Ever since I’ve started this site in November, I have been working on the Meaning of Marxism series. That project was motivated by a desire to intervene in contemporary debates, where I have felt that my contemporaries have been operating with muddled conceptions of Marxism. Specifically, I felt that some Marxists were granting too muchContinue reading “Update”
Communism calls for the abolition of private property, classes, the state and repressive state apparatus, and the division of manual and intellectual labor.
How many revolutions have failed because the odds were too stacked against them, regardless of how revolutionary the party was?
Marxism is the most intensely discredited theoretical problematic in contemporary intellectual culture.
Central to Lenin’s claim is that Marxism is vulgarized, implying intentional distortion, because it is a revolutionary theory.
Even if human rights are bourgeois concepts, they can still be used by Marxists. Marxists can revise, revolutionize, or even appropriate human rights in the ideological struggle against capitalism. Marxists can also use human rights to add weight to critiques of capitalist society. Beyond that, however, human rights are just nonsense upon stilts.
Aesthetic communists are usually liberals, social democrats, or progressives that co-opt the communist aesthetic in their attempts to build an online brand.
For those who use authoritarianism, it’s really just directed at those who wield power in general. It doesn’t question who holds power, and who power is held against. It obscures power relations to claim all power relations are the same