Growing up, theological writings were instrumental in shaping my worldview. I was raised in a revisionist Biblical household with mildly socialist politics. Along with my uniform of ripped jeans and floppy Chuck Taylors, I wore t-shirts with theologians on them that my dad bought from his seminary’s bookstore. My backpack that I brought along to intermediate school and junior high was festooned with punk pins and crosses. I don’t remember doing much homework, but I do remember reading Ivan Illich, Leo Tolstoy, St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Bandoppler zine (when it was online).
In high school I began to devour Americana poetry, ironic short stories, long Russian novels, African-American literature, fantasy and sci-fi. I got into zen and daoism and listened to hardcore and folk. After finishing the Grapes of Wrath I was silent for a day. At 17 I left school to live in India for a year, where I studied tabla and ayurveda. Cultivating my own philosophy and spirit was my paramount concern.
Once I got to college I became less self-reflective. I gave up fiction almost entirely. I read widely in history, sociology, anthropology, economics, comparative religion. Throughout college and grad school I wanted to know more about the world and less about myself, which I know now to have been an important sign of growth combined with an equally-important oversight. For this reason my philosophical essays from this time period don’t feel truly representative of my philosophy. They are, however, a good roadmap of some of my intellectual influences of the past five or six years. You’ll see the Young Hegelians, the Frankfurt School, French Post-structuralists, and some good old late-century American anarchists (though surprisingly few compared to their relative importance to me). Perhaps this section is more aptly entitled “Social Theory,” and the truly Philosophical (in the sense of having more introversion and self-reflection) essays could be seen to be forthcoming.
At any rate, enjoy!
D.C., “Daoism and American Radical Thought: Is the Daodejing Anarcho-Primitivist?” (Spring 2004).
D.C., “Searching for the Life in Albert’s ‘Life After Capitalism’” (November 4, 2006).
D.C., “Baudrillard, Hyperreality, and Marxism” (April 9, 2007).
D.C., “Becoming Ownness” (May 4, 2007).
D.C., “On Marx’s ‘The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof’“(October 27, 2009).
D.C., “Reading Across Marx: What Becomes of the Concept of Alienation?” (October 30, 2009).
D.C., “Marx’s Capital Chapter 8: Fixed Capital and Circulating Capital” (February 4, 2010).