"Fall and Winter: A survival guide for the 21st Century"
By Jeriah Bowser
Yesterday evening, I did something revolutionary. Well, revolutionary for me, that is: I bought a movie. I haven't bought a movie for over six years because, well, there's just not that many movies I care to pay money for or watch more than once. I bought this movie because, after a friend showed it to me, I couldn't form a coherent sentence for hours. I was horrified, fascinated, and inspired all at once; my mind and heart were reeling with the realization of what I had just witnessed, an awareness that I will never be able to look at our planet and its inhabitants in the same way again. I had just witnessed a coherent summary of humanity's epic journey towards civilization, agriculture, technology, domination, and empire - and had peeked over the cliff at the terrible consequences we are about to face for our arrogant disconnection from Nature and each other.
The Origins and Continued Relevancy of Black Feminist Thought in the United States
By Cherise Charleswell
Academics, second-wave, and third-wave feminists would likely agree that the Black Feminist movement grew out of, and more importantly, in response to, the Black Liberation Movement (itself an out-growth of the Civil Rights Movement), and the Women's Movement taking place in the United States and the West. The title of the groundbreaking anthology, All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But some of us are Brave, published in 1982, and edited by Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, perfectly illustrates the sentiments behind the need for the development of the Black Feminist Movement. In short, Black women were being marginalized and openly discriminated against in both movements, and they were finding it difficult or impossible to build solidarity with those who were also acting as their oppressors. All too often, "black" was equated with black men..
Revisiting Liberation Theology
Poverty, Sin, and the Making of a New Religious Paradigm
By Michael Orion Powell
Periodically, in my life, I've explored religion. I am from a Western Christian background, so naturally it is Christianity that I immerse myself in cyclically. No matter how much I have looked in to religion, however, I have almost always stepped out. There is a great deal of hesitation and fear that comes with any group of religious people - as religion almost always brings out the most judgmental nature in people. Unfortunately, rather than place judgment on real and profound problems in the world, American Christians often waste their lives developing an array of self-inflicted moral phobias. The devout in Christian circles spend quite a bit of time worrying about things like homosexuality, sex outside of marriage, adultery, drug and alcohol use, the use of profanity, masturbating, abortion, and even the anti-Protestant nature of government-funded welfare. In the world of right-wing, American religiosity, these "sins" have been deemed..
Gramsci in Reverse
Organic Capitalism's Stealthy Counter
By Lancelot Kirby
The twentieth century Marxist thinker Antonio Gramsci is rightly famous for his concept of the organic intellectual, a term he interpreted to mean an individual from the lower classes who would work to critique the dominant culture of society used by the ruling class to control the population. I contend that there is a flip side to this coin. That, just as an intellectual may arise organically from the lower classes to critique the culture, there is also an organic mechanism of capital for neutralizing such threats. The observation is not unique, but so pernicious I felt it deserved to be clarified and brought out into the open. At one end of the spectrum, the potential organic intellectual accepts, while still young, the propaganda that a college education is the best way out of poverty. Putting aside the problem of mounting student debt, there is the equally serious problem of the quality of education itself, a problem dealt with at great length by..