The Regenerative Reader (January 2023)

Here's a copy of our latest newsletter, where you'll find news about our new Marx reading group, the next "Pints with Plato," and some important news from the JPII Catholic Worker farm. You can download this copy! regenerative-reader-11Download

“Pints with Plato” Sessions Start Up in January

Starting one month from now, Dr. Laurie Johnson be going live on first Thursday evenings (7 p.m. Central Time) for "Pints With Plato" (which won't just be about Plato--it's just that he's one of her favorite political philosophers). You can see a full description and sign up for any single session on Eventbrite for a donation, and soon we'll also have some subscription choices on Patreon for those who want access to all these as well as seminars and series from Laurie and other co-founders of the Maurin Academy, like Spencer, Jakob and Bryant, all of whom have appeared on Laurie's YouTube channel. Spencer is also co-host of our Dustbowl Diatribes podcast. We'll also have a newsletter to tell you about upcoming events! My first "Pints with Plato" is on Thursday, January 5! More to come!

Season 2, Ep 1: Why Don’t Pastors Go There? Interview With a Lutheran Pastor

Laurie and Spencer interview retired Lutheran Pastor Tom Mundahl. Mundahl has made action the center of his ministry, including leading a venture into Catholic Worker hospitality in a Campus student group. We discuss why it is difficult for pastors to move beyond the comfort zones of their parishioners to lead them into new ways of living and interacting with others. We discuss the obstacle of Christian nationalism as the latest inhibitor of Christian action.

Should Seeds Be Mere Commodities?

This is a segment from Laurie Johnson's presentation in the first session of The Maurin Academy's Fall 2022 short series on Agricultural Biotechnology and the Information Economy. She is guided by information from the first part of Jack Kloppenberg's First the Seed. The short series with Laurie Johnson and Jakob Hanschu brings Kloppenberg's scholarship to bear on McKenzie Wark's The Hacker Manifesto, and vice versa.

Dustbowl Diatribes 6: What the Frack?

Our guest is Nik Gaffron talks to us about his personal experience fighting fracking on public lands in Pennsylvania. We learn a lot about the fracking process as well as the politics and economics, especially how it impacts people who live near a fracking operation. Why do public officials so easily consent to these large-scale industrial operations in or close to residential areas? Why is it so hard to fight fracking in an effort to protect not only public lands but private property and its value? What are the hidden costs financially and to our health?

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