Ideology, Fetishism, Apophaticism: Marxist Criticism and Christianity

I am very pleased to share my first article published in an academic journal, "Ideology, Fetishism, Apophaticism: Marxist Criticism and Christianity," which is forthcoming in New Blackfriars and can be read online in full here. (Note: if the token has expired on this link, see below for a draft version.) Publication in this journal is … Continue reading Ideology, Fetishism, Apophaticism: Marxist Criticism and Christianity

Two World Views of the Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution: A View from the Third World (Verso, 2018) compiles a series of lectures given by Walter Rodney, the black Guyanese radical, at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. (Jesse Benjamin and Robin D.G. Kelley have done amazing work in editing and presenting these lectures as a book.) Writing from the … Continue reading Two World Views of the Russian Revolution

Los Angeles Intellectuals

As a guide to understanding the cultural mythology and socio-geographical history of the singular American city that represents both "the utopia and dystopia for advanced capitalism," there is none more incisive than Mike Davis' City of Quartz, a tour de force which offers perhaps the definitive account of the land "south of the Tehachapis" even … Continue reading Los Angeles Intellectuals

The Origin of Capitalism

A précis of Ellen Meiksins Wood, The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View (Verso, 2017). There is a story told about capitalism—mostly by its proponents: classical liberals, American conservatives, libertarians, and the like; but also sometimes inadvertently by its Marxist critics—that sees this system as synonymous with human nature in all times and all places, as the innate … Continue reading The Origin of Capitalism