We Are All in the Gutter, But Some Of Us are Looking At The Stars

dalai lama
The Dalai Lama. An avowed Marxist and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Not a Pagan; however, supportive of the indigenous Bön religion. Criticized extensively by hard-line Buddhists and also the Totalitarian Chinese government for ‘politicizing’ Buddhism. Image CC by 2.0, Christopher Michel

Happy Beltane!

Gods&Radicals is now a daily site and, on 1 May, was voted in as a non-profit publishing organization with a board and Rhyd Wildermuth as Managing Editor.  Once application for non-profit status is complete, we’ll have the full information listed on the site.

Needless to say, we’re excited!

This Week

Monday: Sean Donahue on Eros and Resistance

Tuesday: Michael Strojan with The Light of Heresy

Wednesday: Johnny Rapture’s “Ritual Theory, Rally Practice”

Thursday: A second piece by Fjothr Odinsdottir Lokakvan

Friday: Lia Hunter’s first essay for Gods&Radicals, “The Enchanted”

Satyrday: Jennifer Lawrence’s first essay on poverty and offerings.


Quite a bit happened this week, too much for us to keep up with.  Friday was Beltane, and celebrated with both ritual and protest across much of the world.  For more history regarding the links between Beltane and May Day, we recommend this essay.

Several fantastic pieces about Beltane were published this week.  We recommend:

Also, Lisha Sterling’s piece on Spiritual Sovereignty at A Sense of Place is a great read.

And you may find Sunday’s piece at The Wild Hunt by the editor of Gods&Radicals readable, too.



A system of government in which the powerless internalize the logic and demands of the powerful.

In strict political terms, Hegemony described the process by which nations became indirect colonial subjects of a Hegemonic power, policing their own actions and overtly following the dominant power’s political goals to avoid being conquered.

The term also describes the psychological, social, and physical behaviors of conquered subjects of Capital.  No direct rule or threat of force is required for workers to show up to work on time, and obedience to laws (just or unjust) stems not from consent to those laws, but internalized fear of reprisals.

Hegemony explains, also, how we re-inforce discipline in each other, ‘policing’ the behavior of individuals within a community.  For instance, rioting and looting as part of a political manifestation is often reported, criticized, and even punished by otherwise sympathetic observers because of internalized fear-of-reprisals.  Likewise, the barista who gives away coffee for free may be reported by a fellow worker, or a political agitator may be turned-in or actively silenced by their community.


“Somewhere in the industrial age, objects shut up because their creation had become so remote and intricate a process that it was no longer readily knowable.  Or they were silenced, because the pleasures of abundance that all the cheap goods offered were available only if they were mute about the scarcity and loss that lay behind their creation.”  -Rebecca Solnit

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