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On this episode of Polemics Report for July 28th, 2021, JD talks about “Christians” living by lies – “churches” that bend to the LGBTQ+ mob and Christians who continue to fall for government lies and propaganda surrounding the “pandemic.” During the Patron portion, JD and David discuss women in combat, being friends with people we disagree with, an…
 
The Marxist philosopher Theodor Adorno once quipped that much of his work was written without practical applications in mind, and that the constant demand for immediate practical relevance felt like being asked by occupied forces to present one’s papers. While hyperbolic, the frustration is real among many progressive activists and intellectuals, a…
 
On this episode of Polemics Report for July 21st, 2021, JD discusses some of the fallout from the recent Protestia expose on the Docent Group, then talks about why Christians should continue to use the term to properly define those who are woke, despite the protestations of Relevant Magazine. In the Patron portion, JD talks about the continuing tri…
 
Elite white women have branded feminism, promising an apolitical individual empowerment along with sexual liberation and satisfaction, LGBTQ inclusion, and racial solidarity. As Rafia Zakaria expertly argues in Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption (W. W. Norton, 2021), those promises have been proven empty and white feminists have leant on t…
 
Gramsci’s concept of hegemony is often invoked, but usually as a means of cultural critique and analysis. However, my guest Lorenzo Fusaro argues in his recent book Crises and Hegemonic Transitions: From Gramsci's Quaderni to the Contemporary World Economy (Haymarket Books, 2020) that Gramsci’s work is permeated by Marx’s economic critique and his …
 
In The Devil's Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past (University of Toronto Press, 2020), Amy S. Kaufman and Paul B. Sturtevant examine the many ways in which the medieval past has been manipulated to promote discrimination, oppression, and murder. Tracing the fetish for “medieval times” behind toxic ideologies like nationalism,…
 
Scott Krzych's book Beyond Bias: Conservative Media, Documentary Form, and the Politics of Hysteria (Oxford University Press, 2021) offers the first scholarly study of contemporary right-wing documentary film and video. Drawing from contemporary work in political theory and psychoanalytic theory, the book identifies what author Scott Krzych describ…
 
According to Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) 'Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.' Connecting the politics of abolition to wider emancipatory struggles for liberation and social justice, David Scott's book For Abolition: Essays on Prisons and Socialist Ethics (Waterside Press, 2020) argues that pe…
 
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On this episode of Polemics Report for July 12th, 2021, JD puts to rest once and for all the charges of slander against him as it pertains to James White and White’s fanboys, chronicling nearly every specific instance between the two men over the last few years. Special guest Seth Dunn of the Christian Commute joins to discuss Apologia Church secre…
 
"The point of studying the world – including the past and other’s writings – is not just to understand it but to use that understanding to change it." – Harry Cleaver (33 Lessons from Capital – On Reading Marx Politically) Listening to Robert Ovetz explain the origins of his interest in the study of labor and his academic influences I was reminded …
 
We’ve been ​“saving the planet” for decades…and environmental crises just get worse. All this Tesla driving and LEED building and carbon trading seems to accomplish little to nothing — all while low-income communities continue to suffer the worst consequences. Why aren’t we cleaning up the toxic messes and rolling back climate change? And why do so…
 
If many people were shocked by Donald Trump’s 2016 election, many more were stunned when, months later, white supremacists took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting “Blood and Soil” and “Jews will not replace us!” Like Trump, the Charlottesville marchers were dismissed as aberrations—crazed extremists who did not represent the real…
 
Students of American history know that the framers of the Constitution were deeply concerned that the United States would founder on the shoals of mob rule. They designed a system meant to ensure rule by an elected elite, a republic rather than a democracy. While democratic elements have been introduced over the past two centuries, that basic struc…
 
On this episode of Polemics Report for June 23rd, 2021, JD and David discuss the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting with SBC Executive Committee member Rod Martin, including some of what happened during the meeting and whether or not SBC entities should be supported at this time. In the patrons-only portion, JD and David discuss with Rod whether or not it is …
 
From an award-winning civil rights lawyer, a profound challenge to our society's normalization of the caging of human beings, and the role of the legal profession in perpetuating it Alec Karakatsanis is interested in what we choose to punish. Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System (New Press, 2019) is a profoundly…
 
In Rebirthing a Nation: White Women, Identity Politics, and the Internet (U Mississippi Press, 2021), author Wendy K. Z. Anderson details how white nationalist and alt-right women refine racist rhetoric and web design as a means of protection and simultaneous instantiation of white supremacy, which conservative political actors including Sarah Pali…
 
In this episode of Polemics Report for June 14, 2021, JD Hall interviewed an open air preacher whose groups had the cops called on them for asking SBC President, JD Greear, to repent of his bad theology. Judd Saul also joined us to discuss who he saw and heard at the SBC meeting. In the Patreon portion, JD discusses Puritanism vs. Separatism, and t…
 
On this episode of Polemics Report for June 8th, 2021, JD explains the origins of his issues with former contributors at Pulpit and Pen like Kofi Adu-Boahen, who violated the trust of his fellow ministers and attacked Protestia, and the difficulty of constantly being attacked by so-called “respectable” public ministers. In the patron portion, JD ex…
 
Matthew Karp is a historian of the U.S. Civil War era and its relationship to the nineteenth-century world. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and joined the Princeton faculty in 2013. The piece we are talking about is The Politics of a Second Gilded Age, published in February 2021 in The Jacobin. His first…
 
In a time when questions about patriotism, nationalism, multiculturalism, and the like are sure to stir up controversy, Steven Smith offers a careful, balanced defense of what he calls “enlightened patriotism.” Smith, a professor of political science at Yale University, makes a point of distinguishing patriotism from nationalism; the latter, he wri…
 
In recent years Americans have experienced a range of assaults upon the truth. In The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth (Brookings Institution Press, 2021), Jonathan Rauch describes the various ways in which our understanding of truth has come under attack, and the mechanisms that exist to fight back. As Rauch explains, the challenge of…
 
The predominantly secular focus of socialism can often obscure the parts of its ideology that reflect the elements it inherited from Western religious thinking. In Socialism as a Secular Creed: A Modern Global History (Lexington Books, 2021), Andrei Znamenski shows how this religious inheritance created elements within it that were closer in form t…
 
Brace yourself for a sobering analysis of the state of the body politic and national soul. America is ailing from three main afflictions that are dangerously undermining the nation’s ability to act in the interest of the common good. So argues Joshua Mitchell, a professor of political theory at Georgetown University, in his 2020 book, American Awak…
 
In The Path to Free College: In Pursuit of Access, Equity, and Prosperity (Harvard Education Press, 2021), Michelle Miller-Adams argues that tuition-free college, if pursued strategically and in alignment with other sectors, can be a powerful agent of change. She makes the case that broadly accessible and affordable higher education is in the publi…
 
On this episode of Polemics Report for May 25th, 2021, JD and the Protestia/P&P team celebrate the exit of Russell Moore from the SBC by taking a walk down polemics memory lane. Special guests Seth Dunn of the Christian Commute and Dustin Germaine of Protestia. . #kt-layout-id_7e55ab-9b{background-color:#abb8c3;}#kt-layout-id_7e55ab-9b .kt-row-layo…
 
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