Against the Grain – September 20, 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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Is capitalism bad for your health? Gabor Maté thinks so. The acclaimed Canadian physician and Marxist discusses capitalism, stress, and chronic illness, inimitably combining profound humanism, dark wit, and extensive knowledge of science and social justice. He makes the compelling case that the psycho-social needs to be taken into account by both the medical establishment … Continued


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


What can Hinduism’s meditative traditions offer to movements for social change? In especially Tantric principles Farah Godrej finds resources for challenging gender, class/caste, and other hierarchies. Of particular significance, in Godrej’s view, is Tantra’s rejection of the matter/spirit dualism that pervades orthodox Hindu philosophical systems. Farah Godrej, “Orthodoxy and Dissent in Hinduism’s Meditative Traditions: A … Continued


Against the Grain

Marie Equi

Anarchist rabble rouser, maverick woman doctor and abortion provider, political prisoner, and out lesbian at the turn of the 20th century — Marie Equi was a remarkable figure who has only recently been recovered from the amnesia of history. Historian Michael Helquist discusses the turbulent life and times of a pioneering radical. (Encore presentation.) Resources: … Continued


It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism, as the popular observation goes. But, according to Betsy Hartmann, that’s an especially American outlook. She discusses what she calls the America Syndrome: the national propensity toward apocalyptic thinking, rooted in religiosity and imperial expansion. Resources: Betsy Hartmann, The America Syndrome: … Continued


Sheldon Wolin, who famously invoked the specter of inverted totalitarianism, also put forward a concept of “fugitive democracy.” While many theorists of democracy found the concept too bleak and despairing, David McIvor argues that Wolin was in fact pushing for the development of enduring, and radically democratic, ways of thinking and acting. (Encore presentation.) David … Continued


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