Fund the Future with Middle Class Tax Cuts and Higher Corporate Taxes

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for a Green New Deal. Kamala Harris is calling for tax cuts that actually cut taxes for the middle class. Everyone wants to know how we're going to pay for these things. I've been kicking some ideas around today in partial conversation with a friend. A Green New Deal will probably … Continue reading Fund the Future with Middle Class Tax Cuts and Higher Corporate Taxes

Doubt, Depression, Dread-Mornings of the Soul

From 2014: I'm trying to write a new post about depression and doubt. One does not do this without referencing Leonard Cohen and Ernest Hemingway. I looked up some old posts for reference, only to find that I'd written this almost a year ago to the day: https://chriscocca.com/2013/02/08/rockstars-and-whetstones-and-ssris-steven-hyden-and-a-bunch-of-other-stuff/ I can't say that my medical situation … Continue reading Doubt, Depression, Dread-Mornings of the Soul

Jesus, Toure, Theology, etc.

I can't speak to the meat of this piece, and the piece it opposes, as it relates to post-blackness. On the other hand, ethnographically, I do know something about the immigrant experiences of my own kin, and people like them, in the history of 20th century Americanization.  Clearly, I cannot (and have no reason to … Continue reading Jesus, Toure, Theology, etc.

Rollins, Zizek, Durruti, Tillich: Religion Deconstructed, Wisdom Demolished By Love

"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce."  I had occasion to be reminded of that recently.  It comes from Marx and Engels, and Slavoj Zizek uses it as the title of a recent treatise. In his affirmation of pyro-theology, Peter Rollins takes up Buenaventura Durruti's claim that "the only church that illuminates is … Continue reading Rollins, Zizek, Durruti, Tillich: Religion Deconstructed, Wisdom Demolished By Love

Bartleby, the Carpenter; Bartleby the King of Pop: The Inevitability of Jesus and Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson died in 2009.  This post is from 2013.  I enjoyed this recent post from Wandering Mirages about the eponymous hero (or something) of Herman Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener.   Wandering Mirages concludes that Bartleby is all things at once: But, in the end, in the tragic and evasive end, the novella had proved … Continue reading Bartleby, the Carpenter; Bartleby the King of Pop: The Inevitability of Jesus and Michael Jackson