Discussing how Mackenzie Wark’s Hacker Manifesto applies to big Ag moves Laurie Johnson into some thoughts on information technology has not only not saved our world but made it worse? … More Meta-Morphed: Is There Any Reason for Techno-Utopian Optimism?
This is a segment from Laurie Johnson’s presentation in the first session of The Maurin Academy’s Fall 2022 short series on Agricultural Biotechnology and the Information Economy. She is guided by information from the first part of Jack Kloppenberg’s First the Seed. The short series with Laurie Johnson and Jakob Hanschu brings Kloppenberg’s scholarship to bear on McKenzie Wark’s The Hacker Manifesto, and vice versa. … More Should Seeds Be Mere Commodities?
In this segment from the Maurin Academy’s short series on Agricultural Biotechnology and the Information Economy, Jakob Hanschu introduces some of McKenzie Wark’s ideas from The Hacker Manifesto that apply to the critique of modern corporate agricultural development supplied by Jack Kloppenberg’s First the Seed. … More Hackers v. Vectoralists or Percy v. Goliath (Maurin Academy Short Series Pt 1: Jakob Hanshu)
This Maurin Academy short series will run on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m Central US time starting August 23 and ending September 20, 2022. Laurie Johnson and Jakob Hanschu will analyze the political economy of agricultural biotechnology using insights from critical studies of the information era. We invite participants to join us. If you would like … More Coming Up: Agricultural Biotechnology and the Information Economy Short Series (Maurin Academy)
In this selection from the final session of Summer Seminar 2022 on Christian Anarchism, I discuss Dorothy Day’s background and motivation for co-founding the Catholic Worker movement with Peter Maurin. Dorothy Day is currently being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church, and there is a growing interest in her philosophy and work.
The Maurin Academy’s next short series, on Agricultural biotechnology and information technology, will start in late August. Sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agriculture-biotechnology-the-information-economy-tickets-373417821757 … More Who Was Dorothy Day? (Christian Anarchism Clip 5)
Abortion in the US is a part of the torn social fabric that pro-life Christians, along with everyone else, have created.Without taking real responsibility for that reality, the changes in state law will probably just make things worse. What would Christians have to do next to be truly pro-life and to abandon what Pope John Paul II called the culture of death? … More Why Overturning Roe is Not a Victory
I will be teaching a public class in six sessions again this summer. If you’re interested, go to the Eventbrite page. You can use the coupon code PPHQ to receive $25 off the $75 registration fee. This is my second public summer seminar. My first one covered the economic philosophy of distributism. Good news–reading is … More Summer Seminar 2022: Christian Anarchism
Summer 2022: Laurie Johnson will offer a Seminar on Christian Anarchism. All proceeds from this course after fees are paid will go to support the mission of MORTC/Blue Valley Greens organic farm in Kansas City, MO. To enroll in this course on MORTC’s in Kansas City’s store, go to their Square site. Friends of MORTC, use the … More Registration Now Open for Introduction to Christian Anarchism Summer Seminar 2022
I’m having trouble with posting the podcast to iTunes, so I’m trying again with our latest conversation to see what happens! … More Stop the Culture Wars: A Plea to the US Left (ft. Chris Cutrone, Matt Christman, Catherine Liu)
I’ve made this book free or nearly free for awhile now. You can get it on Kindle for 1.99, or download it from ResearchGate for free. I realized I had never just posted it on my blog, so here it is. It takes the reader through some of the classics of political thought via the … More Free Text: Political Thought: A Guide to the Classics