The Tricontinental Conference & Latin American Liberationist Christianity

I am presenting a working paper at the Toronto Christian Left Conference (July 23-24), whose theme is Rethinking the Christian Left from the Belly of Empire: Charting New Paths Beyond Colonization. As an offering to this discussion, I am centering the Tricontinental Conference of 1966 and Latin American liberationist Christianity as a way to think … Continue reading The Tricontinental Conference & Latin American Liberationist Christianity

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

Red Star Over the Third World

Vijay Prashad, Red Star Over the Third World (Pluto Press, 2019). Vijay Prashad's Red Star Over the Third World is an explosive little book that admirably conveys the profound impact of the October Revolution and its continued influence for communist movements in the Third World – with a focus here on Asia, the Middle East, … Continue reading Red Star Over the Third World

The Marx Delusion

Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right (Yale, 2018). Eagleton's witty Why Marx Was Right might be more accurately called something like Marxism Is Not What Most People (viz. Those Who Have Strong Opinions on Marx but Have Probably Never Read Him) Think It Is—or, What If the Common Objections to Marxism Don't Have Anything to Do with Marx's Actual Thought, which in Fact Constitutes a Plausible … Continue reading The Marx Delusion

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