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Explaining Sanders’s “Socialism” to Kansans

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I appreciate the kind attention which The Wichita Eagle recently paid to us local Democrats, progressive liberals, Christian socialists, and various others who are working to promote Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president. We’re doing it for many different reasons: perhaps because we believe that Sanders would make an excellent

Three Takes On Anarchism

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I’ve developed some relatively new intellectual interests over the past year. The most important–at least in terms of its likely long-term impact on the research work I’m doing–is an increased engagement with urban communities, and how questions about governance play out differently depending on the scale of the community in


Mormon Inconsistency on the Christian Question

Are Mormons Christian?  To contemporary Latter-day Saint (LDS) Mormons (the largest Mormon denomination) this question might seem silly.  After all, their church bears the name of Jesus Christ.  But there’s a historical context behind this question that has to do with the history of Christianity and of Mormonism.  Once this context is understood, then the


I don’t want this responsibility*

Causes and effects. Some of the terrible things that are happening in the world are long-term effects of things that happened decades, or centuries, ago. The way in which an act of terrorism against innocents in New York City is tied, configurally, historically, to events of 1649, 1953, or 1876 can’t be reduced to comfortable

West and Dix

Cornel West and Carl Dix Dialogue- December 2nd at UC Berkeley

Where: Pauley Ballroom on UC Berkeley’s Campus When: Friday, December 2nd at 7pm Cornel West, one of America’s most notable intellectuals, and Carl Dix, one of the founders of the Revolutionary Communist Party, will exchange in a dialogue on UC Berkeley’s campus as part of their nation-wide campus tour. Their talk entitled “In the Age of Obama — Police


The Evolving Political Context of GOP Messaging

GOP politicians have no policy answers which don’t result in more money flowing into the hands of the already rich. And all they can think of in terms of messaging is to fall back on their tired history of dividing Americans. But it’s not working this time.

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