The Vulgarizations of Marxism

This is the second essay in the Meaning of Marxism series. The first can be found here. Marxism is the most intensely discredited theoretical problematic in contemporary intellectual culture. Unlike other discredited theoretical problematics, like classical philosophy for being racist and misogynistic and evolutionary psychology for drifting towards social darwinism and eugenics, most critiques ofContinue reading “The Vulgarizations of Marxism”

Intro to the Meaning of Marxism

This is an introduction to a series of essays on the Meaning of Marxism. “What is now happening to Marx’s theory has, in the course of history, happened repeatedly to the theories of revolutionary thinkers and leaders of oppressed classes fighting for emancipation. During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them,Continue reading “Intro to the Meaning of Marxism”

Marxist Critique of Human Rights

What Are Rights? Human rights stem from the philosophical tradition, and specifically the notion of natural rights developed by philosophers such as John Locke and Thomas Hobbes. Locke argued that there were three major natural rights: the right to life, liberty, and property. For Locke, natural rights are self-evident, and they come from the lawContinue reading “Marxist Critique of Human Rights”

On Aesthetic Communism

There is a growing trend amongst people in my generation to ascribe to a form of ‘aesthetic communism’. By aesthetic communism, I mean people that agree with communism in theory and will say things like “eat the rich”, “fuck the military”, and crack jokes about the impending ‘revolution’. However, these same people will then devoteContinue reading “On Aesthetic Communism”

On ‘Authoritarianism’

This was originally published under the Fenway Socialists Blog. ‘Authoritarian’ is a popular term nowadays in political discourse. Of course, it has been for a while, but with the rise of Donald Trump and what the media calls ‘populism’, it is now being used on the daily by journalists, politicians, and political commentators. On topContinue reading “On ‘Authoritarianism’”