This is a great, searching vision. In its majesty and profundity, in its perception of the evil inherent in human nature, it exposes the shallow religiosity of a born-again White House that, against every Augustinian and Calvinist insight, proclaims the doctrine of the inherent goodness of man and the aspiration to produce a government as good, decent, virtuous, loving, etc., as the American people. The challenge to American smugness and hedonism, to the mediocrity of our mass culture, to the decline of self-discipline and civic spirit, is bracing and valuable.

If you’re interested in why Christians are so confusing, it’s because most don’t know, quite frankly, the basic principles of core Christianity. Your beliefs about Christianity, though, (and even about most world religions, for that matter), are probably profoundly incorrect. You have the right to be apathetic, but you don’t have the right to be needlessly ignorant. Read on if you want to know what I think is going on…

Excavating the Archaeology of Oppressive Discourses — Blackness and the Sports-Industrial Complex


A friend asked me to problematize a gossip column released by TMZ concerning a recent event at a UCLA sporting facility.

I’d like to highlight the work of Theresa Runstedtler (cf. her American University profile), specifically her 2011 paper on black labor in the sports-industrial complex. From the abstract, the following paragraph — which includes my interjections and framing — highlights some of the more structural criticisms I have with what I insist on calling l’américain folâtre la scène—the American sports scene.