accounts of neoliberalism currently available to scholars in […]

The Problem With “Christian” Political Theology – It’s Greek, Not Christian (Jonathan Cole)

Christian political theology has a problem, which for want of imagination I dub its “Greek problem.” Michael Walzer highlighted the essence of this problem in his stimulating book In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible: But there is no political theory in the Bible. Political theory is a Greek invention. Nor is there a […]

Call For Submissions – Drugs And Capitalism

Drugs and spices have long been at the center of global trade, but the concept of “drug” in its modern, Western sense is particularly derived from interactions with cultural “others.”  Thinkers such as Jacques Derrida have written on the ancient Pharmakon and its relationship to signification and sacrifice. As Richard DeGrandpre writes in the opening […]

The Missed Encounter Between Critical Theory And American Pragmatism (Daniel Tutt)

The German Frankfurt School theorist and philosopher Max Horkheimer’s Eclipse of Reason (1947) presents one of the most thorough and far-ranging critiques of American philosophy and of American thought ever written. But within months of the publication of this book its scathing critique would effectively terminate the spread of the Frankfurt School in American academic […]

Performative Film Practices In Tamil Politics, Part 2 (Giulia Battaglia)

The following article is the second installment of a two-part series.  The first installment appears here. Sundararaj Baskaran’s assumption that traditional popular songs and dramas did not much affect south Indian cinema until the coming of sound in 1930s is contestable. While at the beginning of the 1920s popular songs started to be reproduced, standardized, […]

On Enduring Borders And The Erasure Of Indigeneity, Part 3 (Roger Green)

The following is the third and final installment of Roger Green’s ongoing article.  The first installment can be found here. The second can be found here. I have been posting regarding the concept of Indigeneity as a necessary category, stressing the conceptual nature of the term to emphasize the ethical implications for non-Indigenous thinkers like myself as […]

On Marx, Stiegler, And The Neoliberal ‘Commodity’ – Further Conversation With Joshua Ramey (Carl Raschke)

This article is a follow-up to the interview conducted by New Polis general editor Roger Green with Joshua Ramey on neoliberalism and the “politics of divination.” Joshua Ramey’s take on neoliberalism, as laid out in The New Polis interview, as an efficient system for “dividuating” the paradigmatic rights-bearing individual of classic liberal theory has some […]

On Neoliberalism And The Politics Of Divination – An Interview With Joshua Ramey

The following is an interview The New Polis conducted in May 2018 with Joshua Ramey. It largely concerns his influential 2016 book, Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency.  The intereview was conducted by NP general editor Roger Green. TNP:  In the final chapter of Politics of Divination, you argue for “a divinatory […]