Against the Grain – March 27, 2017

Against the Grain

A radio and web media project whose aim is to provide in-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism.

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Militarization, Race, and Religion

Against the Grain

According to David Theo Goldberg, society is becoming militarized in myriad, and sometimes subtle, ways. Race, as it’s perceived and deployed, is a key part of this process. Goldberg also asserts that race is the secularization of the religious; that today’s anti-Muslim fervor is not primarily religion-focused; and that many groups working to demilitarize society … Continued


Building Resistance: Three Voices

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At the recent “People Get Ready: Building Resistance in the Trump Era” conference, Linda Burnham spoke about left strategy and the radical imagination; Linda Evans weighed in on the elements of effective grassroots organizing; and Maari Maitreyi commented on caste, Hindu politics, and a textbook controversy. The Center for Political Education All of Us or … Continued


The Marriage of Big Business and Christianity

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It’s well-known that Donald Trump’s electoral support was disproportionately comprised of white voters.  But if you remove white evangelicals from the picture, white voters supported Clinton by a margin of six points. How did evangelicals become such a force in American politics?  And how did Christians—and not just evangelicals—end up supporting the interests of the … Continued


Meditation’s Political Potential

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Meditation may appear to be an intensely individualistic, private activity, but Dean Mathiowetz believes it has significant political potential. He contends that mindfulness meditation fosters what he calls democratic citizenship, in part because of its non-instrumental, “good for nothing” aspect. Dean Mathiowetz, “‘Meditation is Good for Nothing’: Leisure as a Democratic Practice” New Political Science … Continued


CLR James on Politics and Philosophy

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Historian, cultural critic, radical, and writer – those labels only partially capture the breadth of intellect possessed by CLR James.  David Austin discusses the brilliant Trinidadian Marxist, his life and his ideas about philosophy and politics. (Encore presentation.) Resources: CLR James and David Austin (ed), You Don’t Play With Revolution: The Montréal Lectures of C.L.R. … Continued


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