Bureaucrat or Commodity? Becoming Human Again

Sean Kerrigan, author of Bureaucratic Insanity:  The American Bureaucrat’s Descent into Madnesssays that civilization is about the concentration of power. We are at a point now in which bureaucracy has stripped our lives of meaning.  We will talk about bureaucracy, collapse, and finding ways to resist.

I also speak with Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor of history and African and African Diaspora Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is the author of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh:  The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building Of A Nation.

The overarching theme this week is the commodification of human beings and how we can reclaim and assert our humanity and the humanity of others.

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Jesus Was A Communist

Were the early Christians communists? Roman Montero makes the case that they were and backs it up with his book All Things In Common: The Economic Practices of the Early Christians.  Roman A. Montero spends a lot of time studying early Christianity, Koine Greek, early Christian texts, and the historical context of second temple Judaism.

Roman explains his use of the word “communism” in this short essay from Dandelion Salad:

“The actual classical meaning of the word, the meaning that actually represents something in reality, is basically nothing more than any social-relationship or structure where the principle of “from each according to his ability to each according to his need” is the primary moral framework of the social relationship or structure. Instead of replacing the term with something else, I went through the trouble of breaking down what communism actually means and contrasting it with other principles of social-relationships like hierarchy or exchange. The reason I stuck with the term “communism” was simple: that term is simply the most fitting term for the economic practices of the early Christians that differentiated them from the larger Roman world; the more I studied the issue the more I became convinced of that.”

 

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The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse

The Walking Dead. The Night of the Living Dead. Sean of the Dead. Z Nation. We can’t seem to get enough of the zombies. So what is that about?
Greg Garrett is Professor of English at Baylor University, where he teaches classes in fiction and screenwriting, literature, film and popular culture, and theology. The author or coauthor of twenty books on fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, Garrett (according to the BBC) is one of Americas leading voices on religion and culture.
Professor Garrett says that we love killing zombies for a number of reasons. When societies face looming catastrophes and fears, zombies rise. His book is Living with the Living Dead: The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse.

Matthew Fox: A Creation Spirituality Journey ENCORE

This is an encore podcast of my conversation with Matthew Fox that I previously released in November 2016.

Matthew Fox. Silenced by the Vatican for his views, left the Catholic priesthood in the early 1980s. Matthew Fox is a theologian and activist who has written over 30 books. He has introduced millions of people to Creation Spirituality. His latest book, published in 2016 is called A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey. According to Fox, Merton was assassinated by the CIA. We will talk more about that as well as have a candid conversation about ecology, human rights, capitalism, and resistance.

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