To Break Bread With Judas

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
The Taking of Christ, 1602
Oil on canvas

In certain progressive circles, something to the following extent has been punted around from time to time as an expression of dire concern regarding the resurgence of Nazism (and other fascist / neo-fascist ideologies) in our late-modern world:

“‘As we say in Germany, if there’s a Nazi at the table and 10 other people sitting there talking to him, you got a table with 11 Nazis’… When you break bread with a Nazi, you tell them that they’re a member of society. They’re not. They don’t deserve to be. And they should know their hatreds [sic] make them unfit to be around decent people.” (David Rodham Avallone)

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The Kingdom against Hegemony

Henryk Siemiradzki
Nero’s Torches, 1876
Oil on canvas

In approximately 94-95 A.D., an elderly man exiled to Patmos wrote a vision that he had received from God. How we ought to be interlocutors with his mode of composition (i.e. whether the written text is all visionary or partially visionary and partially literary) is unimportant for observing the heaviness of the content of his work: that is, the Book of Revelation as a text primarily concerned with the critique of Imperial power and the Christian answer to the problem of Empire. For the purposes of this post, I will be using the academic definition of Empire, as a political-social order that aims for hegemony over its subjects. Continue reading “The Kingdom against Hegemony”