Queer Space Communism

One of my favourite franchise is Star Trek, a futuristic saga that tackles a variety of social issues such as racism, queerphobia, misogyny, war, etc… through allegory, time travel, and my favourite, depicting a society that no longer faces these issues at large. Unfortunately one of the weaker areas of the franchise has been its depiction of queer persons. The strongest episode in this area comes from the fan series Phase II, which produced after two 1/2 decades of being suppressed, two episodes focused on the AIDS crisis and revolving around the character of Kirk’s gay nephew. These are two really strong episodes. The rest of the batch tend to use allegory or place the queerness onto an alien species, making it more palatable for the straight human audience.

I want to see a vison of the future that isn’t dominated by whiteness and cishetness. Where the natural variance in human expression and love is seen, heard, and explored. Sadly at this point, despite whatever the new series Discover may do for queer representation, in terms of overall world building it is too late for Star Trek. Over its many series and through the use of time travel Star Trek has depicted humanity’s future from the 22nd century all the way to the 30th, and during all that time the traditionally masculine characters are men, the traditional femme characters are women, there have been no openly queer main characters, and no representation of how sex and gender are oppressive social constructs. So I will still watch the new show, but I think we might need something entirely new- free of Star Trek’s historical muck that can depict humanity in its true magnificence.

(The following is a list of the queer ST episodes for those interested.)

Blood & Fire – Star Trek: Phase II (semi-official fan-series)

The Outcast – TNG

Rejoined – DS9

Chimera – DS9

The Host – TNG

Stigma – Enterprise

 

 

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The Proletariat of the 21st Century

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The history of all hitherto societies is that of the contradictions between classes, and the struggles between said classes, whereby one class imposes its collective will over another. In the case of capitalist societies, the bourgeoisie over the proletariat; in the case of socialist societies, the proletariat over the bourgeoisie. This is not to say that class contradictions cease to be when one class overtakes another, as such an assumption would be unrealistic: class struggle is constant. But the form in which this struggle is manifested changes from era to era. In the modern age, as I write this in 2017, we see that the proletariat of old – the factory worker, the burly Industrial Worker of the World in his overalls of yore – has become the labor aristocracy of now. The proletarian of the 21st Century is now more likely to be non-white, non-male, and likely with questionable…

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The Communism of Universal Love (UPDATED)

RADICAL PROGRESS

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(I created the first version of this essayin September of 2012. This update is a re-affirmation of the original, while also revising and extending some of the original wording, as well as making it more suitable for a sermon.)

Emma Goldman, historic anarchist writer, is supposed to have said something along the lines of, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want your revolution.”

In that spirit, I will say that,

If I can’t have LOVE, I don’t want your Communism!

Che Guevara said, “The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.” And, for good measure, the Apostle Paul (as translated in Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch Version) wrote, “Even though I renounce all my possessions, and give my body as a flaming sacrifice, but have no love, I accomplish exactly nothing.”

I have been drawn…

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Neither Broken Nor Crushed

This very succinctly explains my changing views on violence and pacifism, at the right time, in the right place.

I am also reminded of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Rules of War:

O people! I charge you with these rules; learn them well…for your guidance in the battlefield!
*Permission to fight is given to those against whom war is made and because they have been wronged… Those who have been driven out from their homes unjustly.
*Do not commit treachery, or deviate from the right path.
*You must not mutilate dead bodies.
*Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged nor unarmed man.
*Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful.
*Slay not any of the enemy’s flock, save for your food.
*Do not harm those who have devoted themselves to monastic service.

GODS & RADICALS

The “mask of the warrior” I wrote about in Strong Toward the Powerful is no longer hypothetical. All over the United States, people determined to resist the Trump regime and its fascist allies are masking up and taking to the streets.

The black mask of antifascism scares some people, but that doesn’t make it wrong. When you’re faced with a threat as serious as this one, there is no ethical option except to fight back. “Fighting” can mean many different things, and in any conflict throughout history most participants are not in frontline roles. This struggle needs everyone, not only those who are prepared to personally put a mask on and punch a Nazi leader in the face.

There are some highly effective and disruptive nonviolent tactics available for those who are simply unwilling to throw a punch no matter what. The heroic water protectors at Standing Rock have…

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Repost: Patheos Censoring Writers

The following is a repost from Gods & Radicals, a Pagan Anti-Capitalist Website. Originally found here.

 

[repost] Read This Before Patheos Deletes it.

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The following is a repost of an essay deleted by Patheos Pagan detailing the changes they’ve made and their intention to censor their writers. The essay was written by John Halstead on his Patheos-hosted wordpress blog, Allergic Pagan.

We are republishing this because it was deleted by Patheos and the author was locked out of his account, effectively censoring it from the internet.

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Learning and Serving through Interfaith Work

The following is derived from a blog post I wrote for my CFV internship this past winter-spring. The original is posted on their website, here.

This past Jan-April I had the pleasure to serve as the Interfaith Intern for the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University. For me this has meant a lot of things; for one, it means that I got a position I really wanted. Ever since I was really young I’ve wanted to be involved in religious activity in some way and while that may have waned to an extent during my time at Butler, during my senior year it became an extremely important part of my life and my academic study. Continue reading