Vermin Supreme, Anarchy and the Election

Vox Nova is pleased to present the following guest post by Ben Johnson. The turbulence and division caused by the most recent presidential election reminds me that we are not immune to chaos. We are in an already shaken nation. No matter how safe we feel, destructive, chaotic events simply occur in nature and take [Read More…]

For God and Country: The Legacy of Francisco Franco

Eighty-two years ago today, the Spanish Civil War ended.  On April 1, 1939, Generalissimo  Francisco Franco declared victory over the forces of the so-called “Republic” who were in fact the tools of godless communism.    Here is a short clip from a speech he gave that day: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX_-faiNTVU] With this victory, Franco saved Spain and [Read More…]

Quote of the day: Gustavo Esteva

At the end of the First Intercontinental Encounter in the Selva Lacandona, the Zapatistas said at one point, “We are not here to change the world, something that is very difficult, next to impossible. We are here to create a whole new world.” This looks very idealistic, romantic, not real, not pragmatic. Thinking time again [Read More…]

Quote of the day: on the expansion of political desire

Radical political thought is always about more than the setting forth of a programme, more than the diagnosis of the ills of society, more than the sketching of the architecture of a just polity. It should also be about the education of political desire… and the expansion of the social imaginary. This is not a [Read More…]

New books on religious anarchism(s)

I certainly understand the concern that my religio-political views — whether one uses the terms “Catholic anarchism,” “anarcho-Catholicism,” “participatory democratic Catholicism,” “libertarian socialist Catholicism,” etc. etc. — are “idiosyncratic.” I try to be patient with such charges, pointing when I can to persons, movements, and teachings in our Catholic tradition as well as among the [Read More…]

Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

Many of us are thankful tonight for the full, radical life of historian/activist Howard Zinn who passed away today from a heart attack. Check out the well-done obits from the AP and the Boston Globe. If there is anything recognizably good or hopeful in u.s. american history, Zinn pointed to it. Thank you, St. Howard! [Read more…]

Book Review: Living on Hope While Living in Babylon

Living on Hope While Living in Babylon: The Christian Anarchists of the 20th Century by Tripp York Wipf and Stock / $17.00 US (list) [Amazon] [Wipf and Stock] The publication of Tripp York’s Living on Hope While Living in Babylon marks a significant contribution to the recently re-emerging interest in the connection between Christianity and [Read More…]

On Christian Anarchists

Christian anarchists are often given a bad reputation because of the associations one normally has with the words “anarchy” and “anarchist.” One can say that there is a universal use of propaganda by which these associations have been made; whatever social structure one finds oneself in, anarchy has been systematically represented as a bad idea [Read More…]

“We will follow God’s order, not men’s”

Let it be quite clear that if we are being asked to collaborate with a pseudo peace, a false order, based on repression and fear, we must recall that the only order and the only peace that God wants is one based on truth and justice. Before these alternatives, our choice is clear: We will [Read More…]