September 19, 2021

Critical Conversations 8 – Theory In Action – The Art Of “Doing” Theory With Jonathan Fardy

This conversation took place March 16, 2021. Full transcript is provided below. Critical Conversations 8 presents some compelling topics addressed by Jonathan Fardy in his recent text, Althusser and Art (Zer0 Books, 2020). Far from simply being a book about Louis Althusser, the book addresses questions concerning theory in general, and traditional distinctions between theory and praxis.  […]

The Birth Of Modern “Sovereignty” – The Dialectic Of Subjection And Abjection, Part 2 (Carl Raschke)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. It is not incidental that the apologists for these necropolitical regimes as they were in the midst of their formation always considered them “humane” in some ironic, if not perverse, sense of the word.  The Spanish Conquistadors essentially wielded against […]

The Meaning Of Jan. 6, 2021 – Editorial Response III (Diana Able, Alyssa Putzer, Jared Lacy, Rachel Foley)

The following is the third of a series of responses on the part of the editorial staff of The New Polis to the events of January 6, 2021. The first one can be found here, the second here. In the wake of the events at the Unites States’ Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the editorial […]

“Naming The Darkness,” Spiritual Violence, And Radical Incompleteness – Resituating A Political Theology, Part 2 (James E. Willis, III)

The following is the first of a two-part series. The first can be found here. It is republished from Religious Theory on May 9, 2020. A philosophy of finite human time is one way to read Martin Hägglund’s recent This Life because time is of critical importance in his corpus to date. His interpretation of Marx centers on “labor […]

Identity Politics And Ressentiment, Part 2 (Camila Bassi)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Privilege Production of Impasse – The case of the Deadlock Between Radical Feminists and Trans Activists In February 2015, a letter titled “We cannot allow censorship and silencing of individuals” was published in The Guardian, signed by several academics […]

Identity Politics And Ressentiment, Part 1 (Camila Bassi)

“The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.” – Karl Marx “the late modern liberal subject quite literally seethes with ressentiment.” – Wendy Brown The following is the first of a two-part series. Prologue At the UK-based National Campaign Against Fees And Cuts (NCAFC) annual conference, […]

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 […]

“Progressive Neoliberalism” – Symbolic Capitalism And The Global Reproduction Of The “Precariat” (Interview With Carl Raschke)

The following is the first in a series of “book interviews” (as opposed to book “reviews”) which the The New Polis will be undertaking with certain recent authors.  The first title to be considered is by NP Senior Consulting Editor Carl Raschke. Raschke, Carl.  Neoliberalism and Political Theology: From Kant to Identity Politics.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh […]

The Machine Is the Garden – Concepts Of Ecology And Nature In The Anthropocene (Simon Schleusener)

A version of this article was first presented at the 8th Biennial EASLCE Conference (“The Garden: Ecological Paradigms of Space, History, and Community”) at the University of Würzburg, September 26-29, 2018. As scholars in American Studies and related fields will have noticed, the title of the following article refers to Leo Marx’s book The Machine […]

Politics And Its Double – Deleuze And Political Ontology, Part 1 (Borna Radnik)

The following is the first of a four-part series.  Is the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze directly political? There are essentially three possible answers to such a question. First, if the answer to the question is yes, then it is expected that the philosophy either deals explicitly with political concepts, or expresses a certain view regarding […]