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The Godly Communists

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#12: Kill All Normies

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The Farewell Tour
Friends! It has been a fantastic run but, like all good things, our podcast has come to an end. This is our Farwell episode (!) and it covers a pretty standard array of topics: Manichaeism, Baby Jesus’ bowel movements, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s presidential aspirations, and us cackling at Tom’s tongue-in-cheek-millennialism. We also take you behind the scenes a bit and talk about what it was like to make 32 episodes over the course of a year, bringing on guests, and the horrors of editing your own voice every week. Honestly, it has been a true honor to share our voices with you in this way. And we’d like to say a big thank you and shout out to everyone who listened to the podcast, supported us on Patreon, did a guest spot, and/or just encouraged us to keep doing this crazy thing. We’re ending on a happy note, as this project has simply come to a close, and look forward to making more and different content in the future! With Abrahamic-Heathen-Commie blessings, Tom and Aaron
May 07, 2021
2.9: The Swedish Seer & The New Reformer
In today’s episode, we are joined by friend of the show Sister Mariakali to discuss the lives and works of the “Swedish Seer” (Emanuel Swedenborg) and the editor of “The New Reformer” (D. Gopaul Chetty). Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist and mystic who, amongst other things, summoned the long-dead Isaac Newton to argue with him about the scientific properties of matter (and won the argument, of course). Chetty was an Indian theologian, activist, and author who so fell in love with the work of the Swedish Seer, and how it intersected with his own tradition (Saiva Siddhanta), that he stood outside of churches on Sunday mornings and evangelized the congregants as they were trying to go home. This episode is a deep dive into mysticism, religious pluralism, and the lives of two truly remarkable men. … Sister Mariakali (also known as Eleanor Schnarr) is a mystic, interoceptive painter, seventh generation Swedenborgian, and is currently studying the intersection of Swedenborgian philosophy and Hinduism at the Graduate Theological Union. See below for links! “New Light Upon Indian Philosophy”, by D. Gopaul Chetty: “Swedenborgianism in India” by Sister Mariakali: Merch shop for Mariakali’s (awesome!) art: Mariakali’s GoFundMe, where she intends to continue the work and legacy of D. Gopaul Chetty:
March 20, 2021
2.8: Indecent Theology and Vital Power
Indecent as ever, The Godly Communists are joined by the brilliant scholar and pastor, the Rev. Kai Daniel Moore. In today’s episode, we talk about flesh, gender, disability, and illness. We engage with the work of Marcella Althaus-Reid, Christina Sharpe, Michel Foucault, and others. Aaron swoons over the idea of Jesus being a Knight-for-the-Lord and, in the process, comes to hate Anselm slightly less. And just to round things out, we briefly touch on the events of January 6th. On the whole, it’s a conversation about vulnerability, power, bodies, and what Queer Theology brings to bear in our understanding of these fundamental aspects of life.
March 04, 2021
2.7: Vignettes with Vicious
The South is in the house, as The Godly Communists are joined by a couple of Alabamians: Gabi France and Michael Hankes, co-hosts of the Vicious as Roman Rule podcast. Our guests share their thoughts on Alabama’s elected officials, the prison-industrial complex, and whether the South is actually as bad as it’s made out to be. We also discuss the shitshow that happened at the Capitol building and have a brief visit from someone who was there on the scene, right after Michael was briefly disappeared by some very well-dressed men in black suits. It’s a dirtbag southern slugfest, replete with irony, inappropriate words, long-winded rants, and one heart-moving vignette depicting a true American hero. Links to the Birmingham Free Store (as well as other awesome organizations that Vicious wants to highlight) can be found here: And you can find Vicious as Roman Rule on any of your favorite podcasting platforms: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, etc.
January 17, 2021
2.6: Heresy, Anarchy, & the Common Good
The Godly Communists talk to new friend of the show, Kevin Mellis, a doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union whose research focuses on the intersections of Christian dogmatic theology, sexual ethics, and liberation. We discuss Kevin's (literal) heresy trial, their experience in labor organizing, an intersex Jesus, and everything from Peter Rollins to prefigurative politics, from Aquinas to Jesus’ circumcision, and of course a passing reference to eating the rich. (We hear they pair especially well with cake.) Please consider donating to Kevin’s GoFundMe, so they can continue and expand their awesome ministry:
December 31, 2020
2.5: How to Do Nothing
We're joined this week by friend of the show, Dr. Isabel Call, to discuss the fine, finnicky art of Sabbath and Jenny Odell’s book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Dr. Isabel Call is a community economist, disability activist, and Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, OH. She holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry. Watch: Jenny Odell, "How to Do Nothing"
December 23, 2020
2.4: Red Emma
"If they deny you work, ask them for bread. If they deny you bread, take it!" This week, Tom and Aaron discuss the wild, revolutionary life of the Jewish-American anarchist once described by J. Edgar Hoover as "the most dangerous woman in America," Emma Goldman. Her story offers insight, not only into the history of the Left in the United States, but also into the profound human drive to live in truth, and consequences be damned! Learn more about "Red Emma" in Vivian Gornick's biography Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life. Music: "The Internationale" (source)
December 11, 2020
2.3: Definitely Not the Bonus Episode
For Thanksgiving Week in the U.S., Tom and Aaron take a break from electoral politics to chat about the media keeping them sane(ish) over the past few weeks. For Aaron it's "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics & Religion" by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt; for Tom it's "VICE," the 2018 biopic of Dick Cheney, and the podcast "Blowback," exploring the history of the Iraq War and the criminals and conmen who got us into it. Check out the links below to learn more. The Righteous Mind: Blowback: VICE: Support us on Patreon:
November 27, 2020
2.2: Make America Sweden Again
“Democracy will constantly break your heart.” Aaron chats with fellow-progressive and friend of the show Elle Mills-Warner about the 2020 elections specifically, the possibilities (and limitations) of electoral politics in general, and what it might take to unite a divided country. Also, Make America Sweden Again. Support us on Patreon: Elle Mills-Warner is a spiritual seeker, activist, and artist working in direct ministry with vulnerable populations. She received a Bachelor of the Arts from Weber State University and a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry. She describes herself as multireligious having a background in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormonism), Greek Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Unitarian Universalism. She is currently an active member of Community of Christ, several earth-centered traditions, and regularly attends Mass. Prior to seminary, Elle did a research blog called “52 Weeks in 52 Churches” in which she visited 52 houses of worship in a single year. Elle self-identifies as an intersectional feminist, socialist, and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. She is currently a Residential Companion at Plymouth Healing Communities in Seattle, WA.
