Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
Adam Theron-Lee Rensch is the author of the Field Notes book No Home for You Here: A Memoir of Class and Culture (London: Reaktion/Brooklyn Rail, 2020). He lives in Chicago.
What We Talk About When We Talk About ClassBy Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
In the early 2000s, I spent many nights at the now defunct Emma St Bar & Grill, a truck stop diner located just off I-75 in Findlay, Ohio. Open twenty-four hours, it offered cheap, greasy food and bottomless cups of coffee.
Donald J. Trump, or How He Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the EstablishmentBy Adam Theron-Lee Rensch and Nicoletta Rousseva
By occupying the strange position of both problem and solution, democracy in the twenty-first century has become something surprisingly reminiscent of the totalizing, ideologically laden politics to which it is often deemed antithetical.
Tycoons of Despair:
By Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
Austerity, Aesthetics, and Sentimentality
This was not the story I intended to write. That was a fictional story, though like many fictional stories it was inspired by a true event.
On Being a Good Ally: The Handmaid's Tale And the Specter of FascismBy Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
Virtually every critical review of the new adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has drawn parallels between the series’ fictional totalitarian theocracy, Gilead, and the policies and ideological proclivities of Donald Trump’s administration.
Identity and its DiscontentsBy Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
Identity is a complicated thing. It is not, to paraphrase Wittgenstein, like simply hanging a label onto a person, though the contemporary discussion addressing identity—and identity politics, specifically—often imagines this to be the case.
White, Rural, and Poor:
By Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
On the Politics of Non-Identity
On a humid day in the summer of 2010, amidst the lingering fallout from the financial crisis, I entered New York’s Penn Station and boarded a train headed for northwest Ohio.
Class Act: Warren's TriangulationBy Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
On August 15, 2018, a little over three months before she would form an exploratory committee for the Democratic presidential nomination, Elizabeth Warren issued a press release announcing new legislation. The Accountable Capitalism Act, a hilarious contradiction in terms, promised to eliminate skewed market incentives and return America to an era when corporations and workers did well together.
Politics with Normal CharacteristicsBy Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
The reality is that Trumps presidency has been anything but not normal. It has continued the same brutal worldview of his predecessors, albeit with unorthodox theatrics that has made the mockery of our two-party system transparent.
A New Man Is No Good on Earth: The Great Cowboy StrikeBy Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
Few narratives remain as endearing to the American mythos as the frontier. The images it has given us—from the small-town saloon of drunken gunslingers to the rugged cowboy wandering a lonely, expansive landscape—symbolize the organizing principles of American capitalism: individualism and self-sufficiency, property rights, a domination of nature, and a masculine celebration of violence as a vehicle for creation (“disruption,” as it is now called in startup speak). In our increasingly borderless world of global capital, the frontier’s legacy continues to validate a conquest of land and people that falsely imagines itself without limits.