December 4, 2022

The Ontological Violence of Engaged Pluralism (Luke Barnesmoore)

In many cases, by documenting the way settler colonial power ascends to unquestioned normalcy and recirculates as natural and given, the decolonizing project becomes one of suggesting counter realities or alternative ways of knowing and being. – Sarah de Leeuw and Sarah Hunt, “Unsettling Decolonizing Geographies” Introduction It is important to begin this discussion by […]

The Latino Case For Race And Class Fusion – A Conversation With Ian Haney Lopez, Part 1 (Interview)

Ian F. Haney López is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a number of influential books in critical race theory including White By Law: The Legal Construction of Race (New York University Press, 1997) and Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals […]

Critical Conversations 6 – On Decoloniality With Walter Mignolo (Victor Taylor, Walter Mignolo)

The following is the video and transcript of the sixth “Critical Conversation”, a monthly Zoom seminar with advance registration sponsored by The New Polis and Whitestone Publications and involving indigenous and international scholars. The seminar took place on Jan. 12, 2020 Roger Green: Good morning, everybody. Thank you for your patience. My name is Roger Green, I’m […]

A Gloss On ‘Political Theology’ And The Psychedelic Nature of Recent Political Unrest (Roger Green)

What follows updates some excerpts from my book, A Transatlantic Political Theology of Psychedelic Aesthetics (Palgrave 2019). Related excerpts may also be found with respect to Walter Benjamin in The Journal For Cultural and Religious Theory. Preparing for our Critical Conversation next week on An American Indian Critique of Sovereignty, a colleague who’s been to several of […]

Liberalism, Revolution, And Unbelief – Guillaume Groen’s Reactionary Political Theology Of Revelation (Simon P. Kennedy)

We are living in the most interesting of times. The world is being ravaged by a deadly virus. Economic ruin seems to be descending on much of the world after government responses to COVID-19. Racial tensions have spilt over into what appears to be the end of a stable regime of law and order in […]

Liberal, Republican and Deliberative Democratic Civil Disobedience – The Curious Case Of Edward Snowden, Part 2 (Daniel Muller)

The following is the last of a two-part series. This portion examines the case of Snowden in detail. The first installment can be found here. The Case of Edward Snowden as Deliberative Democratic Disobedience Having covered the core aspects of several theories of civil disobedience, I want now to argue that Edward Snowden’s actions are […]

Liberal, Republican and Deliberative Democratic Civil Disobedience – The Curious Case Of Edward Snowden, Part 1 (Daniel Muller)

The following is the first of a two-part series. The second portion examines the case of Snowden in detail. In his Theory of Justice (1971) John Rawls provides an outline of the conditions of the standard liberal model of civil disobedience about when and how civil disobedience is justified in ‘nearly just’ liberal democracies. While […]

“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 […]

Amorous Agonism And The Allergy To Difference – Part 2 (Roger Green)

In my previous post, I drew on a longer genealogy of liberalism by Aryeh Botwinick to address Catherine Keller’s recent book, Political Theology of the Earth.  Botwinick’s “The Good of Liberalism: Weak Messianism” develops a genealogy of weak messianism informing liberalism as far back as Maimonides.  He then sees a parallel in post-holocaust Jewish ethical philosophy, […]

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 […]