Friday, July 27, 2012

Political Theology: Chick-fil-A, Capitalism, and Free Speech

From Harrisonburg, VA 22802, USA
"There is Power in the Blog" - the amazing name of the blog for the Political Theology journal, has just put up my first contribution there...

There’s no such thing as a free chicken sandwich.
(And it’s a good thing, too.)

Here's the summary:
In this post I want to focus on two interrelated things: 1) The capitalist logic to expressions of morality in the digital age, and 2) its effect on our understanding of the principle of free speech. What I’ll argue is that contemporary moral discourse is marked by a sense of victimhood which fuels the vitriolic and polarized nature of its expressions. In a society saturated by competing values disconnected from substantive moral traditions, this vacuum is filled surreptitiously by the moral logic of the “free” market. Moral discourse and outrage, then, has a deeply economic quality with a thin ideological sheen. The second part of my argument rests upon the first in that appeals to the principle of Free Speech – e.g. the Chick-fil-A flap – act simply as a screen for the phenomenon described in point one. Finally, my brief constructive remarks belie a vision for radical ecclesia which resists such destructive practices by enacting a politics and economics which emanates from the story-shaped practices of the body of Christ.
Check it out...

Thanks to Dave True, who guided me through the editorial process and helped the tech geek (me) find options in WordPress I didn't know existed. And thanks, McCracken, for the chicken sandwich photo; as usual, you're a gem!

And for another perspective...Antoine Dodson! (This Antoine Dodson.)

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