Category: Politics

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda (II)

Here is Kaunda, still setting out what he means by “African Humanism,” in the opening chapter of A Humanist in Africa. Here he is arguing that there are certain values in traditional African culture (an admittedly tricky term which he doesn’t...

/ June 24, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda (1)

For reasons I may explain later, I’m doing a bit of a deep dive on some pan-Africanist thinkers right now, currently working on Kenneth Kaunda but with plans to also return to Julius Nyerere and Kwame Nkrumah later, both of...

/ June 22, 2022

What I Saw at the Justice Summit

Last week I spent two days on the south side of Chicago attending the justice summit at Progressive Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. Dr. Charlie Dates. These are some general observations from my time there, though I expect that...

/ June 21, 2022

Institutional Trust v Relational Trust

My colleague at Davenant, Justin Redemer: Relational trust will replace institutional trust in the next decade. — Justin Redemer (@j_redemer) May 27, 2022 This is correct. It is also extremely bad.

/ May 27, 2022

If Teddy Roosevelt is a Nationalist then “Nationalism” has No Meaning

Sen. Hawley in Compact: Roosevelt advocated a robust, realistic American nationalism. He believed in the nation-state, and in the American nation above all. He didn’t seek to outsource US sovereignty (like the liberals) or make all the world a client of...

/ May 25, 2022

Re: John Adams’s Fear

This is worth a read from David:

/ April 27, 2022

Church Life and Social Collapse

Anne Helen Petersen recently featured a piece on her Substack written by a Peloton customer sharing her experience with the company. What’s most striking about the piece is the title, though it is helpful to read the whole thing to...

/ April 26, 2022

Opportunities for Renewal After the Sexual Revolution

Matt Yglesias has an astute piece noting some reasons for concern amongst progressives re: the long string of success their movement has enjoyed with regards to LGBT+ issues: We had a roughly 10-year period of political routs (starting with the...

/ March 25, 2022

Hating God

In his book on the transformation of sexuality in the Roman world brought about by Christianity, Kyle Harper observes that Christianity was experienced as a deeply liberating force by many in the empire. For Romans, the sexual energy of men...

/ February 18, 2022

Critical Race Theory Isn’t Going to Get You

In an old standup bit from a few years before his untimely death, Norm Macdonald mocked the way American media sometimes manufactures fear through their coverage of global affairs before memorably pivoting to the one country that really did scare him....

/ February 14, 2022