Ascending the Tower – Episode I: “I’m an intersectional transfeminist”

This week on the podcast, we’re joined by John Glanton, a weekly columnist here at Social Matter for a discussion on the encroachment of critical theory in academia and the difference between abstract political theorizing and theorizing which takes concrete states of affairs and thedes as a given and proceeds from that starting point.

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  1. Nick’s voice sometimes sounds like Dan Patrick.

  2. Great stuff guys. This currently my favorite part of the ‘sphere. Best part is co-workers assume it’s NPR.

  3. A great podcast guys. I think concerns about pan-nationalism are often seen through the lens of European democratic politics. Nationalist unity has been hobbled in the EU by conflicting interests and such. If one rejects democratic politics as a means to our ends, does it matter so much? Hmmmm

    I would note however that pan-nationalism had somewhat of a golden age during the interwar period, notably with many foreigners coming to Spain to fight on behalf of nationalist forces.

  4. Sylvanus Talmadge February 10, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    “Alternatives to education.”
    “Prostylization in the form of teaching.”

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