Dustbowl Diatribes 2: The Spoils of Egypt

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Spencer Hess and Laurie Johnson talk about the “Spoils of Egypt” concept from Christian theology, how it has operated in the past, and what is keeping people from using it now. In the past, Christian theologians have often “plundered” secular theology for its riches, taking what was useful and true in light of Christian revelation, and leaving what was not. … More Dustbowl Diatribes 2: The Spoils of Egypt

Chris Cutrone on the Hidden Potential of Liberalism and Possible Futures (Part 2-audio)

In this second half of my interview with Chris Cutrone, we discuss his view that Enlightenment liberalism holds the potential to liberate mankind but only if capitalism gets out of its way. We discuss ways in which this might happen (futures), and the potential risks and benefits involved. Along the way we discuss Democrats, Republicans, environmental challenges, and the reason to persevere in extremely challenging times. … More Chris Cutrone on the Hidden Potential of Liberalism and Possible Futures (Part 2-audio)

Chris Cutrone on the Hidden Potential of Liberalism and Possible Futures (Part 2-video)

In this second half of my interview with Chris Cutrone, we discuss his view that Enlightenment liberalism holds the potential to liberate mankind but only if capitalism gets out of its way. We discuss ways in which this might happen (futures), and the potential risks and benefits involved. Along the way we discuss Democrats, Republicans, environmental challenges, and the reason to persevere in extremely challenging times. Cutrone is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and he also teaches at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. He is the original lead organizer of the Platypus Affiliated Society, and the editor of the volume Marxism in the Age of Trump, co-author of Adorno’s Leninism, and the forthcoming Marxism and Politics: Essays on Critical Theory and the Party (out later this year), along with numerous articles on critical theory and current events. … More Chris Cutrone on the Hidden Potential of Liberalism and Possible Futures (Part 2-video)

Chris Cutrone on the Death (and Life) of the Left and the Meaning of Trump (Part I)

This is the first part of my recent interview of Chris Cutrone. In this part, he explains his slogan “the left is dead; long live the left,” and we get into his take on the meaning of the American Revolution. We discuss the place of the U.S. in revolutionary history, the impact we are having currently, and how that could be different. . … More Chris Cutrone on the Death (and Life) of the Left and the Meaning of Trump (Part I)

Chris Cutrone on the Death (and Life) of the Left and the Meaning of Trump (Part I-Video)

This is the first part of my recent interview of Chris Cutrone. In this part, he explains his slogan “the left is dead; long live the left,” and we get into his take on the meaning of the American Revolution. We discuss the place of the U.S. in revolutionary history, the impact we are having currently, and how that could be different. … More Chris Cutrone on the Death (and Life) of the Left and the Meaning of Trump (Part I-Video)