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Walter Brueggemann: Empire and Neighborhood

Check out this short (4:34) interview with Walter Brueggemann over at the Alter Video Magazine. Brueggemann talks about the difference between “empire,” which he describes as “therapeutic technological consumer militarism” and “a coercive apparatus to cause all resources to flow to the narrow top that depends on cheap labor at the bottom,” and “neighborhood,” which he says “imagines organizing social power in an egalitarian way from below.” He also talks about the influence different oppressive empires had on the Old Testament, and compares that to the crisis of the Church in the middle of the American empire.

Very good stuff.

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