Bruce Rogers-Vaughn: the Neo-Liberal Attack on the Soul

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This episode is amazing. It is just super-duper spectacular. Oh, it is also packed with awesome sauce.

I can’t wait for all of you in helping professions to hear this and get yourself the book – Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age. Dr. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn is Associate Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Counseling at Vanderbilt Divinity School, an ordained minister, and practicing therapist.

Over the course of the conversation Dr. Vaughn mentions a couple articles he has kindly shared here: “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn” and “Pastoral Reflections on Debt in the Age of Trump.” These will surely inspire checking out the book 🙂

  • how Capitalism and Neo-liberalism attack the soul
  • learning from our pain
  • the quasi-religion of neo-liberalism
  • Deregulation, Liberalization, and Privatization
  • the secret perversity of meritocracy
  • the nature of soul
  • the erosion of community and public life
  • the neoliberal appropriation of identity politics
  • distinguishing between types of suffering
  • the pathology of normalcy
  • student debt-slavery

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  • reframing the nature of vocation
  • educational industrial complex
  • public outrage, trigger warnings, micro-aggressions, and virtue signaling
  • the politics of recognition
  • cultural resentment
  • cultivating communities of harm-reduction
  • human waste in the neo-liberal order
  • how social media cultivates anxiety

An amazing collection of texts Bruce mentioned

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