Archives For Polytheism

The Place of Knowing

July 5, 2016 — 9 Comments

What had made me ask that? Trilling with magic and sadness, so full of sudden knowledge and so lacking in wisdom to use it.

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This is Horrific

April 12, 2016

This will make you very, very angry. Share widely.

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Dahut At the Floodgate

August 16, 2015 — 44 Comments

“Those clamouring for grip upon the flimsy “Pagan umbrella” have failed to learn what we must: There can be no Authority, there can be no complicity, there can be no Capital, there can be no Masters.”

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Riding the Crazy Train

November 20, 2014 — 10 Comments

Second review of the month: Judith O’Grady’s fantastic little book, ‘God-Speaking’

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Race and the Gods

September 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

My first column for Polytheist.com is up, an introductory discussion regarding Race, the State, and Modernity in Polytheism.

The various Polytheisms, unfortunately, have under-developed understandings of race, the State, and the Modern itself, understandings which leave them them frightfully open to co-option by reactionary, “New Right” theorists. In response to such incursions, supporters of Liberal-Capitalism can rightly point to racist tendencies within Paganism, but they are not the only accurate critics: Leftist theorists, too, have continuously pointed to Pagan-Polytheist acceptances of racial theories and have suggested that such tendencies are inherent to Polytheism, particularly in aspects of cultural and ethnic re-construction.

 

It’s heavily inspired by recent discussions about antifascist critiques of Heathenism and cultural reconstructionism.  Also, some events which compelled me to cut off tentative ties with Celtic Reconstructionism (they’ve got some desperately unaddressed racialist issues they need to address, and even some of the most liberal amongst them fail to call out racialist tendencies).  It’s also related to something else though–the “New Right” (that is, the racialist Right) is not all wrong.  Their racism is ridiculous, but their critiques of Modern Capitalism are correct.  They just, unfortunately, blame it all on non-Whites, ignoring the fact that the wealthy and powerful who are fucking them over are, guess what?  White.