Martin Luther King Jr. as Social Gospel Socialist: Economic Democracy, Religious Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Black Power
Gary Dorrien unpacks the formation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s full-orbed Christian socialism and the role it played in his activism and the Black freedom movement.
Klaus Yoder profiles Law and Order Catholicism and points towards a non-dualistic vision of faith and safety.
Christine Emba’s recent book attempts to diagnose the malaise of contemporary sex culture. But her persistent avoidance of queer experience and theory, as well as an insufficient analysis of capitalism, thwarts her attempt at a new sexual ethic beyond consent.
In this exhausted political moment, a reactionary antipolitics is ascendent — one that looks to “traditional” aesthetic and religious pursuits as an antidote to the spiritual dead-end of conventional “woke” liberalism and free-market conservatism.
From gendered exclusions to the explicitly carceral capitalism of sharecropping, the predator class squeezed profit from precarity. It is one lesson they have not forgotten despite their erasure of slavery and its afterlives from public memory.