November 17, 2020
2.1: That Is the Hope
The U.S. 2020 Election results are (mostly) in, and Joey B is on track become the next President of the United States. Tom and Aaron discuss what this means for the Left and what to order for brunch on this new Morning in America. Support us on Patreon:
November 11, 2020
BONUS: Knockin' Down the Clowns (Debate 2020)
Debate 2020 Coverage. Tom and Aaron fail at brevity but succeed at sardonic laughter. Tune back in November 9th when we come back swingin' with a new president-elect, a new format, and the same biting religious and political analysis you've come to know and tolerate! Also, remember to VOTE on or before November 3! Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
October 23, 2020
#21: Debates, d'Bidens, and d'Ballot Box Blues
The gang talks Election 2020, the Democratic Party, and why Tom is one of the Whitest Kids U Know. Check your voter registration here: Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
October 12, 2020
#20: Hashtag Canceled
A painfully deep dive into so-called cancel culture. Does it exist? If so, what even is it? And is it a unique feature of the "left," the way a lot of conservative critics like to paint it? (Yes, it's complicated, and no, for the record.) Select sources compiled here: Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
October 05, 2020
#19: Two Characterless Opportunists
Two begrudging members of the professional-managerial class (PMC) discuss what Amber A'Lee Frost calls the PMC's "characterless opportunism." What's that, you ask? Well, I guess you'll just have to listen, won't you? ;) Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
September 28, 2020
#18: Climate Fires & Capitalism
As the smoke clears from the West Coast, we look to our Native relatives for wisdom to weather climate collapse. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
September 21, 2020
#17: Opiate or Amphetamine? (Pt. 2)
The second half of our two-part episode "Opiate or Amphetamine?" as Tom and Aaron explore some of the specific ways that politics shape, and are shaped by, the religious stories we tell. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
September 18, 2020
#16: Opiate or Amphetamine? (Pt. 1)
Is religion an opiate of the masses, or an amphetamine for social transformation? The first of a two-parter on the interrelations between religion and politics. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
September 07, 2020
#15: You, Me, and Uncle Karl
While Democrats and Republicans hold their party conventions, we reread the Communist Manifesto to see what a 172-year-old party platform has to offer in 2020. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
August 24, 2020
#14: The S-Word
Get ready for a Red Scare, comrades! We talk Biden/Harris 2020, the road to radicalization, and why socialism isn't just a political commitment for us but a spiritual value as well. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
August 17, 2020
#13: Yer Still a Wizard
A marathon episode in which Tom and Aaron bring their reread of the Harry Potter series to a close with "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows." Yer still a wizard, Harry! Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
August 11, 2020
#12: Kill All Normies
This week we read Angela Nagle's book "Kill All Normies" and discuss the genesis of the online alt-right. Thanks to Gordon Gilmore for the rec - pick up the book and join the conversation! Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
August 03, 2020
#11: Felix Felicis
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince this week - or as Tom likes to call it, Severus Snape & the Long Con. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
July 27, 2020
#10: The Gospel of Light
A modern myth, by Aaron Eaves and Tom Emanuel. For more about Mythic Theater, visit Music: Garden Music by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
July 20, 2020
#9: Dispatches from the Department of Mysteries
In which Tom and Aaron suggest that J.K. Rowling go on a year-long retreat to Bali to sort her shit out, Elizabeth Gilbert-style. Also Book 5. The Long One.  Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
July 13, 2020
#8: Pseudosocial Media
Tom expounds his Grand Unified Theory of Why Social Media Sucks. Aaron interrupts him when the joyless Marxism becomes overwhelming. Digressions on politics, prayer, and performance ensue. [CW: brief discussions of homophobic bullying and suicide] Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
July 07, 2020
#7: Three Tasks and a TERF
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire might just be Aaron's favorite Potter yet. Tom loves it too. Also, trans people are who they say they are. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 26, 2020
#6: Defund the Police
Support the Movement for Black Lives: Feel free to hit us up for sources on statistics. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 17, 2020
#5: Expecto Patronum
Tom & Aaron continue their dive into Harry Potter with "Prisoner of Azkaban." Also, Black Lives Matter. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
June 06, 2020
#4: Riddle Me This, Tom
Tom and Aaron stan Dobby for President as they reread "Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets" Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
May 17, 2020
#3: Art as Religion, Religion as Art
Where do creativity and spirituality intersect? Why make art in pandemic times? Tom and Aaron reflect from their perspective as ministers as well as artists. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
May 06, 2020
#2: Yer a Wizard
Tom and Aaron use quarantine time to reread Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone.  Their conclusion: Dumbledore is a darling queen. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
April 26, 2020
#1: Christ, Covid, & the Bernie Blues
Our first episode! Tom and Aaron talk Easter, pandemics, and Bernie Sanders. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
April 15, 2020